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MV Ocean Drover

The MV Ocean Drover (formerly the MV Becrux), was commissioned in 2002 and is the world’s largest, purpose-built livestock carrier, with advanced ventilation, feed and water systems.

The vessel is capable of transporting 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle to major markets around the globe.

The vessel celebrated its 100th voyage in June 2010.

It has visited ports in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, China and Russia, and loaded from Townsville, Darwin, Wyndham, Broome, Geraldton, Fremantle, Adelaide and Portland in Australia plus New Zealand, United States and Brazil.

Vessel specifications - MV Ocean Drover

  • Length: 180 metres
  • Breadth: 31.1 metres
  • Gross tonnage: 33.774,14 tonnes
  • Livestock area: 24,000 sq metres
  • Number of decks: 9
  • Summer draft: 8.2 metres
  • Fresh water capacity: 2, 740,000 litres
  • Fresh water production: 600 tonnes per day from 4 reverse osmosis desalination plants
  • Fodder Capacity: 1500 tonnes
  • Air circulation: 60 air changes/hour
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Engines: Man B. & W. 7S50MC-C
  • Crew: 45