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: Ocean Drover arrives in Pakistan with 22000 stranded sheep on board.
: WA Export News September 05, 2012, 10:02:05 AM
Live export ship arrives in Pakistan 

Posted 4 hours 9 minutes ago
The Australian ship carrying 22,000 sheep that was barred from unloading in Bahrain almost two weeks ago has now turned up at Port Qasim in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

The live cargo was rejected when Bahrain voiced concerned about the discovery of scabby mouth disease in a small number of sheep.

The Department of Agriculture had confirmed the Ocean Drover had been redirected, but would not officially disclose where to.

The Ocean Drover is run by Fremantle-based company Wellard Exports, which said yesterday that it could not understand why its cargo had not been accepted.

In a statement, Wellard said the sheep had been "inspected and certified for export by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service in accordance with health conditions agreed between the Australian and Bahrain government(s)."

"The sheep have also inspected in-port by an independent veterinarian approved by the Bahrain government who confirmed the sheep's animal health status," the statement read.

"Sheep from the same consignment were successfully discharged in two other markets without incident before the vessel arrived in Bahrain."

Wellard said the Ocean Drover had already discharged most of its cargo before being rejected by Bahrain, so the sheep had plenty of space and had been provided with fresh food and water.

Thousands of sheep had also been stranded on a ship docked in Kuwait, but they were unloaded yesterday.

That ship, Al Shuwaikh, run by Australian company Emanuel Exports and with a carrying capacity of 50,000, had been due to dock over a week ago. (