Livestock carrier kicks up a stink among Canary Islands residents

A 31-year old livestock carrier has arrived at Port Said in Egypt following a tricky journey across the Atlantic. The Polaris 2 was banned from stopping at the Canary Islands to resupply on fodder while en route from Brazil to Egypt. Locals at three different ports in the Canary Islands had complained of the nasty smell emanating from the old ship. Many cattle are understood to have died in the transit from Brazil.

Commenting on the news, Splash’s resident livestock shipping expert Dr Lynn Simpson said: “Livestock carriers quickly become port pariahs once loaded with livestock. The smell emanating from them becomes obnoxious especially after mortalities have occurred. These ships become unwelcome by all nearby, be they port workers, locals or tourists alike. They unfortunately smell like a cross between marine fuel and roadkill.”

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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