The port captain of Tarragona detained the 'Atlantic M', loaded with 5,700 live animals, for five days after the detection of deficiencies especially regarding the documentation. The ship had arrived in port in the night of Apr 20, 2018, and intended to leave after a few hours with the load of 4,000 lambs and 1,700 calves. After the defiencies were rectified, the ship was allowed to leave on Apr 25 at 11.50 a.m. bound to Al Khums, ETA Apr 28. The animal collective Tarragona Animal Save has denounced that the animals had to endure days of confinement in precarious conditions and has highlighted that crew members of other ships have warned of the strong smell that came off the cargo. The manager of Euromarco, the consignee company that has supervised the operation, denied that the animals have been subjected to degrading conditions during the wait.