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Speaking at Akaroa on Monday, tbe Hon R- H. Rhodes, Postmaster Genera!, said that the shipping com panics realised that there would be a shortage of insulated tonnage eighteen months ago. To demonstrate this, bo said that one firm announced that it intended to build six extra vessels for the N'dw Zealand trade, and two of these, he believed, were begun already. Mr A. W. Bennett, general manager of tbe New Zealand Shipping Company, in reply to the Minister's statements on Tuesday night, expressed an opinion that Mr Rhodes intended to cay that last aeison, twelve or fifteen months ago, tbe company's] meat tonnage was somewhat inadequate, and the London directorate, in response to urgent re quests by tbe New Zealand directorate, gave an assu-aoce tbat there would bf

more insulated tonnage for loading this year. The present position showed that this scheme bad been carried out, as up to tbe end of this month the company would have provided space for about 700,000 carcases, while dur ing tbe same terra last season it had space for only about 400,000 carcases, In addition, the London directorate begnn a building programme. Some of the steamers on the programme had been contracted for already. It would have given the company several more vessels by this date if the war bad not indefinitely postponed tho completion of the ves3al3. The Q,on structibn of two of tbe vessels was begun at Dunkirk, in France, and one of them was launched. The work was done in France because the com pany could get quicker delivery from that country, on account of cringes tion in building yards in tbe United Kingdom. Tbe Hororata was the only veesel on the new tbe company had received, and it was completed some time previously,

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THE SHIPPING TROUBLE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3479, 19 February 1915

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THE SHIPPING TROUBLE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3479, 19 February 1915

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