A number of civilian vessels are also on the way to the area. Mr O’Callaghan said it was likely the bodies would be taken to Christmas Island and Western Australia might become responsible for a coronial inquiry. “We have grave fears for the remainder,” he told reporters. Indonesia’s search and rescue authority BASARNAS is co-ordinating the search with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).AMSA confirmed there are definitely survivors but was unable to give numbers.The Australian mission involves Defence aircraft equipped with life rafts, a Customs maritime surveillance aircraft, and two Armidale class patrol boats, HMAS Larrakia and Wollongong. The External Affairs Ministry in Sri Lanka told the Colombo Gazette that its missions in Australia and Indonesia were also monitoring the situation.Up to 200 people were on board the vessel, which was on its way from Sri Lanka to Australia. Australian Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare is being briefed and may make a statement later on Thursday night, Sydney Morning Herald reported.Prime Minister Julia Gillard is likely to discuss the situation with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at a breakfast event they are both attending in Rio, Brazil, on Thursday. Several of the people on a boat believed to have been carrying mostly Sri Lankans which capsized off Christmas Island in Australia today are believed to have been killed.The Sydney Morning Herald quoted West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan as saying about 40 people were spotted on the upturned hull, others were in the water and up to 75 others may be dead.
“The commercial vehicle industry can take heart from a respectable performance in August with customers boosting registrations by almost 15%,” said Nigel Base, SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager. “For vans, August is always a quieter month ahead of the September plate-change but the 9.4% year-to-date rise in volumes is set to be maintained through to year end. We predicted a turn-around in truck fortunes through the second half of this year and the robust performance in August is a signal that volumes should catch and pass 2012 totals.” Vans10,34411.1%161,9389.4%253,5722.6% Trucks3,10729.0%28,221-4.8%44,279-7.3% UK van and truck registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012 Total13,45114.8%190,1597.0%297,8511.0% August% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change Total CV registrations were robust in August up 14.8% at 13,451 units with year-to-date volumes 7% above 2012 at 190,159 units.Vans rose 11.1% with 10,344 registrations in the month and remained 9.4% up for the January-August period with 161,938 registrations.Truck demand grew 29% in the month, continuing the reversal of fortunes seen in the first half of 2013 and improving year-to-date performance, now down just 4.8% at 28,221 units. Click through to download the full August 2013 CV news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)