At least 20 ships were suspended in Congested Suez Canal Livestock transport – raising concerns about animal safety on the fourth consecutive day of restricted marine traffic, according to Friday’s report.
A spokesman for the tracking site Marine Traffic and other sources said that the ships heading to the farms – some of which were loaded in Spain and Romania weeks ago – “all appear to be stuck at different points in the canal.” Watchman.
“My biggest fear is that the animals are running out of food and water and getting stuck on ships because they can’t be unloaded elsewhere for paperwork reasons,” said Gerrit Weidinger, the European Union Animal International Coordinator.
“It’s basically a ticking time bomb with a bio-time-ticking risk for animals, the crew, and anyone involved,” she said.
Floating farms have been stranded since The 1,300-foot Ever Giffen became a taut Diagonally in the channel near Egypt on Monday.
Nearly 200 ships – including Russian warships, bulk carriers and tankers – are still waiting to be freed from the blocked waterway.
Officials said there were no concerns about the immediate care of the animals, but Weidinger feared they would die if the flight was delayed any longer.
“Falling on board means there is a risk of starvation, dehydration, injuries and accumulation of waste so that they cannot lie down, and the crew cannot dispose of the dead animals’ bodies in [Suez] She said.
The stranded cattle ships include Omega Star and UNIMAR that departed from Spain in mid-March, according to the port, which did not specify what kind of animals were on board.
Five of the ships picked up animals in Spain, and nine carried them in Romania earlier this month, according to the international NGO Animal Organization.
Spanish officials said Thursday that they have stopped transporting livestock to areas where access to the canal is essential.
“We cannot tell you anything about these ships, but due to the blockage of the Suez Canal as a result of the suspension of the cargo ship, the Spanish administration has issued orders not to load any ships to transport animals destined for Saudi Arabia and Jordan so that the canal can be moved normally,” said the representative of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture .
Romanian agriculture officials did not respond to a request for comment, according to the port