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Livestock Carrier With 43 Crew And Thousands Of Cattle Missing Off Japan

PortandTerminal.com, September 2, 2020

TOKYO – The Japanese Coast Guard is searching for a livestock carrier after a distress signal was sent from the vessel on Wednesday.

The ship is believed to be carrying 43 crew members — 39 from the Philippines, two from New Zealand, and one each from Australia and Singapore. The vessel also reported to be carrying 5,800 cattle en route from New Zealand to China. .

Reports say the Gulf Livestock 1 issued a distress signal at around 1:20 a.m. local time Wednesday while around 115 miles west of Amami Oshima Island in southwestern Japan.

The search is being conducted in the general vicinity of Typhoon Maysak, which was last reported to be packing 130 mph winds, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.

The Gulf Livestock 1 was reportedly transporting cattle from Napier, New Zealand to Tangshan, China. The vessel was built in 2002 and registered in Panama. It is owned by Dubai-based Gulf Navigation.

In late July, the Philippine Navy rendered assistance to the Gulf Livestock 1 after it lost propulsion off Balut Island in Southern Philippines. Repairs were eventually completed without incident.

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