Ship At Centre Of Live Export Scandal Approved To Set Sail

2400 sheep died

24 April 2018

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A ship which lead to calls for a ban of live exports to the Middle East during the summer have been clearer to set sail.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority imposed the condition of approval on Emanuel Exports' Awassi Express after footage of 2400 sheep dying in filth and struggling to breathe in extreme heat was revealed.

The ship must be approved for clearance by the federal Department of Agriculture before leaving the port in Freemantle.

AMSA said an automatic watering system had also been installed to ensure water was provided to all pens during the voyage without manual intervention.

Livestock are expected to be loaded onto the ship later this week, subject to approval from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Following the shocking footage, federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to launched an inquiry into the summer live export trade to the Middle East.

He is also investigating his own department, which reviewed the sheep deaths, but found no breaches of export regulations.

There will be a 17.5 per cent reduction in sheep numbers and the presence of a federal government observer who will send back daily videos.

Mr Littleproud also wants directors to face jail time for animal mistreatment, but ruled out a summer ban.

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