Stuck in Suez: Thousands of animals packed tight in ship hulls. Of all the millions of tons of cargo accumulated on the Suez Canal, none is more vulnerable than the number of animals in the fleet.
Minor details are available, with no canal officials or navigators willing to comment, but details compiled by Bloomberg show how many vessels trapped inside and near the canal can carry livestock. Given the Europe-to-Saudi Arabia trip, they may be carrying sheep.
Although most of the discarded goods are the commodity products like that as oil that can be stored on ships for long periods of time, livestock need food and water, and such delivery usually carries enough for a few more days. That could create a crisis for ships to get supplies to the local port, or force them to turn around. Removing the ditch can take at least a week, longer than it was at first, say people familiar with the matter.
“I did not expect that after two days the problem would be a problem,” said Peter Stevenson, chief policy officer at the animal welfare company Compassion at World Farming, which wants an end to live animals. goods. “As time goes by, problems get worse. Sometimes, there are real scandals when things go wrong, but it’s a terrible thing every day. “
Cattle could also be transported by sea, and ships could usually have at least two or three extra days of hay or food on the boat, said Bob Bishop, president of the Livestock Exporters Association of the USA. When the feed runs out, they can get more out of the port while refueling. A ship that does not reach the port can receive food from the skin in an area known as “central loading,” he said.
“If you get low-cost food, I’d look to get into the harbor and put some food in,” the bishop said by telephone from New York. “If I were a sheep owner, I would try to find a country that needs sheep,” he added. “The shortest route would be back to Romania.”
At least 10 ships designed to transport animals are parked near a closed canal, and several appear to be on the way between Romania and Saudi Arabia, according to data collected by Bloomberg. Those traveling to Europe may carry sheep, which are bought by Saudi Arabia for slaughtering animals according to religious preferences. Those going in the other direction would be empty vessels.
The Middle East nation is the world’s largest importer of sheep, with United Nations data showing. But the trade route has sometimes been a disaster. About 14,000 sheep sent from Romania to Saudi Arabia were killed in a shipwreck in 2019, according to media reports at the time. The rescuers that were able to save only a little over 200 animals.
Ships with thousands of sheep and long voyages raise the risk of disease and stress, says Stevenson of the animal welfare group. Some of the ships used to transport animals have also been converted to other purposes and are not suitable, he said. It can be difficult to postpone a course after leaving due to health regulations.
The bishop said that animal mortality rates are usually lower in the sea than on land, as most ships have a veterinarian.
The export of dairy cows to the United States left Texas’s port of Galveston late last year en route to Pakistan via Suez, according to the Bishop. Other U.S. cattle exports have been moved from the West Coast to Pakistan, avoiding the Suezs over toll roads, he said.
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