AUTHORITIES are investigating the deaths of 16 horses during or soon after a voyage on board the Spirit of Tasmania.
A spokesperson for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the horses were on board a truck that travelled via the vessel from Tasmania on January 28, arriving in Victoria the following day.
“The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment is now investigating this incident. AMSA will assist where required,” the spokesperson said.
“While investigations are continuing, at this point AMSA is satisfied that the vessel appears to have complied with AMSA requirements relating to the carriage of livestock.”
An AMSA surveyor attended the vessel on Tuesday January 30.
It was later revealed the horses had been to Tasmania for a polo event and belong to a polo club in Richmond, New South Wales.