New Zealand Temporarily Halts Livestock Carriers

by | Oct 23, 2020 | Maritime Law

New Zealand has temporarily halted livestock carriers from being to operate.  The New Zealand government has issued new restrictions and guidelines for livestock carriers following the deadly sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1, which in the deaths of 41 crewmembers and over 6,000 cattle.  New requirements imposed by the government include additional inspection of ships, lowering stock density on vessels to 90%, and increased requirements for reporting.

The Gulf Livestock 1’s crew of 43 was comprised of 39 seamen from the Philippines, 2 from New Zealand, 1 from Australia and 1 from Singapore.  The Filipino maritime workers were placed on the vessel by staffing company Korpil Ship Management and Manning Corp.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations related to dangerous weather conditions are not made.  This is especially so when working on a ship. Safe maritime transport companies must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of their crew members at risk.  When employers fail to account for dangerous weather conditions, catastrophic incidents can result. It is unknown if the Master of the vessel simply disregarded the typhoon, or miscalculated the path of his ship.  The risks of catastrophic death as a result of sailing into dangerous weather conditions such as a hurricane or typhoon must always be taken into account by safe maritime and cargo companies.  Routes must be carefully planned in order to minimize risk.  Ultimately in this instance, an engine failure left the vessel and its 43 crew members helpless in the face of the typhoon.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this tragedy.

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