Strait Shipping has a long history of successfully transporting stock units and the comfort and safety of your stock continues to be our top priority. We've put together the following information to help ensure you comply with the strict regulations associated with transporting livestock across Cook Strait.
All minimum standards in The Animal Welfare Code 2011 apply to the transport of animals within New Zealand waters. However, the information here contains specific additional material relating to transporting animals across Cook Strait on our vessels.
When the driver of a road vehicle accompanies the vehicle on to one of our ships, the driver remains responsible for the animals. However, our master or person in charge of our vessel may refuse to transport sick, wild, or unmanageable animals. Our master may also refuse to transport any vehicle considered to be unsafe for, or presenting a risk to, the animals it carries. Here are are some other important things to note...
Vehicles should be equipped with a sufficient number of adequately designed,positioned and maintained securing points enabling us to securely fastened them to the vessel. Strait Shipping stows and secures all freight in accordance with the appropriate requirements of the IMO Code of Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing. Click here for more information.
The driver must be available during the voyage to provide care during the crossing. Our masters will allow the driver access to their animals for inspections and appropriate treatment, if circumstances allow.
Drivers must carry out an inspection of their animals before leaving the vehicle deck at the start of the sea journey and before driving the vehicle off or within 15 minutes after leaving the vessel.
At Strait Shipping we do our best to ensure that trucks carrying animals spend the least amount of time on the vessel as possible (i.e. last on and first off). Vehicles are always secured to the ship before the start of the sea journey to prevent animals from being displaced by the motion of the vessel. Furthermore our Load Mate always ensures that stock vehicles are parked in a position on our decks that allows sufficient ventilation or oxygenation so as to maintain air quality and temperature at levels that avoid pain, distress or harm to the animals.
At times the weather conditions may be deemed too unsafe by our Master to ship any animals. Typically though, a deciscion not to ship any long-legged animals will be made first given they are the most susceptible to falls.
During rough weather at sea, the level of animal inspection must always be dictated by safety requirements of the driver and our crew. Livestock are more likely to fall down during rough weather so inspections need to be carried out as soon as conditions allow and appropriate remedial measures taken. Assistance with downed, injured or distressed animals should be sought by the driver as soon as the vessel docks if on-board assistance has been unsuccessful.