A recent analysis by The Guardian indicates that livestock carriers are twice as likely to be lost as cargo vessels. Along with tragedies such as the loss of the Gulf Livestock 1, the safety risks associated with the trade were recently highlighted in Australia when the Barkly Pearl, wallowing heavily with a hole in the hull, limped into Geraldton with 2 tugs assisting in early November.
Now, another incident has occurred. The Nabolsi I is reported to have suffered engine failure en route from Algeria to France. No livestock are reported to be on board the vessel which is now under tow.