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Wellard is meeting rising global demand for protein through the supply of quality livestock and value-added-product to consumers throughout the world. Our principal business is the supply of live sheep and cattle to the Middle East and Asia, providing an important link between producers of quality livestock and consumers.

Our Fleet

Wellard designs and builds its own vessels to avoid the compromises in the design that retrofitting an existing ship requires.

Our purpose-built livestock vessels form one of the largest fleets that has been approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (which has the toughest standards in the world) as well as the youngest and most technologically advanced.

The size of the area available for cattle and sheep and the speed and range of the vessel provides Wellard with competitive advantages on all worldwide routes.  This enables Wellard to complete more voyages with more livestock while maintaining a high standard of animal welfare.

On board Wellard’s livestock vessels animal well-being and safety are optimised through vessel design and state-of-the-art monitoring technology in areas such as ventilation, automated feed and watering distribution, spacious enclosures and dynamic stability.

Ventilation is vital to the health and welfare of sheep and cattle on board. Wellard’s vessels are designed to ensure that the entire volume of air on each of the livestock decks is replaced more than once per minute with fresh air. This air turnover is three times greater than both the Australian industry standard for livestock vessels and commercial passenger aircraft.

Our in-house designed ventilation system evenly distributes the fresh air throughout the entire pen area with inlets or outlets located in each pen. The operation of the ventilation system is monitored 24 hours a day and is powered by two fully independent on-board power stations, so that in case of mechanical failure in one system the other automatically provides continuity of service.

The most recent addition to the Wellard fleet is the MV Ocean Shearer. It incorporates world leading design and technology.

The MV Ocean Kelpie is under construction. With its improved fuel efficiency and fodder capacity, it will represent a new generation of livestock vessels.

The officers and crew on board professionally manage each vessel to ensure continued, efficient operations and the safe delivery of healthy livestock.

The Wellard fleet is comprised of:

  • MV Ocean Shearer
  • MV Ocean Drover
  • MV Ocean Swagman
  • MV Ocean Ute
  • MV Ocean Kelpie (under construction)


The MV Ocean Shearer is largely based on the proven and successful design of Wellard’s MV Ocean Drover.

It is the world’s largest purpose-built livestock vessel.

It has the capacity to transport 20,000 cattle or 75,000 sheep or a combination of both and is suited to trans-hemisphere routes.

The major improvements that have been incorporated into the design of the MV Ocean Shearer include double hull construction, a quieter, stronger ventilation system, larger water generation and fodder storage systems, and a more efficient engine.

Vessel specifications:

  •  Year of build: 2016
  • Length: 189.3m
  • Breadth: 31m
  • Gross tonnage: 36,028 tonnes
  • Livestock area: 23,500 square metres
  • Number of decks: 9
  • Design draft: 8.85m
  • Freshwater capacity: 350 tonnes
  • Freshwater production: 800 tonnes/day from 5 reverse osmosis units
  • Fodder Capacity: 3,000 tonnes
  • Ventilation: Greater than 0.5 metres/second across all pen areas. Greater than 100 air changes per hour.
  • Speed: 20 knots
  • Engines: MAN B&W type 6S50 ME – B9,5 TII
  • Crew: 45

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

The vessel is capable of transporting 75,000 sheep or 20,000 cattle to major markets around the globe.

The vessel carried its one-millionth head of cattle in October 2015.

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:

  • 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
  • Freshwater capacity: 2, 740,000 litres
  • Freshwater 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

The MV Ocean Swagman, a new technologically advanced, purpose-built vessel, sailed on its maiden voyage in January 2010.

The vessel has the capacity to transport 7,000 cattle or 26,000 sheep, or a combination of both.

The MV Ocean Swagman provided a step change livestock vessel design and construction with a singular focus – enhanced welfare and safety of livestock, vessel and crew.

Its Dual Independent Propulsion System, comprising separate engine rooms and propellers, provides levels of redundancy, and therefore safety, rarely seen in cruise liners and never before built into livestock vessels.

The advanced ventilation system fans an average of 110 air changes per hour, four times the Australian standard and 3.5 times the number of air changes per hour on a commercial airliner.

The MV Ocean Swagman has been classified by the Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) as a ‘Green Star Vessel’, due to its low emissions and pollution prevention design and systems.

Vessel specifications:

  • Length: 130 metres
  • Breadth: 21.6 metres
  • Keel to mast height: 24 metres
  • Gross tonnage: 12,892 tonnes
  • Livestock area: 8,000 m2
  • Number of decks: 7
  • Summer draft: 7.8 metres
  • Freshwater capacity: 2,000,000 litres (almost equivalent of Olympic sized swimming pool)
  • Freshwater production: 320,000 litres per day from 4 reverse osmosis desalination plants
  • Fodder capacity: 2,000 cubic metres (equivalent 1,500 tonnes) in two fodder tanks
  • Air circulation: 110 air changes/hour (3.5 times minimum standard)
  • Speed: 17 knots
  • Engines: 2 Wartsila 9L32
  • Crew: 34

The MV Ocean Ute was purchased by Wellard in 2015.

The vessel can transport about 6,000 cattle or 22,000 sheep, or a combination of both.

It was converted into a livestock carrier in 2010.

The MV Ocean Ute is classified by Bureau Veritas.

It has visited ports in South and South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle America, Gulf of Mexico, South America East Coast, East Asia and the Mediterranean Sea.

Vessel specifications:

  • Length: 139.95 metres
  • Breadth: 20 metres
  • Gross tonnage: 12,665 tonnes
  • Livestock area: 7,268 sq metres
  • Number of decks: 7
  • Summer draft: 7.2 metres
  • Freshwater capacity: 1,322.04 cbm
  • Freshwater production: 360 tonnes per day from 2 reverse osmosis desalination plants
  • Fodder capacity: 1,234.3 cbm
  • Air circulation: 60 air changes/hour
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Engines: Ulstein Bergen Diesel, BRM-8 4SCSA
  • Crew: 36

The vessel is under construction. When it enters service, the MV Ocean Kelpie will deliver additional, state of the art transport capacity to Wellard’s fleet, as well as incorporating a new design to reduce fuel consumption, running costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

The mid-sized vessel will be able to carry 10,000 cattle or 40,000 sheep, or a combination of both. It has been optimised to deliver maximum livestock transport efficiency in the China and South East Asian markets but will be suitable for any market globally.

Its enhanced fodder capacity will give greater voyage scheduling flexibility.

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