The livestock carrier MV Ocean Drover is sailing to the Aqaba Gulf, despite the main engine troubles. The engineers on board the ship had success with the fixing of the problem. The MV Ocean Drover's captain had to stop the livestock carrier for 4 days to give enough time to the workers to fix the ships' main engine malfunction.
The vessel is carrying 42, 000 sheep and 6, 000 cattle on board. The most important is that animals have the provision of feed, water and ventilation, despite the main engine problems. The weather conditions are favorable, water is calm and daytime temperatures of 27C, well below the 35-40C the livestock experienced in their paddocks before being sent to the ship. The company-owner Wellard was informed by both the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Department of Agriculture to fix the main engine malfunction.
The MV Ocean Drover (old name the MV Becrux) is world’s biggest purpose-built livestock carrier with innovative ventilation, feed and water systems. The full capacity of the ship is 75, 000 sheep or 18, 000 cattle worldwide. The MV Ocean Drover has visited many world ports: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, China and Russia, and loaded from Townsville, Darwin, Wyndham, Broome, Geraldton, Fremantle, Adelaide and Portland in Australia plus New Zealand, United States and Brazil. 3 years ago the livestock carrier celebrated 100 voyages.