(Issued by Department of Agriculture)
The livestock export ship MV Jawan returned to Portland, Victoria on the morning of 22 November after experiencing stability issues.
The ship departed for Oman and Pakistan from Portland on 21 November with 4327 cattle on board. It had to turn around shortly into the voyage, and is currently berthed at port.
The department has been working closely with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Victoria state Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Port of Portland, the vessel operators and the exporters involved to ensure safety of the vessel, the welfare of the animals and that biosecurity is maintained.
A department veterinary officer inspected the cattle on board yesterday and this morning. There are currently no health and welfare issues, although there has been one mortality, unrelated to the stability issues experienced by the vessel.
To date, around 380 cattle have been unloaded from the vessel and returned to the feedlot, and are now under the control and monitoring of the DEDJTR.
There is an Australian Government-Accredited Veterinarian on board the MV Jawan continuing to monitor the health and welfare of the cattle on board.
A full investigation of the circumstances leading to the departure and return to port of the vessel will be conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.