Fire strikes another livestock carrier

Another livestock carrier caught fire yesterday night, the third such incident to hit the sector this year. Fire crews have only just finished putting out the fire. The ship, Awassi Express, fortunately was carrying grain, not livestock, when it caught fire yesterday at Portland off the coast of Victoria in Australia.

A silo filled with 800 tonnes of grain caught fire on the ship leading fire crews to work throughout the night to contain the damage. How the fire started is still being investigated.

Livestock carriers have been in the news a lot this year. One caught fire in Indonesia in May with many cattle dying, another suffered a blaze off Crete in August, while in July a 30-year-old livestock carrier sank in the Gulf of Aden killing all the animals onboard and two of the 29 crew and one month ago a livestock carrier capsized and sank while berthed in Brazil. The elderly average age profile of the global livestock carrier fleet has been brought into question.


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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