Marine Link and Splash 24/7 report that sailors from abandoned Yangtze Fortune and Yangtze Harmony have now been repatriated from both Singapore and Australia. These ships carried Australian sheep repeatedly post the Awassi Express expose in 2018, even having industry/university research performed onboard despite both having repeated animal welfare incidents. The industry of course were claiming best shipping standards in the world, best animal welfare in the world, all problems fixed yadda yadda yadda. AMSA had moments of action but it wasnt till 2022 that AMSA finally moved and the Australian Federal Court seized Yangtze Fortune after the owner's refusal to make urgent repairs. Soar Harmony Shipping then abandoned Yangtze Harmony also
Late last year, the International Transport Worker's Federation Australian Inspectorate Coordinator, Ian Bray, said that the Yangtze Fortune was representative of a broader problem in the livestock shipping industry where crews go unpaid and ships operate on the precipice of insolvency. “We believe there is an epidemic of borderline insolvency amongst the operators of these livestock ships as they repeatedly feature among the worst cases in our inspections around Australia and internationally.” Do the vociferous farmers still trying to obstruct the phaseout not know or do they not care?