Media tours live sheep vessel Al Messilah

Zach RelphCountryman
Media toured the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company-owned Al Messilah today.
Camera IconMedia toured the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company-owned Al Messilah today. Credit: Joy Loughnan / Marinetraffic.com

WA’s live sheep export industry has welcomed media aboard a livestock vessel today in an effort to shine a light on the trade’s improved shipping standards.

Journalists were invited to the Fremantle Port today by the newly-formed Sheep Collective to tour the Al Messilah before it departs en route to the Middle East, carrying about 65,000 sheep and 100 cattle.

The media watched the loading of the sheep and toured the Kuwait Livestock Transport and Trading Company-owned Al Messilah’s decks, while also viewing the ship’s ventilation, food and water systems.

It comes after KLTT, a parent company to Perth-based livestock export Rural Export and Trading WA, and the Sheep Collective also held two vessel tours for politicians at Fremantle in January and earlier this month.

KLTT chief executive Osama Boodai said industry transparency was important in the wake of last April’s Awassi Express drama which spun the sector into disarray.

“Australia is essential for our food security, we welcome people to come and see what we are doing,” he said.

WA Livestock Export Association chairman John Cunnington and Rural and Livestock Transport Association WA president Andy Jacob were among the industry representatives in attendance.

Full story in next Thursday’s Countryman.

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