Livestock ships put animal welfare first: Department of Transport

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The General Directorate of Maritime Transport of the Ministry of Transport has emphasized the use of livestock vessels to prioritize animal welfare in order to achieve food self-sufficiency, putting the focus on beef and buffalo, ensuring smooth distribution using maritime modes of transport.

The use of vessels transporting livestock was one of the programs promulgated in Presidential Regulation No. 70 of 2017 on the implementation of public service obligations for the transport of goods to and from disadvantaged, remote areas, outermost and border regions.

“The implementation of special livestock transport has increased every year, from the aspect of the fleet to the routes and number of cattle transported to the addition of loading and unloading ports,” noted Acting Director General of Shipping, Arif Toha, in a press release received here on Friday.

This came following a video that went viral on social media which showed a ship transporting cattle without paying attention to their welfare.

Toha later noted that the cattle in the ship were well cared for during the voyage.

Since 2015, livestock transport vessels have been operating in Indonesia and showing good progress in terms of livestock distribution between regions.

There were six livestock vessels operated by KM Camara Nusantara (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6), with specifications for overall vessel length (LOA) ±69.78m, beam ±13.6m and a loading capacity of 150 tons. Each ship could carry 550 cattle in a single trip.

In 2015, there was only one route for cattle ships with four loading ports and four unloading ports, with a carrying capacity of 353 cattle.

Additionally, in 2016, the realization of cattle shipments increased significantly to 8,403 cattle but decreased slightly to 7,990 cattle in 2017.

“In 2018, cattle vessel routes increased to six, with 10 loading ports and seven unloading ports. Freight realization also increased sharply to 34,134 cattle. Freight realization increased to 42,726 cattle in 2019 and 42,984 cattle in 2020,” Toha remarked.

Each year the cattle ship service has increased based on the benefits felt by the community. Apart from improving animal health and welfare, the cost of livestock vessels is relatively affordable, thanks to government subsidies, Toha noted.

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