Cat­tle taken off ship

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Sev­eral hun­dred cat­tle have been un­loaded from a live­stock ship after the ves­sel was seen rock­ing wildly off Vic­to­ria’s coast.

Aus­tralian mar­itime au­thor­i­ties de­tained the Pana­ma­nian ship on Thurs­day amid con­cerns about its sea­wor­thi­ness.

The MV Jawan, car­ry­ing 4327 cat­tle, had re­cently de­parted Vic­to­ria’s Port of Port­land bound for Oman and Pak­istan.

The pilot turned the ship around be­cause of ‘‘con­cerns over sta­bil­ity’’, and the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity sub­se­quently de­tained the ship.

The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Water Re­sources said on Fri­day it was work­ing with Aus­tralian au­thor­i­ties and the ves­sel op­er­a­tors to en­sure the ship’s safety and the wel­fare of the an­i­mals.

A vet­eri­nar­ian had in­spected the cat­tle on board and found no health or wel­fare is­sues, though one an­i­mal had died from causes un­re­lated to the ship’s sta­bil­ity, the depart­ment said.

About 380 cat­tle have been un­loaded from the ves­sel and re­turned to the feed­lot and are now un­der the con­trol of the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Jobs, Trans­port and Re­sources.

The vet­eri­nar­ian re­mains on board the MV Jawan and is con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the health and wel­fare of the cat­tle, the depart­ment said.

A full in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the cir­cum­stances will be con­ducted by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Water Re­sources.

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