Independent observations of livestock export voyages by sea

The department administers an independent observer (observer) program for livestock export voyages by sea to provide additional assurance on the effectiveness of exporter arrangements in managing animal welfare. The role of an observer is to monitor, observe and report on activities in approved export programs for the purpose of ensuring the health and welfare of live animals in the course of export activities.

Following the completion of the voyage observers prepare a report detailing their observations from the loading of the vessel, through to completion of discharge at the final destination port. The primary purpose of the independent observer reports is to provide the department with information to enable the effective regulation of the livestock export trade.

Once the report is received from the observer it is reviewed by departmental officers to identify any issues that require regulatory action.  Where significant issues are identified in the report, appropriate corrective actions are issued by the department.

A comprehensive quality assurance and peer review process is then applied to each observer report.  As part of this process a redacted copy of the report is prepared for the regulated entity, the exporter.  Reports are redacted to ensure privacy requirements are met.

In recognition of the high level of community interest in livestock exports, the department also prepares a summary of the key observations from the report for publication. Where possible, the observer approves the summary report prior to its publication.  The summary reports provide an accurate account of what has been observed from the loading of each vessel through to discharge at the final destination port.

Australian Government Accredited Veterinarians and LiveCorp Accredited Stockperson/s continue to undertake the exporter’s program of activities; keeping animal welfare as their primary focus.  The observer takes no active part in the management of the livestock during the voyage.

The stockpersons are employed by the exporters, and as such, report back directly to them during and after the voyage.  As a result, exporters should already be aware of any health and welfare issues that arise during voyages, to enable appropriate action where required, without the need to await provision of redacted observer reports, or the publication of summary observer reports.

For the purpose of these reports, the first day of the voyage is considered to be the first day of loading, and the last day of the voyage is considered to be the final day of discharge.

