A Filipino crew member Sareno Edvardo has been rescued from capsized Gulf Livestock 1 after a typhoon hit Japanese waters. Search continues for other staff and 5800 live cattle. News.com has reported that the Mr Edvardo told rescuers the ship had suffered engine failure during the typhoon, before it capsized after being hit by a freak wave.
This ship appears to have had mechanical issues previously. A report on the website of FleetMon, a German-based maritime tracking site, apparently showed the ship anchored off the Turkish coast in September 2018 "to fix a mechanical problem" that required delivery of spare parts. In May 2019, AMSA detained it due to navigation and stability issues (Independent Observer Report 134) and on a June/July 2019, voyage to China there was an issue with the main engine such that the shift drifted around for 25 hours (Independent Observer Report 144). SMH reported that a December inspection report from Indonesian authorities on the website of Equasis which collates ship safety information from both public and private sources, logged issues with the ship's propulsion and auxilliary machinery. The issues included "deficiencies" with the propulsion main engine and "gauges, thermometers". The ship was also rescued by the Phillipines navy in July 2020 due to engine failure.
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