Rolling Livestock Carrier Fails to Leave Port Again

Video from first departure of Jawan.

Published Nov 27, 2018 1:31 AM by The Maritime Executive

The Panama-flagged livestock carrier Jawan, which returned to port after rolling heavily, has again failed to leave port safely.

The vessel has been attempting to leave the Port of Portland, Victoria, Australia, with 4,327 cattle on board. After aborted departures due to stability issues on Thursday and Saturday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has refused to let the vessel sail again with livestock on board.

After the first failed attempt, 380 of the cattle were unloaded, but again the vessel suffered stability issues. The full consignment of cattle is now being unloaded, a process that could take several days, and the Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation.

"AMSA will not permit any further loading of livestock on this vessel until the cause of stability issues are confirmed. The vessel is free to depart without livestock on board," said a spokesman for AMSA.

According to local media reports, the vessel is operated by MarConsult Schiffahrt GmbH & Co KG and was to sail to Pakistan and Oman.