Despite VALE's desperate attempt to contact the Dept of Agriculture and alert them to the danger of sending a slow little ship from Portland to Karachi when Iran is sending rockets into Pakistan, the ship set sail today.
1. This is a very small, slow ship (11-12 knot average; Marine Traffic lists even slower - 9 knots average)
2. This ship reportedly has no bulk fodder storage so has absolutely no possibility to return to Australia if anything goes wrong (unlike Bahijah).
3. Karachi is on the fringe of area of Houthi activity in the Arabian sea but Iran is firing rockets into Pakistan
4. This vessel is totally unsuited to a long voyage to Karachi at any time but certainly at the time of current hostilities.
It is unknown what contingency plan was in place for the Bahijah but at least the ship had the food storage capacity to enable return to Australia when everything went pear-shaped. It is difficult to know what contingency plances are in place that could actually work with this small ship and no fodder and the Dept were not forthcoming with any information on the topic. Did the Dept just ask yes and no questions ie Do you have a contingency plan? YES... OK, tick, we dont need to see what it is?