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  • THE END OF AN ERA IN NEWCASTLE:
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    The Newcastle Floating Dock.

    The Newcastle Floating Dock.
     
     

    Having a lifting capacity of 8 t o n s; (vi) be equipped with mooring chains and anchors sufficient to moor the dock away from a wharf in such manner as to permit of the docking of vessels up to 1.3,000 tons displacement. 3. The Minister for Public Works shall use his best endeavours to complete the construction and equipment of the said dock within a period of three years from the date of this Agreement. 4. Except as provided in clause 5 of this Agreement the dock shall at all times be located at Walsh Island Dockyard and be under the control and management of the Minister for Public Works. 5. In times of international emergency (of which the Minister for Defence shall be the sole judge) or of war or on the stranding of a warship of the Commonwealth or another similar event the Commonwealth may by notice in writing signed by or on behalf of the Minister for Defence to the Minister for Public Works take over immediately the absolute control and management of the dock and may move it to such place or places in or out of the Commonwealth as the Minister for Defence may from time to time think fit. Immediately upon such notice being given the State shall take all such steps as may be necessary to facilitate the taking over of the said dock by the Commonwealth at Walsh Island. G. At all times while the dock is under the control and management of the Minister for Public Works he shall at the expense of the State of New South Wales maintain the said dock and equipment in good order and condition so as to be always ready for the purpose of docking and repair of vessels. 7. (1) At all times while the dock is under the absolute control and management of the Minister for Defence as provided in clause 5 of this Agreement the expense of maintenance of the dock and equipment shall be borne by the said Minister for Defence. (2) When no longer required by the Minister for Defence the dock stall be returned by him to Walsh Island Dockyard and delivered back to the Minister for Public Works in as good condition as when the absolute control and management of the dock were taken over by the Minister tor Defence fair wear and tear excepted, such fair wear and tear to be taken as not including damage incurred by any act of war. (3) In the event of the total loss of the said dock whilst under the absolute control and management of the Minister for Defence he shall pay to the Minister for Public Works in full satisfaction of all claims (if any) which the said Minister may have against the Minister for Defence in respect of or arising out of such total loss an amount equal to the original capital cost of the dock to the New South Wales Government reduced proportionately by the depreciation which has taken place up to the time of such loss in the value of the dock. (4) The amount to be paid by the Minister for Defence to the Minister for Public Works under the last preceding subclause shall in default of agreement between the parties be determined by two arbitrators (one to be appointed by each party) under the laws of the State relating to arbitration.

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