Lebanon-flagged livestock carrier MV Haidar has capsized earlier today while docked at Porto Vila do Conde in Brazil with around 5,000 heads of cattle on board.
According to the images World Maritime News received earlier today from one of our readers, the vessel apparently listed on the side while moored at the port and sank shortly after leaving the animals stranded on top of the ship’s hull. Some of the animals managed to swim to shore, however most of the cattle are believed to have been trapped inside.
Based on the information we received, the crew was evacuated before the 6, 419 DWT vessel capsized and there were no reported injuries.
As informed, the cause of the sinking has yet to be determined. The vessel’s AIS Data shows that the 1994-built ship is currently located at Vila de Conde, Brazil.
World Maritime News has reached out to the operator of the vessel, Lebanon-based Tamara Shipping, and we will update the article if we get a response.
The company operates six livestock carriers in its fleet.
Minerva S.A., South American producer of fresh beef, live cattle and cattle byproducts, informed its shareholders that the ship that was supposed to transport cattle listed on Tuesday morning, October 6 in the quay of Vila do Conde Port, in Barcarena (PA).
“The company explains that, after the cattle enters the ship, the contracted shipping company is responsible for the cargo. The company will wait for the port authorities‘ official investigation of the causes of the accident and what happened with the cargo,” Minerva said.
World Maritime News Staff; Images: Mohamad Younes