After a couple of weeks stuck in Fremantle with a broken engine the Wellard-controlled Ocean Outback has left for Southeast Asia. The ship discharged its cargo of 7,500 sheep and took on 5,500 cattle, bound for Vietnam. The ship was forced to return to Fremantle on December 29 when a bust piston stopped one of its two engines. Since then, a number of animals have died while repairs were attempted to the vessel. The original shipment to Israel was cancelled and the charterer and shipowner had to seek a new destination for the vessel.
News of animals dying onboard enraged a number of animal welfare groups, leading to both the federal and regional governments intervening, issuing statements.
The ship is travelling to Vietnam using just one of its two engines.
“Both the Western Australia and federal governments and departments have been very responsive and supportive to expedite a solution to this issue and I want to publicly acknowledge their support,” said Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini.