‘Bad weather forces live export ferry to return to Ramsgate’

Posted on November 21, 2012

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Today (21st November), a news item was posted on the Farmers Guardian web-site titled ‘Bad weather forces live export ferry to return to Ramsgate’.

‘… A FERRY carrying two lorry loads of sheep has been forced to return to Ramsgate port due to bad weather.

MV Joline embarked for France at around lunch-time today, after the captain of the ship and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency declared conditions were safe to travel.

Speaking just before 4pm on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) said it was unclear at this point what would be done with the sheep when the ship docked.

Organisations campaigning to halt live exports from Ramsgate, including the RSPCA, have complained at the lack of holding facilities at the port in the event of an incident like this.

However, a ban on exports from Ramsgate by Thanet District Council was overturned recently when a High Court judge agreed with Defra that it is not necessary to provide emergency facilities at the port itself and that the existence of contingency premises within an hour’s drive is sufficient safeguard for animal welfare …

Commenting on Twitter earlier today, AHVLA said: “Captain of MV Joline satisfied weather conditions safe for vessel to sail from Port of Ramsgate, with no risk to welfare of animals.”

“MCA confirm weather conditions in line with those given by captain – windy with low wave height and moderate sea conditions.”

Also commenting on Twitter RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said:  “Joline forced back to Ramsgate wth 2 lorries of sheep. Shoudn’t sail in such dire weather. RSPCA Insp await. Complaint made to authorities.” …’

Read the item in full and view image at www.farmersguardian.com/home/livestock/bad-weather-forces-live-export-ferry-to-return-to-ramsgate/51463.article

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