Cosco Guangdong Shipyard in China held, on Dec 22nd, a launching ceremony for Vroon’s next livestock carrier, the Girolando Express.
The vessel is 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 newbuild 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 vessel features 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.
Length between pp: 125.25m
Beam moulded: 19.60m
Girolando Express, the last in a series of four livestock carriers, is scheduled for delivery next year.
Vroon December 24, 2013