Livestock carrier reportedly sank due to Typhoon Maysak

Image of typhoon over Asia. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC

A livestock carrier is feared to have sunk after being hit by Typhoon Maysak in the East China Sea section close to southwestern Japan.

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) said in a statement on 2 September that it received a distress signal from Gulf Livestock 1 at 1:45 am, when the ship was about 185 km west of Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. Thereafter, the coastguard lost contact with the ship.

Gulf Livestock 1 was carrying 43 crew members and 5,800 cattle at the time. IHS Markit data shows that the 8,372 dwt ship is owned by Jordanian meat producer Hijazi & Ghosheh Co., which purchased the vessel in 2016. AISLive data shows that Gulf Livestock 1 had left Napier, New Zealand, on 13 August, and was due to arrive in Tangshan, China, on 3 September.

The crew comprises 39 Filipinos, including the captain, two Australians, and two New Zealanders.

The JCG stated that it has sent patrol boats to search for the vessel; however, the typhoon is hampering the operation. In an update issued by the JCG, it was reported that the chief engineer was rescued on 3 September. The search-and-rescue operation for the remaining crew members still continues.