Australian authorities help rescue listing livestock carrier

Australian maritime authorities today brought a badly damaged livestock carrier into the port of Geraldton following a tense operation to get the listing ship to shore.

The Marshall Islands-flagged Barkly Pearl had sustained damage to its hull and was approximately 120 km north of Geraldton when the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) got involved.

An AMSA jet flew over the ship yesterday evening, confirming damage to the starboard side of the vessel, which was listing to port.

AMSA said it held concerns about the integrity of the vessel and the potential for environmental issues and issued a direction for the vessel to make its way to safety in the port of Geraldton in Western Australia.

The 27-year-old ship is controlled by Singapore-based Drako Shipping.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


    1. Australia environmental laws should ban livestock carriers. Same as NZ. If the importers were so interested in fresh meat they would farm their own. Bad enough seamen who make a choice are at sea in bad conditions, but animals transport for slaughter is primitive.

  1. website shows this vessel is classed by Bureau Veritas (BV). Not a ‘top 5’ IACS member (ranks at No. 6) and the only Class Society listed on the stock market. Despite this, not a ‘Mickey Mouse’ class society operated by fraudsters. AMSA investigation will no doubt show whether impact damage and/or corrosion responsible for what appears to be a large chunk of plating that has dropped out of the starboard side. May well be some red faces at BV ref integrity of last steel thickness gauging. Would not be surprising to see this vessel detained and denied AMSA clearance, except on the end of a towline to a scrap yard.

    PS As to the morality of shipping livestock by sea, it is barbaric and should be stopped. There are already Halal abbatoirs in both Australia and NZ. If expanded, they could provide a positive and humane solution to meet market demand in Indonesia and the Middle East.

    1. Yes, yes, yes to all your comments. It seems that the exporters scape through to ship yet another load, even going to court and appealing on the sly. issues associated with each voyage are vast and many with each ship n crew dealing with the ‘stuff’ as it comes up, and it always does.. They are totally an abomination trying to look like a solid secure industry but they cannot because they are not. It unstable.. As for Indonesia they have been observed and filmed still using the sledge hammer recently. Evidence show they never stopped using the sledge hammer so Julia Gillard was right to have banned it but the courts were money oriented not caring about welfare and hideous cruelty shipping the animals there. Plus the complainers claiming compo from the Australian tax payers dollars but Indonesia should have paid not us the of Australia and Indonesia is still sledgehammering the animals to death. AA has the footage. So legally we should not be dealing with them but it’s the exporters again who will be jumping up n down. But if people must eat meat this should be dome in the least way suffering. Hypocrits say we don’t do Halal but then they sell the poor animals to them. And feed lots etc.

  2. Im lead to believe that there was no cattle to be loaded at Fremantle on this boat, so what was it doing in Australian waters off the WA coast ,drug running,!!! Then wanting to sink ,(insurance gob) or had a collision with another vessel, or maybe a container, something heavy ,no whale thats for sure, this vessel should be scraped or sunk, these vessels are not suitable for livestock transport they are to top heavy for ocean travel ,all livestock should be slaughtered (processed )humanely in there country of origin and sent as boxed meat as required ,or go without.

    1. Hera hear.! Yes full of corruption. Loading extra animals Adding extra tiers. Who’d notice an extra 1000 head being loaded.

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