Livestock carrier ablaze off Crete

In yet another tragic accident involving livestock carriers, the Panama-flagged Nabolsi 1 (1,405 dwt; built 1972) caught fire yesterday while on transit from Beirut to Alexandria. The fire took place off Lerapetra, on Crete’s southern coast. No reason for the fire has yet been given and the scale of the damage is not yet known. The Greek Coast Guard and nearby NATO vessels were deployed to put out the fire. The very old ship is owned by Greece’s RJA Group.

This is the third livestock carrier incident in recent months. On May 15, a livestock carrier caught fire in Indonesian waters. The Indonesian-flagged ship, Asia Raya (built 1985), was carrying 634 cows. A fire broke out after the ship had left Kupang port in West Timor and was five miles from the port, heading for East Kalimantan.

On July 12, another livestock carrier sunk off the coast of the Gulf of Aden with all animals perishing and two of the 29 crew still missing. The more than 30-year-old ship was en route from Somalia to the United Arab Emirates when it sank in rough seas. It was believed to be carrying more than 3,000 animals.

All three ships involved were all over 30 years old. Calls to ban ships carrying livestock have escalated dramatically in recent months following these incidents.

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. stop the killing and carnage fee our animals they have feelings to and this is proven should be enough to see how animals react to certain events such as fear

  2. Cheer up guys! There only animals dont you know! They have no feelings? We’ve been on this earth all this time and we still treat them like this, the human race gene pool is weakening and we are digressing really fast..

  3. But theyre only animals? We’ve been on this earth for so long and we know they feel pain like we do but we don’t care enough to stop the pain. We are digressing faster than ever before as the human race gene pool is weakening.

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