It has been 12 months since a live export ship sank off the Japanese coast, however a variety of particulars in regards to the tragedy remain a thriller.
- The Gulf Livestock 1 sank in September 2020 with 43 crew members and round 6,000 head of cattle on board
- One year on and there has not been any data launched from an inquiry
- The Australia authorities says it continues to work with worldwide counterparts to discover out what happened
The Gulf Livestock 1 was transporting cattle from New Zealand to China in September 2020 when it capsized in tough seas attributable to Typhoon Maysak.
It had 43 crew members on board, together with two Australians, two New Zealanders, and 39 Filipinos.
Only two survivors have been ever discovered.
Live export trade vet Ross Ainsworth mentioned the trade was nonetheless looking for solutions.
“Unfortunately we know absolutely nothing more than what we learned at the time via news reports,” Dr Ainsworth advised ABC Rural.
Dr Ainsworth mentioned the Gulf Livestock 1 was a Panama-registered vessel and the traditional apply could be for Panama to lead the inquiry.
“But I think it would be appropriate for [the Australian government] to put an effort in, to try to find out what on earth happened and get this report released,” he mentioned.
“Because in order to stop this [type of accident] from happening again, you’d have to have some sort of idea of what caused it in the first place.”
‘It will take time’ says Ag Minister
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud mentioned his authorities was doing all it might to help the investigation.
“I know from conversations I’ve had with the Foreign Affairs Minister [Marise Payne], that she continues to reach out with counterparts to get updates,” he mentioned.
“We’re trying to use our government agencies to support those foreign agencies in being able to get some finalisation to these families who deserve it.
“But it is a complicated scenario as a result of it did not occur in our waters, it happened in overseas waters and we have now to respect the sovereignty of different nations, however attempt to work with them to get that data as rapidly as we are able to.
Difficult time for everybody
The chief govt of the NT Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA), Tom Dawkins, mentioned the Gulf Livestock 1 tragedy had affected many throughout the trade.
He mentioned transparency was essential for the trade and households who had misplaced family members.
“A progressive industry acknowledges its past and learns from its experiences,” he mentioned.
“That’s why it’s important we keep seeking answers about Gulf Livestock 1.
“That tragedy, coupled with the journey restrictions imposed as a results of COVID-19, has made for a very tough 12 to 18 months for our very tight-knit community of shipboard vets and stockies.”
Dr Ainsworth said when the Gulf Livestock 1 sank in September 2020, he was on board another live export vessel in the south China sea heading for Vietnam.
“It was a horrible time to be on board as a result of a lot of the Filipino crew had mates on that ship [the Gulf Livestock 1],” he mentioned.
“It would be very valuable for everyone involved and everyone with an interest in finding out, to access [the final] report.”
ABC Rural has contacted the Panama Maritime Authority and the Panama Embassy in Australia for remark.
#Note-Author Name – Matt Brann