Cattle rescue from grounded Chilean ship moves ahead

A dramatic ship-to-ship transfer operation is set to continue today in the wintry waters of southern Chile to rescue around 200 cattle in trucks on a roro vessel that grounded and listed last week after the ship’s master hanged himself.

The first cattle were taken off the Coyhaique roro yesterday after the navy had stabilised the ship and moved it to a more sheltered location. A series of smaller vessels are coming alongside the ship and the cattle are slowly being moved to a nearby port. Nevertheless, around 40 of the 244 cattle have perished so far.

Local authorities are looking at sanctioning the ship’s owner, Navimag, over the accident and the conditions under which the animals were being transported. The accident happened in a remote, beautiful part of the South American nation and there has been some reports of oil pollution although a boom has been put around the ship.

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.
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