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2019

Independent Observer Reports

Report No.VesselSpecies and destinationVoyage dateStatus
156Ocean SwagmanCattle to IndonesiaJuly 2019 Completed
155Ocean Drover Cattle to IndonesiaJuly 2019In progress
154Greyman ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJuly 2019In progress
153Girolando ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJuly 2019In progress
152Yangtze Fortune Cattle to China July 2019In progress
151Ocean UteCattle to VietnamJune 2019In progress
150Ocean SwagmanCattle to IndonesiaJune 2019In progress
149Anna MarraCattle to Indonesia and MalaysiaJune 2019 Completed
148Gloucester ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJune 2019In progress
147Gudali ExpressCattle and Buffalo to VietnamJune 2019In progress
146Shorthorn ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJune 2019In progress
145BahijahCattle to IsraelJune 2019 Completed
144Gulf Livestock OneCattle to ChinaJune 2019 Completed
143Yangtze FortuneCattle to IndonesiaJune 2019 Completed
142Bison ExpressCattle to PhilippinesJune 2019In progress
141Gloucester ExpressCattle to VietnamJune 2019 Completed
140Galloway Express Cattle to IndonesiaJune 2019 Completed
139Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJune 2019In progress
138Ocean SwagmanCattle to VietnamJune 2019 Completed
137Ocean UteCattle to VietnamMay 2019 Completed
136Ganado ExpressCattle to ChinaMay 2019 Completed
135Shorthorn ExpressCattle to VietnamMay 2019 Completed
134Gulf Livestock OneCattle to IndonesiaMay 2019 Completed
133Ocean DroverCattle and Sheep to Kuwait and UAEMay 2019 Completed
132Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaMay 2019In progress
131Anna MarraCattle to IndonesiaMay 2019In progress
130Bison ExpressCattle to Malaysia and BruneiMay 2019 Completed
129Shorthorn ExpressCattle to IndonesiaMay 2019 Completed
128Yangtze FortuneCattle to IndonesiaMay 2019 Completed
127MaysoraCattle and Sheep to Israel and JordanMay 2019 Completed
126Yangtze HarmonyCattle to RussiaMay 2019 Completed
125Ganado ExpressCattle to IndonesiaMay 2019 Completed
124Gloucester ExpressCattle to ChinaMay 2019 Completed
123Al MessilahCattle and Sheep to Kuwait and UAEMay 2019 Completed
122Ocean UteCattle to VietnamMay 2019In progress
121Greyman ExpressCattle to IndonesiaMay 2019 Completed
120Girolando ExpressCattle to VietnamMay 2019 Completed
119Ocean SwagmanCattle to ChinaMay 2019 Completed
118BahijahCattle to IsraelApril 2019 Completed
117Al ShuwaikhCattle and Sheep to Kuwait and QatarApril 2019 Completed
116Shorthorn ExpressCattle and Buffalo to VietnamApril 2019 Completed
115Girolando ExpressCattle to IndonesiaApril 2019 Completed
114Greyman ExpressCattle to VietnamApril 2019 Completed
113Anna MarraCattle to Indonesia and MalaysiaApril 2019 Completed
112Ganado ExpressCattle to VietnamApril 2019 Completed
111Yangtze FortuneCattle to ChinaApril 2019In progress
110Galloway ExpressCattle to PhilippinesApril 2019In progress
109RahmehCattle to ChinaApril 2019 Completed
108Greyman ExpressCattle to IndonesiaApril 2019 Completed
107Ocean UteCattle to VietnamApril 2019 Completed
106Gloucester ExpressCattle to ChinaApril 2019 Completed
105Al MessilahCattle and Sheep to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEApril 2019 Completed
104JawanCattle to IndonesiaMarch 2019 Completed
103Yangtze HarmonyCattle to IndonesiaMarch 2019 Completed
102Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaMarch 2019In progress
101Brahman ExpressCattle to IndonesiaMarch 2019 Completed
100Gelbray ExpressCattle to IndonesiaMarch 2019 Completed
99Al ShuwaikhCattle and Sheep to Kuwait and QatarMarch 2019In progress
98MaysoraCattle and Sheep to Israel and JordanMarch 2019 Completed
97GL Kai HouCattle to VietnamMarch 2019 Completed
96Ocean UteCattle to IndonesiaMarch 2019 Completed
95Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaMarch 2019 Completed
94Ocean SwagmanCattle to ChinaMarch 2019 Completed
93JawanCattle to Indonesia March 2019 Completed
92Yangtze FortuneCattle to ChinaMarch 2019 Completed
91Yangtze HarmonyCattle to IndonesiaMarch 2019 Completed
90Girolando ExpressCattle to Indonesia March 2019 Completed
89DareenCattle to VietnamMarch 2019 Completed
87Greyman ExpressCattle to VietnamFebruary 2019 Completed
86Al MessilahCattle and Sheep to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEFebruary 2019 Completed
85Ocean UteCattle to IndonesiaFebruary 2019 Completed
84RahmehCattle to ChinaFebruary 2019 Completed
83Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaFebruary 2019 Completed
81JawanCattle to IndonesiaFebruary 2019 Completed
80Galloway ExpressCattle and Buffalo to IndonesiaFebruary 2019 Completed
79Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaFebruary 2019In progress
78Greyman ExpressCattle to VietnamFebruary 2019 Completed
77Ganado ExpressCattle to IndonesiaFebruary 2019 Completed
76Brahman ExpressCattle and Sheep to IsraelFebruary 2019 Completed
75Shorthorn ExpressCattle to IndonesiaFebruary 2019 Completed
74Al ShuwaikhCattle and Sheep to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEFebruary 2019 Completed
73Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJanuary 2019 Completed
72Greyman ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJanuary 2019 Completed
71BahijahCattle and Sheep to IsraelJanuary 2019Completed
70MaysoraCattle and sheep to Israel and JordanJanuary 2019 Completed
69Ocean SwagmanCattle and Sheep to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEJanuary 2019 Completed
68JawanCattle to IndonesiaJanuary 2019 Completed
67Al MessilahCattle and Sheep to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEJanuary 2019 Completed
66Greyman ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJanuary 2019 Completed
65Ocean UteCattle to IndonesiaJanuary 2019 Completed
64Gadali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaJanuary 2019 Completed
63RahmehCattle to VietnamJanuary 2019 Completed
62DareenCattle to Oman and PakistanJanuary 2019 Completed
61Gloucester ExpressCattle to ChinaJanuary 2019 Completed

