TROUBLED livestock vessel MV Jawan has been released from detention after completing a sea trial within the Port of Portland, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority says.
According to AMSA, the sea trial confirmed the vessel’s motion was consistent with the calculated stability.
The vessel was released from detention in Portland at 2.15pm Thursday to begin a voyage to Singapore where it will undergo for repairs.
The MV Jawan was not permitted to load cargo and cannot carry livestock as the Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock has been withdrawn.
According to AMSA, an examination of the MV Jawan by the vessel’s classification society and operator found several issues with fresh water tanks and their pumping systems as contributing to stability issues.
“To mitigate this risk, all ballast and fresh water tanks were filled to capacity to minimise the impact on the ship’s stability as a result of water moving in and between tanks,” AMSA stated.
“AMSA has put in place conditions for the voyage including regular reporting to AMSA and the voyage plan takes into account expected weather conditions and includes contingency plans.”
According to AMSA, the stability issues are unlikely to reoccur with these measures in place, allowing the vessel to proceed to a dry dock in Singapore for repairs.
AMSA says it will not consider reissuing an Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock until repairs have been completed and AMSA is completely satisfied that the vessel’s stability issues have been resolved.