Unstable livestock carrier detained

In another setback for the Australian livestock exporting community a ship carrying more than 4,300 cows was detained today after it suffered severe rocking from side-to-side as it started a voyage to the Middle East.

The Jawan’s departure from the port of Portland, in Victoria’s southwest, bound for Muscat in Oman was captured on video. The vessel can be seen rocking violently. The pilot quickly decided to return to port where the ship has since been detained and the shaken animals have been taken off the ship.

Australia’s livestock shipping business was rocked by a documentary on national television earlier this year, which resulted in politicians stepping in and making a number of changes to the trade.


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. Unbelievable event, in such already volatile times! Thankfully for now, the cattle and crew are safe. This is totally unacceptable. We are lucky we dont have emergency services out at sea looking for survivors; 2 and 4 legged. This trade has had its day and needs to concede that it belongs in the history books.

  2. The greed of shipowners to load more “freight” in addition to ignorance of ship Master lead to overloading the upper decks thus raising the center of gravity of vessel very close to the center of floatation. Such practice makes the vessel loses its “positive stability” then it capsizes

    Here comes the role of port Authorities to verify ship’s stability prior to loading or departure to ensure safe passage of the 2 or 4 legged would – be – victims in addition to the risk to the environment

    1. “Capt” Jamil – as a Master Mariner also, you should be familiar with the “angle of loll” – it will not necessarily capsize but take up a condition of neutral stability – still not good e.g. “Cougar Ace”.
      The dumbing down of the marine industry would be complete if port authorities had the responsibility of ensuring stability – how about hiring highly trained mariners and paying a rate commensurate with that training, rather than hiring the cheapest labour possible from dodgy nautical schools in China or the Eastern Bloc?

  3. Can you upload the video to youtube and place the link on splash247.com?
    It is not visible here.
    Thanks in advance

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