Vroon is delighted to announce that the company has recently placed an order for a seventh newbuilding livestock carrier, to be constructed at the Cosco Shipyard in Guangdong, P.R. China.
Four of these revolutionary, newbuilding livestock carriers have already been delivered to the company and are all trading successfully. Two vessels (Gloucester Express and Greyman Express) will be delivered during 2015, with the seventh vessel scheduled for completion in 2016.
The vessels are designed to have a cargo capacity of approx. 4,500 sqm (approx 4,000 head of cattle at 350 kg/head) and a cruising range of approx. 18,000 NM, sufficient for a voyage from Brazil to China and back without refuelling. The vessels will be fitted with animal welfare services (ventilation / watering / feeding) that exceed Australian (AMSA) regulations which are considered to be the world’s most stringent. .
The vessels feature a new design of bow which will result in significant fuel savings whilst being able to maintain a high service speed of abt 16.75 knots in heavy weather without detrimental impact to the comfort of the livestock cargo on board.
The seventh livestock carrier is already chartered to one of the major Australian livestock exporters under a tailor-made charter agreement, which will commence as soon as the vessel is delivered to Vroon.