Publicity from The Guardian and Ethical Farming Ireland has been instrumental in a decision by the Irish government to revoke approvals for a live exporter operating two vessels, the Atlantic M (IMO 8200577) and the Express 1 (IMO 8200565).
Irish regulations stipulate that companies operating livestock vessels must not be listed as low or very low on the Port State Control performance tables published by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). The Turkish vessel operator was said by the reports not to meet this criterion. The Atlantic M was said to have been detained at some point in the past.
Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) appeared to have been unaware that the performance ratings for the ships’ operator were below the required standard.
The Guardian reported that the operator was surprised by the government move as the vessels had loaded from Ireland many times after DAFM inspections.
Ethical Farming Ireland noted the fate of a third vessel that has now been re-granted approval to operate but questioned whether the change of ownership constituted a genuine change of beneficiaries.
1983-built, Panama-flagged, 7,069 gt Atlantic M is owned by Livestock Export Co SA care of manager Naseem Al Bahar General Trading LLC Co of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
1983-built, Panama-flagged, 7.087 gt Express 1 is owned by Sun Light Shipping Co SA care of manager Naseem Al Bahar General Trading LLC Co of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.