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Lost at sea

In September 2020 Gulf Livestock 1, a ship carrying 43 crew and 6,000 cows from New Zealand to China, sank in the Pacific. Nearly 100 ships a year encounter the same fate – we wanted to find out why.

Lost at sea

First published
Monday 19 April 2021

Last updated
Tuesday 20 April 2021

Why this story?

Last autumn, with 43 crewmen on board and almost 6,000 cows, the Gulf Livestock 1 sailed headlong into a typhoon. Hours later, amid high waves and violent winds, it sank into the Pacific Ocean. Why did any of this happen? The answers, it turns out, don’t just concern a single ship – but the entire shipping industry and its wanton practices.

Basia Cummings, Editor