Australia has banned a livestock carrier from entering its waters for two-years in what has been described as one of the most severe such bans.

The 3,300-dwt Barkly Pearl (built 1993) was initially spotted in early November travelling through Australia’s northern waters with a large hole in its hull.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued an intervention direction instructing the vessel to the nearest safe harbour at Geraldton due to concerns over the structural integrity of the vessel and the potential threat of pollution.