THE Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) were advised on the afternoon of Friday, February 10, that the livestock vessel Al Shuwaikh had experienced an engine problem at Port Adelaide earlier that day. The ship’s engineers investigated the situation and an engineer from the manufacturer’s Australian agents attended on Saturday, February 11.
A report has been provided to AMSA confirming the engine problem was resolved by Sunday morning. As of the evening of Monday, February 13, the ship is now awaiting AMSA approval before it can depart for Fremantle and then onto the Arabian Gulf.
The ship is carrying less than half its capacity, with sheep loaded over two periods on Thursday, February 9 – in the early morning and the evening, to avoid the hotter conditions experienced during the day.
ALEC and the exporter fully understand the interest in the welfare of the sheep on board.
The Master has confirmed that Al Shuwaikh’s livestock systems have remained fully functioning throughout, with sheep having full access to food, water and ventilated fresh air. The Australian Government Accredited Veterinarian (AAV) and Stockman are on board the vessel and closely monitoring the stock in conjunction with the 30 crew members who work exclusively in on-board livestock management.
The AAV has today (February 13) confirmed the health of the sheep has not been compromised in any way and that no mortalities have occurred as a result of the delay.
Stock have been loaded and penned in accordance with the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL), and some sheep have been subsequently moved to provide even more space and shade. On board temperatures have remained under 30 degrees Celsius throughout.
Video footage recorded on board the Al Shuwaikh on Sunday can be viewed here.