Previously undetected mechanical issues have delayed repairs to export vessel MV Ocean Outback, exporter Wellard Rural Exports said on Tuesday.
The vessel has been undergoing repairs since encountering mechanical issues soon after departing from Fremantle for Israel with 5600 cattle and 7600 sheep one week ago.
Wellard Ltd has been keeping the public informed on the progress of the repairs via regular media updates in recent days.
The latest update on Tuesday, January 5, revealed that technicians working on one of the vessel’s engines on Monday encountered ‘previously undetectable issues’ which could not be rectified using the mobile equipment Wellard had contracted to undertake the repairs to the affected engine.
“As the repairs will take longer than anticipated and cannot be undertaken in Australia, the original plan to repair the second engine and sail to Israel is no longer the preferred solution,” the statement advises.
“Wellard is presently investigating the best alternative that provides optimal outcomes for animal welfare, the vessel’s charterer and the Company, and is in the process of working through a number of options with important stakeholders.
“When the preferred option is agreed and approved, Wellard can then assess the impact on its shipping schedules to determine any financial consequences.
“The livestock on board the vessel remain in good condition and the important livestock services (feed, water and ventilation) have not been impacted by the mechanical issue.”
Source: Wellard Rural Exports