LIVESTOCK carrier MV Jawan will not be released from detention with cattle on-board, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority says.

MV Jawan (IMO 9262895) left Portland in Victoria for Oman on November 21 with a consignment of 4327 breed stock cattle.

However the ship returned to Portland the following day due to reported stability issues, the ship having rolled “from side to side”, according to a statement from the Port of Portland.

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An AMSA spokesperson told Daily Cargo News that following discussions with the MV Jawan operators and classification society they determined the ship would not be released from detention with cattle on-board “given the stability issues had not been resolved”.

“AMSA has informed the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of our decision not to permit this shipment and understands that all cattle have begun to be removed from the vessel this morning after discussions between DAWR and the exporter,” the spokesperson said.

“AMSA will not permit any further loading of livestock on this vessel until the cause of stability issues are confirmed. The vessel is free to depart without livestock onboard.”

In a public statement, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has said there were no health and welfare issues with the animals to date.

Jawan is a Panama-flagged vessel that was launched in 2003.

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