Well live ex numbers are down and somehow scandals seem to have been diminished or downplayed for the last 6 months…..but don't think everything has magically fixed.
In July last year, Emmanuel Exports Pty Ltd had an absolute shocker voyage, losing 3027 sheep, 4.36% of its load on a voyage from Fremantle to Hamad/Jebel Ali/Kuwait/Muscat (see latest Parliamentary Report). VALE’s port records indicate that the ship was the Al Messilah.
Then it looks like Al Shuwaikh (also Emmanuels) lost 1.49% on a voyage from Fremantle to Hamad/Jebel Ali and Kuwait in August-September 2016…under the reportable 2% but still not great when even with the stats skewed upwards by the 4.36% mortality, the total % mortality for the 6 month period was 1.2% (average annual mortality has been 0.9% or less since 2009).
And then Otway Livestock/Wellard managed to just sneak under the reportable mortality limit in September-October 2016 with 1.98% sheep mortality on a voyage from Fremantle to Eilat on the “mighty ship” Ocean Drover (formerly MV Becrux).
Poor old sheep….they just continue to suffer. Make no mistake, NOTHING has changed for sheep voyages in LE. Voyages with unacceptable mortality continue unabated and sheep continue to suffer on long haul voyages ….mostly on the same old ships…just as they have done for the last 20 years, especially in Middle East summer.