Ship Stopped To Ensure Safety Of Cattle



A Wellard-owned ship, the Ocean Outback, carrying thousands of cattle and sheep, spent the past two nights anchored off Fremantle because of mechanical problems with one of its two engines.

The vessel is under charter to Otway Livestock Exports and was on its way to Israel.  After leaving Fremantle on Tuesday it notified the market that the voyage had been delayed as a precaution.

The decision to stop the vehicle was taken to ensure the safety and animal welfare.  Otway managing director Alan Schmidt said Wellard had the situation under control and he expected a speedy resolution.

Wellard said,  “the feed, water and ventilation systems on board were not affected.  Vets were available on board with them.”

In 2013, Mr Schmidt had a non-Wellard vessel carrying 5240 cattle delayed off Fremantle for more than a week for repairs.  The cattle were at sea for five weeks before arriving in Israel.

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Source: ABC News