Cattle taken off ship
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.