So, hot off the press, another live ex disaster in the Middle East. About a year after from losing 4.36% of a consignment (>3000 sheep) in July 2016 due to heat stress Emmanuel Exports had another disaster: 3.76% (2400 sheep) in August 2017. Last time they were told to load industrial fans onto the Al Messilah and check their weather forecasting! Looks like the latter wasnt enough to prevent a disaster on their other ship, Al Shuwaikh. The West Australian reports that this was also due to heat stress.
BUT could this one be different? Nick Butterly in The West reports that this time WA is looking to intervene with their own investigation. Could this be the first court case since the Al Kuwait case in WA found a routine voyage to be cruel with the exporters avoiding prosecution because it was deemed to be a Federal rather than a State matter? VALE dares not hope. Australian livestock should NEVER be transported from an Australian winter to a Middle Eastern summer: 8 extreme ME disasters in 8 years...and all 8 in summer/early autumn.
Check out VALE's own media release on both the Al Messilah and Al Shuwaikh disasters: http://www.vale.org.au/media.html