Splash 24/7 has reported that Japan’s coastguard is searching for Gulf Livestock 1 after receiving a distress call from the vessel early this morning. The livestock carrier had 43 crew members onboard and is likely to be loaded with livestock from NZ on a voyage to China. Both aerial searches and four coastguard vessels could not locate the vessel and all communication has been lost. It is assumed that it encountered bad weather, a feature of so many cattle voyages from Oz to China also.
Out of 37 voyages VALE analysed from Oz to China, this ship had done 4 of them. It is a similar ship to the Jawan that nearly capsized last year.
Terrible for the stock, the stockperson and for the crew if this ship has indeed gone down. And there will be at least 4 Independent Observers who can count themselves lucky tonight that they werent on that ship.