Livestock Carriers (part 1)

Posted: 20 February, 2009 by SeaBart in ugly
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Livestock Carriers

We have had a post about these ships here before, all from one shipping company but since then I have come across a few more of these vessels, usually converted from all other kinds of ships. Now, I have never seen these ships in real life, which I don’t regret because, according to very reliable sources who have the knowledge: the smell…stink…stench is almost unbearable.

Well, here are a few, in no particular order of appearance, just all ugly!

The first 2 are also pictured above.

Al Kuwait

IMO :6705303

Build : 1967 by Mitsubishi Heavy Ind., Ltd., Nagasaki in Japan, nr 1622 as Erviken (oiltanker)

and as oiltanker Erviken:



IMO :7326893

Build : 1973 by Hitachi Shipbuilding, Osaka in Japan, nr ?? as Lynda (oiltanker)

Apparently this one is no longer polluting the seas or noses, she is supposed to be broken up.

Another one:

Al Qurain

IMO :6622410

Build :1967 by Cadiz Astilleros, Cadiz in Spain, nr ?? as Santiago (oiltanker)

And another one:

Al Mahmoud III

IMO :7503104

Build :1976 by Luzuriaga, Pasajes in Spain, nr 209 as Eslava (gen. cargoship)

And just to show you that not all livestock carriers are dead ugly:


IMO : 9232852

Build :2002 by Uljanik Shipyard, Pula in Croatia, nr 428

The vessel might be less ugly but I don’t think the smell has changed!


  1. Alex says:

    l’ve read that the treatment the animals get on those ships and once they leave the ships is ugly as well. Shame.

  2. ekke nielsen says:

    I worked (electrician)on a live stock carrier (m/s Clara Clausen)back in 1964/65 carrying cattle along the Austalian norteast coast, a trip to Puerto Natales in Chile and later sheep from Australia to Kuwait.
    I can only remember the animals were well taken care of. The skipper was very rigorous concerning this matter. Though the conditions were tough, little space and no daylight.
    Clara was a small ship, normally we carryed some 2000 head of cattle. On the voyage to Chile only about 900. And a veterinarian.

    Interesting to see the new wessels. I can only agree about the ugliness.


  3. Veeresh Malik says:

    Late ’70s, stuck at Kuwait anchorage, a livestock carrier came and anchored near us, and we had to lift anchor and more away, the stink was so terrible. It was the “Al Yasrah” or similar, if I recall.

  4. Becrux was the subject of a recent episode of “Mighty Ships.” This link might work if you’re in Canada, but not in the US: Dunno about other locations.

    They made no mention of the smell, but like every episode of Mighty Ships, the vessel and its crew were presented as the epitome of conscientious and brilliant mariners, facing the most incredible and dangerous challenges. Oh, and there were fire drills.

  5. Carrie Scoville says:

    The elusive cattle carrier Almawashi was sighted at the port of Montevideo Uruguay on January 2, 2010. The full load showed no sign of disembarking so I guess local restaurateurs come aboard and select their own cattle?

    Photos were taken from the 11th deck of the silly looking Norwegian Sun which, unbelievably, docked adjacent to the Almawashi. This was towards the end of our cruise from Santiago and we were all feeling not too dissimilar fromn the penned livestock. Fortunately we were not downwind.

    Will email the photos directly.

    Carrie Scoville
    San Pedro, CA USA

  6. ANEESH. S says:

    Haii how to get jobs in cattile carrier?? As Abileseman or Ordinary seaman.. I have experince 15 months as Ordinary seaman. Now working in cable ship in singapore..

  7. Suzanne Cass says:

    Tens of thousands of animals die terrible deaths on these ships (out of Australia) every year. They die of heat exhaustion, starvation (euphemistically described by the industry as inanition), enteritis, and trauma from cruel handling. Most of these ships should have gone to scrap years ago.

  8. Why is live stock carried on ships across the globe? As far I understand it is mainly about the method of slaughter, forbidden in the exporting country and compulsory in the importing one. Kill the animals however you want, but nor on my backyard, seems to be the general idea. We export alive and turn a blind eye to whatever fate awaits these unfortunate creatures.

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