Cosco Shipyard in Guangdong, China, has officially completed the construction of two livestock vessels, installed with the latest technology for animal welfare.
The livestock carriers, christened MV Galloway Express and MV Ganado Express, are the first two in a newbuilding programme of four next‑generation vessels being built for Dutch multinational shipping company, Vroon.
According to Vroon, the vessels feature a new design of bow which will result in significant fuel savings. Both will also have the capability to reach a high service speed of approximately 16.75 knots in heavy weather without detrimental impact to the comfort of the livestock cargo on board.
In addition, the vessels have a cargo capacity of approximately 4,500 square metres, which equates to around 4,000 head of cattle at 350 kg/head. According to Vroon, 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 cruising range of the vessels is around 18,000 nautical miles. The third vessel is scheduled to be delivered later this year with the fourth due early in 2014.