The Federal Department of Ag advised as of 9.30 WST/Fremantle time this morning noted that Bajiyah had tied up in Fremantle’s inner harbour overnight and then advised as follows –
Contrary to some public reports, no livestock are required to be offloaded for health reasons.
The MV Bahijah berthed at Fremantle Port on 1 February and is currently being replenished with supplies to ensure the ongoing health and welfare of the livestock is upheld. No animals are currently being unloaded.
The department continues to assess the application to re-export the livestock provided by the exporter as a matter of priority.
Further updates will be provided as they become available.
Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Beth Cookson has said:
“The two veterinarians engaged by the Department inspected the livestock late yesterday,” Dr Cookson said.
“While I have only seen a preliminary report, there were no significant animal health or welfare issues identified.
“That provides additional confidence that the livestock are in good condition and have appropriate care and supervision.
“It also confirmed that there were no signs of exotic disease present in the livestock on board the vessel.
“Engagement with stakeholders has been very constructive to date and we would like to thank all parties for their ongoing efforts and collaboration.”
Shipping News understands that Bahijah will return to anchor in Gage Roads at 1.30pm today, to allow for the entry of a large container ship. Its future movements are not yet determined by decision-makers, as the Department of Ag advice indicates.
One assumes permission will be given soon for the vessel to leave Australian waters and travel to its intended point of discharge in Jordan, via the Cape of Good Hope.
We will keep you abreast of developments.
For what has happened to date, Bahijah look here.
* By Michael Barker, Editor, Fremantle Shipping News
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