SHORTAGE OF SHIPS.
POSITION EXTREMELY ACUTE,
Ale'terhas come to the authorities hero from the Imperial Government Frozen Meat Australian Shipping Committee, Sydney, dated May 27. This letter shows, amongst other things, tbat New Zealand is not the only oountry that is suffering from the lack of chipping space. Following is an extract from the letter: -
"J understand that a communication was reoently received by tba Prime Minister of New /ealand to tbe effect that there are nineteen meat boats in nil loading in Australia during May, and that although they will be filled, two or three could very well be spared for New Althongh the Btateraent that nineteen meat Bteatners load in Australia in May is correot, it is liable to oauae mipappreheneion, as for your infortna , tion I tnigbt mention that of the nineteen steamers leading in May only seven steamers were under the, eont.ro! o ? the" committee, rat of whioh three were mail steamers, poseasing very limited insulated space. The twelve remaining steamera transports and under the direct oontrol of the Common, wexlth Navy Office as to their ports of lading, and the quantity of meat which each steamer could lift, such quantities being governed by military considerations. '•Tba* two or three steamers could have been epared ia abpolutely inaoourate. Tbe position in Australia this month has been most acute, and will be even more acute next month, In Queensland a large number of the works have already beenJMocked and had to stop operations with disastrous effeots to the cattle already on the road. Aβ you will no deubt have heard, the Imperial Government are anxious that beef should rooaive preference., The majority of the beef exported from Australia Roes from Queens, land, where it has been quite impossible for us to give the works the opportunities of shipments that thoy re quire. In addition to the beef in Queensland, there is a large quantity ot mutton, which has been in store in Qneonshnd for some months, and whioh the oommittea have been unable up to the present to touch, and are not likely to be able to lift for soma time to coma yet,
"The position at Sydney and Melbourne is that meat ia at present in store which has been there for four or five months, and there is no possibility of our being able to clear thin up until July, at nny rnio. "Taking it all round, it seems f :iat New Zealand tiae been quite as well, if not better treated than Australia in oonrieotion with the supply of tonnage, especially seeing tbat beef ie what the Imperial authorities particularly require. For your further information the committee have under their control only 'three steamers for allotment in June, out of which one in a mail steamer with very limited insulated space, while total space in requisitioned steamers and transports in June will, I estimate, 1 ft only about one third of tbe meat awaiting shipment."
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SHORTAGE OF SHIPS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915