One of the more serious effects of the crisis in Indonesia over West New Guinea has been the stagnation in the shipping formerly operated by KPM of Dutch nationals.
Roll No. 1.
Several different shots of dockers lifting rice bags from the trucks and pilling them together to be lifted by cranes.
Different close shots of dockers lifting the rice bags.
Different shots of rice being into the boat by the cranes and dockers arranging the bags inside.
Close shot of a superintendent writing the amount of rice already put into the hold.
MS of another officer conducting the discharge of bags into the hold
Different shots of dockers adjusting the rice bags in the hold.
Roll No. 2.
Different shots of rice being lowered into the hold of Billitona.
LS of several big ships lying idle, and the harbour.
Another LS of the several big ships lying idle.
Several different shots of the rice being lowered into the hold and dockers adjusting the rice bags.
LS of the operating of leading the boat with rice, with idle ships in the far background.
Another LS of Billitona being loaded with rice with idle ships in the background.
MS of a man collecting rice from ground.
LS of a Capt and another officer of the boat, both Dutchmen walking along the boat and inspecting it.
LS of the boat.
CU of the came Billitona.
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Background: One of the more serious effects of the crisis in Indonesia over West New Guinea has been the stagnation in the shipping formerly operated by KPM of Dutch nationals.
The islands of the Indonesian archipelago relied entirely on these ships for the maintenance of essential supplies and communications. Now traffic to many islands has caused altogether while considerably rerouted to others.
Food supplies on the islands have been dwindling fast and the islanders are now facing a deepening food crisis, apart from a shortage of other commodities.
A fleet of small craft has been enlisted to carry rice to the outlying islands in an effort to stay off the shortage. But even so, there is an insufficient number of boats suitable for the task.
One boat now engaged on the rice run is, the MV BILLITONA. Here she is being loaded with a modest 150 toms of rices. Loading is carried out at the greatest speed so that the vessel can get away to its destination with the utmost despatch. The Billitona is sailing out to the islands of the same name.
The captain and engineer of BILITONA are both Dutch.
A serious aspect of the situation is that many merchants have started to hoard rice supplies, with an ensuing rise in prices. For many the price is now beyond their slender means and they are forced to scavenge waste from rice sacks on the quayside.