Livestock carrier freed from Australian detention

The ongoing political controversy about the export of live animals form Australia took another twist last week when a vessel engaged in the export of live animals was detained because the vessel’s crew allegedly had not been paid their wages. Livestock carrier Maysora (IMO 8310542) was detained by the Australian authorities while she was in Fremantle on Tuesday, September 18th but has since been released.

The ship was detained after an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) surveyor confirmed local media reports that 19 mainly Pakistani crew members were not being paid their regular wages. The media had reported that the 19 had walked off the ship last week in protest at not being paid. They were detained by the Australian Border Force and prevented from leaving the country.

“On Thursday September 20th an AMSA surveyor returned to MV Maysora and released the vessel from detention after the operator demonstrated crew had been paid and plans were in place for ongoing payment of crew wages,” AMSA said. According to AIS data the vessel remained moored in Fremantle, but would be heading for Eilat, Israel, when it leaves.

1989-built, Bahamas-flagged, 33,400 gt Maysora is owned by Blue Ice Shipping care of Arab Ship Management of Aqaba, Jordan. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Blue Ice Shipping Corp.