New Zealand demands tighter inspections for livestock exports

New Zealand is to require tougher inspections of vessels exporting livestock. The move, announced by the Ministry for Primary Industries, follows the sinking in September 2020 of Gulf Livestock 1 (IMO 9262883) with the loss of more than 5,800 cattle and the presumed deaths of 41 crew.

Stocking density on vessels will be restricted to 90% of current limits. There will be increased requirements for voyage reporting, including daily veterinary updates.

Gulf Livestock 1, owned by Dubai-based Gulf Navigation, sank in a typhoon in the East China Sea. Only three crew were rescued, one of whom later died. Some 6,000 cattle drowned. The vessel had been travelling to China from New Zealand.

The Ministry said that it had moved quickly to ensure there was no serious animal welfare issue for the 24,000 cows in pre-export quarantine. It said that, without the interim measures, the animals would probably have been slaughtered.

MPI Director General Ray Smith said that “we want to ensure they are moved safely. It’s important to note New Zealand does not export animals for slaughter, but as breeding stock”.

2002-built, Panama-flagged, 11,947 gt Gulf Livestock 1 is owned by Gulf Navigation Livestock 1 Ltd care of manager Hijazi & Ghosheh Co of Amman, Jordan. ISM manager is Marconsult Schiffahrt GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with West of England (Greece Claims team) on behalf of Gulf Navigation Livestock Carrier 1 Ltd, Inc.