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Livestock Carrier Hit by Engine Issue off Portugal

A Sierra Leone-flagged livestock carrier recently experienced an engine issue off the Portuguese coast, the Government of Portugal said in a statement. 

The ship, identified as Uranus II, was carrying 1,400 cattle and 2,000 sheep at the time of the incident.

As informed, Uranus II encountered engine malfunction immediately after departing from the port of Sines on October 23. The vessel was towed back to the port where it arrived on late October 24, according to the statement.

Portugal’s Directorate-General of Food and Veterinary Medicine (DGAV) carried out necessary controls to ensure animal welfare while the vessel was anchored at the port.

Following repairs, the ship was allowed to depart Sines on October 29.

The 3,100 dwt Uranus II is operated by the Marshall Islands-based Uranus Shipping and Transport, data provided by VesselsValue’s shows.

World Maritime News Staff