A quick flick through a Freo Port log 2002-2003 made interesting reading. Of the vessels leaving Freo between 12.02-08.03, the following live ex vessels were listed:
Becrux – built 2002; now Ocean Drover – in Freo 27.12.02 and in port now
Bison Express – built 1995 – still operating out of Australia
Brahman Express – built 2002 - currently exporting cattle from Darwin to Jakarta
Maysora – built 1989 – still operating out of Fremantle
Shorthorn Express – built 1998 – still operating, including out of Australia and NZ in 2020
Al Shuwaikh – now Bashar One – built 1986 - still operating but not out of Australia since double tier decks banned
Bader III – 1978 still operating but not out of Australia since double tier decks banned
Danny F II – sunk loaded in 2009; Australian stockman died
Cormo Express - dead
Buffalo Express - dead
Corriedale Express – dead (scrapped 2021!)
Al Khaleej - dead
YEP out of 12 vessels in Freo Port 20 years ago, 7 are still operating as livestock carriers around the world with 5/12 still operating out of Australia. What a modern fleet of vessels to be used by the trade!
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