Livestock ship back in port
THE cattle ship MV Jawan docked back in the Port of Portland yesterday, awaiting inspection before it is allowed to enter any Australian port, as a sister livestock carrier arrived in the city.
After leaving Portland last Wednesday without any cattle on board, the Jawan has not gone far, staying in the waters between Portland and Port Fairy.
Port chief executive Greg Tremewen said the ship came back to the port yesterday morning.
It arrived at the S.L. Patterson Wharf to obtain approval from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority before it could re-berth in any other Australian port.
Surveyors were due to arrive from Western Australia to inspect the vessel, Mr Tremewen said.
An AMSA spokeswoman said it was aware the operators of the Jawan had engaged experts to examine the stability data of the vessel to determine the cause of its stability issues.
“AMSA is seeking unequivocal assurance… that the stability data can be relied upon,” she said.
“AMSA will not permit any loading of livestock on the MV Jawan until this process is completed and AMSA is satisfied that the cause of the stability issues have been identified and are resolved.”