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Wellards Ocean Outback carrying 7000 cattle remains anchored off WA.
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2014, 12:01:29 AM »
Engine failure holds up live cattle shipment

A ship carrying 7,000 cattle is still anchored off Western Australia's south-west coast after one of its two engines failed six days ago.

The Ocean Outback left Fremantle Port on Friday destined for Israel but mechanical issues have forced livestock exporter Wellard to apply for regulatory approval to send the live cargo to South-East Asia instead.
Cattle on a livestock export ship height=227 Photo: Cattle aboard the Ocean Outback sailing to Isreal are now likely destined for South-East Asia after an engine failure diverted the voyage. (Alan Schmidt )   
Chief Executive Officer of Wellard Rural Exports, Fred Troncone, says operating a single engine will mean the vessel will travel at a reduced speed.

“Given the vessel is sailing with one engine obviously the speed is a little bit slower, between nine and ten knots, whereas the normal speed is about 16 knots.

“So we can get there in about the same time, or just under," he said.

“The amount of feed loaded on board was sufficient for a very long voyage so there’s certainly plenty of feed to get that voyage now to a closer destination."

Mr Troncone says Wellard has notified the Department of Agriculture of the breakdown and the change to the markets.

“We expect to get have approval to proceed to South-East Asia within the next day or so.

“These sort of last minute changes always cause some financial disadvantage but it’s something that is secondary to ensuring the voyage is completed successfully and we look after the welfare of the animals.”

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