THE MV Jawan livestock export vessel has had another departure from Portland scuttled and its permit to carry livestock cancelled.
The ship attempted to sail to the Middle East in recent weeks with a load of cattle on-board, however was twice forced to return to the Port of Portland because of stability issues.
Thousands of cattle were subsequently unloaded and returned to the feedlot, and authorities banned the vessel was banned from sailing with cattle on board.
A subsequent lifting of the ban saw the cattle loaded again last weekend.
The ship reportedly travelled only a few hundred metres on its journey to Pakistan before again returning to the dock.
“When moved from berth, the ship demonstrated a motion that suggested the ship lacked stability,” the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.
“The attending AMSA Marine Surveyor boarded the vessel as soon as it was secured.”
AMSA said all vessels that visit Australia are required to have approved stability information and must calculate the vessel’s stability for every voyage in accordance with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention.
AMSA chief executive Mick Kinley said revoking the Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock was considered the only option given the circumstances. “It is extremely concerning that the operators are unable determine the vessel’s stability in a loaded condition since its recent dry-docking and the operator and classification society seem unable to provide a plausible explanation for this situation. It’s a very basic requirement,” Mr Kinley said.
AMSA expects the vessel will be subject to a detailed examination by the operator and classification society, which may include an ”inclining experiment” to fully determine the vessel’s condition and why the current data cannot be relied upon.
The authority will also work with the vessel’s operator, Panamanian authorities and classification society to determine how the problems with the vessel’s stability data have originated.