The livestock carrier Ocean Outback, 12,892gt, which spent almost two weeks in Fremantle due to engine trouble, sailed for a port in South East Asia on Jan 10, carrying more than 5,500 cattle.
The Ocean Outback left Fremantle on Dec 29 for Israel with 7,500 sheep and 5,500 cattle, but was forced to turn back because of the problem.
The sheep were then unloaded and taken to a pre-quarantine feedlot, while the cattle remained on board and were sold to a buyer in South-East Asia.
Following an inspection by Government animal welfare experts on Jan 9, the ship’s owners Wellard Rural Exports, of Fremantle, said: “There were no concerns for the welfare of the animals. Mortalities recorded over the past 10 days are three cattle and 30 sheep. This was within acceptable limits set by the Australian Federal Department of Agriculture.”
The Ocean Outback has a dual independent propulsion system, so she can safely operate on one of her two engines.