The Brahman Express, loaded with 3600 cattle bound for Indonesia had to return to Darwin last Thursday after a fire broke out in one of its engine rooms. Fortunately, this time no crew or animal welfare issues were reported. This is in contrast with the loss of 40605 sheep and one crew with the burning of the Farid Fares in 1980 and the loss of 67488 sheep with the burning of the Uniceb in 1996.
Fires have dogged this trade for years: Maysora (73000 sheep unharmed; 2011), Ocean Drover (in port no stock onboard but crew injured; 2014) and Awassi Express (in port no stock onboard; 2015) just to name a few. And they are just the fires that are known - not all are reported (VALE has footage confidentially supplied from one voyage where fire was never reported to Dept of Ag and possibly not AMSA either).
Just another unique and inherent risk in this uniquely risky trade.