Dublin bans Turkish livestock carrier pair

The Irish government has banned the operator of two regular livestock carriers, the Atlantic M and the Express 1, from calling at Irish ports.

The ships have fallen below standards set out by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). The regulations stipulate that the performance level of companies operating livestock vessels must not be listed as low or very low on the performance tables of Port State Control published by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

Both vessels are operated by Turkish company, Emiroglu Deniz Nakliyati.

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. Excellent news – best I have head this week.
    Now all that remains is for ALL livestock carriers to be banned – starting with the largest deep-sea vessels.
    In this day and age with adequate and reliable refrigeration there is no need to torture millions of animals with long sea journeys in cramped and insanitary conditions – especially when the main reason is based on religious grounds.

  2. Well done Ireland wish our Government had the backbone to do the same. This is the 21st century why are live animals being ‘abused’in this way. Do politicians have no compassion or is it always about the money? They should be made to watch the videos of the distress animals standing in the own excrement – that’s if they’re still alive. Slightly concerned though that this information re poor performance needed to be flagged up to yourselves. Still marvelous, made my day.

  3. Farm animals endure torturous journeys for days without food or water to end up in countries possibly outside the EU where the slaughter method is hacking to death with pole axes.

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