The pair, understood to be a vet and a stockhandler, were among 43 crew on board the Jordanian vessel Gulf Livestock 1 which was en route to China from New Zealand.
Lukas Orda, who previously worked at Gold Coast Equine Clinic and studied at James Cook University in Townsville, has been identified as the vet in several media reports.
Only one seaman, a Filipino, has so far been rescued. The Department of Foreign and Affairs is assisting the families of the Australians.
“The Australian government is providing consular assistance to the families of two Australian crew members on board a cargo vessel reported missing in Japanese waters,” DFAT said on Sept. 3.
“Owing to our privacy obligations we are unable to provide further comment.”
The ship sent a distress call from west of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan on Sept. 2 as the region experienced strong winds, heavy seas and drenching rains from Typhoon Maysak as it headed towards the Korean peninsula.
An industry source told AAP the shipment was a New Zealand consignment which would fall under their regulatory authorities.
The shipment is believed to have been put together by Australasian Global Exports, a Melbourne-based exporter which operates across Australia and New Zealand. Its understood the company has been contacting the families of the Australians.
Australasian Global Exports executive procurement director Graeme Turner declined to comment.
The exporter is believed to be responsible for employing stockhandlers and vets, with the shipping company employing the crew.
Japans coastguard said it rescued 45-year-old chief officer Sareno Edvarodo on Sept. 2 night while searching for the ship.
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