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Wellard’s Ocean Drover celebrates 1 million cattle milestone

October 29, 2015

Wellard’s flagship, the MV Ocean Drover, has celebrated another milestone, transporting its one millionth head of cattle.

Following its return to service in perfect condition after a fire in the vessel’s accommodation quarters last year kept it in shipyard for five months, the milestone was achieved on a recent voyage from Townsville to Indonesia and Vietnam.

The world’s largest purpose built vessel, the MV Ocean Drover has loaded the million cattle from ports including  Townsville, Darwin, Wyndham, Broome, Geraldton, Fremantle, Adelaide, Portland, Timaru (NZ), Napier (NZ), Belem (Brasil), Galveston (USA)  and others, discharging them in countries including China, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Israel and Russia.

The vessel is also closing in on transporting its five millionth sheep, with 4,894,298 sheep transported to date.

“It was a big challenge when we decided to sign up the Uljanik shipyard in Croatia in 2000 to build the MV Becrux for what was, and still is, the largest new build livestock carrier in the world. And it still surpasses its closest purpose-built rival considerably in terms of size,” Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini said.

“I remember my hand was shaking when I had to sign the contract, but, we had every expectation it would be a high performance vessel as we had designed the ship from the keel up to provide the best animal welfare and transport performance.

“This milestone is another proof point that the MV Ocean Drover has delivered on that expectation.

“Building the MV Ocean Drover was a transformational event for Wellard, due to the combination of its size and its fit-for-purpose design and construction, so no-one is more pleased than me to see it reach that milestone.

“The vessel continues to be the flagship of our four-vessel fleet.”

The design of the MV Ocean Drover formed the design basis for two subsequent vessels, the MV Ocean Swagman and the MV Ocean Outback, and the currently under construction, MV Ocean Shearer.


For further information please contact:

Cameron Morse

Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888

Mobile: +61 (0) 433 886 871

Website: www.wellard.com.au


Background – Wellard

Wellard is a world leader in the production and distribution of livestock and meat.

Its largest subsidiary, Wellard Rural Exports, is Australia’s largest livestock exporter and ship owner.

Wellard Rural Exports has supplied quality dairy and beef cattle and sheep and goats to the world for more than 30 years, and its investment in the live export industry is without peer.  Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, the company’s operations cover every aspect of the export chain, including feed milling, livestock aggregation, road transport, feedlot facilities throughout Australia and modern shipping.

The company’s flagship carrier, the MV Ocean Drover (formerly the MV Becrux), is a purpose-built livestock carrier capable of carrying 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle to major markets around the globe.  She was commissioned in 2002.

Two, technologically advanced, purpose-built vessels, the MV Ocean Swagman and the MV Ocean Outback, were launched in 2010. They offer unparalleled levels of safety for the livestock, crew and vessel, and can transport 7000 cattle, 25,000 sheep, or a combination of both.

Wellard’s abattoir, Beaufort River Meats, processes up to 2500 sheep and lambs a day, enabling Wellard to meet customer demand for both livestock and chilled meat.

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