Secret decks allegedly found on livestock carrier

It has been reported that secret decks for extra animals were found by divers investigating livestock carrier Queen Hind (IMO 7920675), which sank off Midia in November last year, drowning thousands of sheep.

There were 14,600 sheep declared on the vessel. Only 180 survived.

However, if there were undeclared decks, the actual number of sheep on the vessel could have been greater by several thousand. It could also raise the possibility that overloading might have caused the capsizing.

On February 1st Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP Offshore), which won the tender for the wreck removal, made a removal attempt using sheerlegs GSP Neptun and GSP Granit. Operations were halted after the crane’s cables snapped because they could not bear the load. Divers were said to have found the additional decks, containing thousands of animal corpses, after entering the water to investigate. The decks, and tragic cargo, were thought to have increased the ship’s weight to 1,380 tons, from a previously estimated 800 tons.

The Queen Hindoverturned off the coast of Romania on Sunday morning November 24th 2019. She had just left the port of Midia on the Black Sea coast, near the south-eastern city of Constanța. All of the 22 Syrian National crew members were rescued.

The ship was heading to the port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia with her cargo. She had arrived at the port of Midia on November 23rd from Tripoli, Libya,

1980-built, Palau-flagged, 3,785 gt Queen Hind is owned by Astra Marine Services Ltd care of manager MGM Marine Shipping SRL of Constanta, Romania.