Rescued crew dies, records reveal faults with Japan’s cattle ship sinking


TOKYO / SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A man on board a cattle ship from New Zealand to China has been killed after being pulled unconscious from the water by the Japanese Coast Guard on Friday, while the ship had a history of mechanical issues.

Only the second crew was found unknown. The search for the remaining 41 crew members continues after the ship carrying 6,000 cattle in the East China Sea on Wednesday.

Rescuers also found a life jacket and cattle carcass in an area where Gulf Livestock 1 is believed to have sunk after sending a distress call amid strong winds and heavy seas by Typhoon Maysk.

According to Chief Officer Sareno Adverdo, the Gulf Livestock 1 owned by UAE-based Gulf Navigation lost engine power before it was rescued on Wednesday, before it was hit by a huge wave.

The ship is technically managed and operated by Markonsault Schiffhart GmbH in Germany, while the commercial manager is the Jordan-based Hijazi and Ghoshe Company.

“We are closely monitoring the situation,” a Gulf Navigation spokesman said in an emailed statement. “Our hearts go out to those people and their families at this time.”

He said the company was working with people involved in the rescue efforts and regretting the loss of livestock.

Several maritime reports logged over the past two years have revealed that the ship may have some mechanical faults and operational concerns.

A December inspection report by Indonesian officials on Equasys’ website, which combines ship safety information from both public and private sources, logged issues with the ship’s propulsion and auxiliary machinery.

Problems included “drawbacks” with the main engine and gauge, thermometer.

A 2019 report by the Australian government on cattle ship movement from Australia to Indonesia in June noted that the ship’s departure was delayed by a week due to the identification of “stability and navigation issues” by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Had happened.

The AMSA website showed that Livestock 1 of the Gulf was detained by Australian authorities for three days in May 2019 due to issues related to its navigation electronic chart display and information system. The report cites up-to-date charts and lack of training for officers using the system.

Gulf Livestream 1 is seen in Fremantle Harbor, Western Australia on 13 November 2019.

A report on the website of German-based maritime tracking site FleetMon showed that the ship, under its previous name of Rahmeh, would anchor off the Turkish coast in September 2018 “to fix a mechanical problem”, given the delivery of spare parts. Was required.

Fleetman’s report expressed some concern from local residents about the ship’s extended halt at Sesam harbor, as animals had been found to be infected with anthrax on a previous voyage.

Gulf Navigation, Markonsault Schiffhart and the Hijazi and Ghosheh Company did not immediately respond to questions about the reports.

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The Japanese Coast Guard said on Friday that it had set no deadline to end the search for survivors from the ship, which left Napier port in New Zealand on 14 August and 17 days later at Jingtang port in Tangshan, China Was about to come .

Four ships, an airplane and several divers were filtering the waters on Friday when they discovered another crew member who was not publicly identified.

The Coastguard said the man died shortly after pulling them from the sea, about 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Ammi Oshima Island, and was transferred to the hospital.

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Melbourne-based Australian Global Exports confirmed this, stating that four of them were hired, the rest of the crew being from Gulf Navigation.

“We are in full contact with the families of our four partners and we are extending all possible help to them,” it said in a statement.

The crew was made up of 39 people from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia, Coastguard said.

The 45-year-old Filipino crew member rescued on Wednesday remains at the Adravodo Hospital.

Reporting by Totsushi Kazimoto in Tokyo and Roslan Khasavaneh in Singapore; Writing by Jane Wardell; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Himani Sarkar

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