Australia bans controversial Al Messilah livestock carrier

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has temporarily banned 37-year-old livestock carrier  Al Messilah from operating in the country following an inspection that found multiple defects onboard the vessel, the West Australian reports.

Al Messilah was involved in an incident last year in which about 3,000 of the 69,322 animals it was carrying perished on the way to Doha in the heat of the Gulf.

According to AMSA, an inspection of Al Messilah at Fremantle on October 20 found a number of issues including holes corroded in the decks and bulkheads as well as electrical cabling issues. The vessel was preparing to carry some 75,000 animals from Fremantle to the Middle East.

AMSA has withdrawn the vessel’s certification to carry livestock until repairs were done, and is still awaiting confirmation from the vessel operator on how they intended to address the issues.

“AMSA does not allow non-complaint ships to carry livestock from Australia,” a spokesman from AMSA said.

In August, Australia’s transport minister said that AMSA would look at the possibility of banning double tier vessels over fears that animals on such ships are too cramped.

The 1980-built Al Messilah was once a car carrier, converted to a livestock carrier by German shipyard Meyer Werft in 1995.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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