The Uniceb, a 14,990-tonne, Panama-flagged ship, left Fremantle in Western Australia on 23 August on a routine 16-day run to Jordan, Australia's biggest live sheep market. But 400 km (245 miles) east of the Seychelles, an engine-room fire quickly spread, killing one of the ship's 55 crew. The remaining crew abandoned the ship and were picked up by a passing cargo vessel. Reuter - SydneyReuse content
A blazing, abandoned ship with almost 70,000 Australian sheep on board has gone missing near the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, officials said yesterday. The vessel still had not been found five hours after a rescue tug from the Gulf of Aden and a converted car carrier from Karachi, Pakistan, reached the area, an Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation official said.