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Search for missing Gulf Livestock 1 crew ends

The search off southern Japan for the missing crew from the Gulf Livestock 1 has been called off.

The converted livestock carrier was carrying 43 crew members and more than 5,800 cows when it lost power in a typhoon, capsized and sank eight days ago.

Three people were found, two were alive but one man was unconscious and later died.

Footage of water rushing into the ship before it sunk was filmed by one of the two Australians onboard (see below).

UAE-based Gulf Navigation has another two livestock carriers in its fleet – one built in 1973 and converted 10 years later, and another built 35 years ago and converted in 2014.

The Gulf Livestock 1 started its trading career as a 630 teu containership in 2002 before being converted to carry animals 10 years later. The sunken ship had a chequered past. European shipping database Equasis lists 25 port state control deficiencies in 2019 and 2020 alone, including a number relating to the main engine. In July last year the ship drifted for a day undergoing repairs following an engine failure.

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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  1. Im am Praying for the safe return of the crew members still missing, and especially one of the best guy you could ask for and true shining light our good friend – LOCHIE BELLERBY….if anyone could survive it would be him!
    Miracles happen all the time so don’t lose hope !
    Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of all involved, know that your not alone….keep strong….

    1. I met Lockie when he was in northern BC and although I only met him ( and his DAD and brother) for a day… it was enough time to see what an amazing person he is!! Thoughts with everyone and know that around the world, people are praying.

  2. I really hope and pray they managed to all get on the lifeboat, seal it, safely eject it and survive the second typhoon.
    And remain alive and that they will now be rescued.
    Yes I have felt all through this even when there were reports that no one else has survived that they are alive. They are out there. I believe it.

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