2018

Independent Observer Reports

Report No.VesselSpecies and destinationVoyage dateStatus
60Ganado ExpressCattle to ChinaDecember 2018 Completed
59Greyman ExpressCattle to VietnamDecember 2018 Completed
58Ocean UteCattle to IndonesiaDecember 2018 Completed
57Al ShuwaikhCattle and Sheep to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEDecember 2018 Completed
56Yangtze HarmonyCattle to ChinaDecember 2018 Completed
55Shorthorn ExpressCattle to ChinaDecember 2018In progress
54Anna MarraCattle to IndonesiaDecember 2018 Completed
53Ocean SwagmanCattle to VietnamDecember 2018 Completed
52JawanCattle to Oman and PakistanDecember 2018 Completed
51DareenCattle VietnamDecember 2018 Completed
50BahijahCattle and Sheep to Israel
December 2018In progress
49Greyman ExpressCattle to VietnamDecember 2018 Completed
48Bison ExpressCattle to ChinaDecember 2018 Completed
47Al MessilahCattle and Sheep to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEDecember 2018 Completed
46Girolando ExpressCattle to IndonesiaDecember 2018 Completed
45Yangtze FortuneCattle to Indonesia and MalaysiaDecember 2018 Completed
44RahmehCattle to ChinaDecember 2018 Completed
43Ocean SwagmanCattle to VietnamNovember 2018 Completed
42Anna MarraCattle to IndonesiaNovember 2018 Completed
41Ganado ExpressCattle to VietnamNovember 2018 Completed
40Ocean UteCattle to ChinaNovember 2018 Completed
39Girolando ExpressCattle to IndonesiaNovember 2018 Completed
38DareenCattle to VietnamNovember 2018In progress
37Shorthorn ExpressCattle to IndonesiaNovember 2018 Completed
36Al ShuwaikhCattle and Sheep to Kuwait, Qatar and UAENovember 2018 Completed
35RahmehCattle and Buffalo to IndonesiaNovember 2018 Completed
34Bison ExpressCattle to VietnamNovember 2018 Completed
33Greyman ExpressCattle to VietnamNovember 2018 Completed
32MaysoraCattle and Sheep to Jordan and IsraelNovember 2018In progress
31Yangtze HarmonySheep to OmanNovember 2018 Completed
30Galloway ExpressCattle to IndonesiaNovember 2018 Completed
29BahijahCattle to IsraelNovember 2018 Completed
28Shorthorn ExpressCattle to IndonesiaNovember 2018 Completed
27Ganado ExpressCattle and Buffalo to VietnamOctober 2018 Completed
26Girolando ExpressCattle to ChinaOctober 2018 Completed
25Awassi ExpressCattle to IndonesiaOctober 2018 Completed
24Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaOctober 2018 Completed
23Ganado ExpressCattle to ChinaOctober 2018 Completed​
22Gloucester ExpressCattle to ChinaSeptember 2018 Completed
21MaysoraCattle to Israel and JordanSeptember 2018 Completed
20BahijahCattle to IsraelSeptember 2018 Completed
19Ocean SwagmanCattle to ChinaSeptember 2018 Completed
18JawanCattle to ChinaAugust 2018 Completed
17Gloucester ExpressCattle to ChinaAugust 2018 Completed
16Yangtze HarmonyCattle to ChinaAugust 2018 Completed
15Gudali ExpressCattle to IndonesiaAugust 2018 Completed​
14JawanCattle to IndonesiaAugust 2018 Completed
13JawanCattle to IndonesiaJuly 2018 Completed
12Yangtze FortuneCattle to ChinaJuly 2018 Completed
11JawanCattle to IndonesiaJune 2018 Completed​
10BahijahSheep and cattle to IsraelJune 2018 Completed
9Al MessilahSheep and cattle to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEJune 2018 Completed​
8MaysoraSheep and cattle to TurkeyMay 2018 Completed​
7Al ShuwaikhSheep and cattle to Kuwait, Qatar and UAEMay 2018 Completed
6Awassi ExpressCattle to Indonesia and MalaysiaMay 2018 Completed​
5Gudali ExpressCattle to VietnamMay 2018 Completed​
4Yangtze FortuneSheep to OmanMay 2018 Completed​
3Bader IIISheep and cattle to Israel and JordanMay 2018 Completed​
2Al MessilahSheep and cattle to Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and UAEApril 2018 Completed​
1MaysoraSheep and cattle to TurkeyApril 2018 Completed​