Romanian Sheep shipping news – 21/7/19. Problems ??

Romanian Sheep shipping news – 21/7/19.

Date – 21/7/19 – 10-50hrs GMT


Things seem a little odd with this. From what we can find out, the Al Shuwaikh is still sailing for Kuwait; with its new arrival date now set at an ETA of 2/8/19.

But as of 10-50hrs GMT today, 21/7/19; she is still way up in the Red Sea; just to the East of the port of Jeddah / (near Mecca) in Saudi Arabia. The speed of the vessel over recent times has been between 0.2 and 1.5 knots.

Above – the planned route to Kuwait.

So, we ask, what is happening ? – are there mechanical issues ? – has ‘Kuwait’ as a destination suddenly changed to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia ? – yet the vessel is still scheduled to arrive in Kuwait on 2/8.

0.2 -1.5 knots is not exactly racing along; so why the speed ?

With a cargo of 70,000 live sheep travelling under such extreme conditions; and with temperatures at around 40 degrees, would the vessel not be trying to get to Kuwait as fast as it could ?

Sheep will be dying in their dozens even before they arrive to be ritually slaughtered – as you can see in the 60 minutes video below, the sheep trade from Australia to the middle east often loses 700-800 sheep PER DAY.

We think there may be problems with this sailing / shipment, as there have been with many of these old livestock carrying vessels in the past. Unfortunately we cannot prove this at present, but this ship has been in the Red Sea for a few days now; and that is not really a great distance to travel.

More news to come if we can track with further updates;

Regards Mark – WAV.



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