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Wellard Ships Finalist in Lloyd’s List Asia Awards

November 4, 2013

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Wellard has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious 2013 Lloyd’s List Asia Awards, for excellence in the Training category.

The Lloyds List Asia Awards recognise the dedication to excellence in the maritime profession across numerous categories. The winners will be announced at a special event to be held in Singapore on November 26.

Wellard Ships owns and operates the most modern and technologically advanced livestock fleet in the world, which are operated and maintained by in-house trained officers, engineers and crew.

The absence of worldwide handling rules and regulation for the maritime transportation of sensitive live cargo motivated Wellard Ships to design and implement its own plan to improve the safety of its crew members and the well-being of its livestock cargo, through development of an onshore training facility in the Philippines, where the company sources most of its on-board crew.

The company also developed a Livestock Handling Training Manual in conjunction with a range of specialists from universities in Western Australia and Texas for use at the on-site training facility in Magalang (Pampanga, Philippines).

The Wellard crew of the future undertake theory and practice at the land-based facility, utilising the Wellard feedlot located next door to replicate on-board conditions and scenarios.

New crew members cannot go to sea on Wellard vessels unless they have completed the training course.

Wellard Chairman Mauro Balzarini praised Fleet Manager Philippe Lecloux for this achievement and said crew training complemented the new, technologically advanced ships in the Wellard fleet, a practice he hopes will be adopted by all livestock vessel operators.

“In an area where there is no standard training for crew members who handle such precious cargo as livestock, we are proud that we have become an industry leader, establishing a high benchmark in crew safety and animal welfare,” Mr Lecloux said.

Since the training programs commenced in December 2011, there has been an immediate and significant reduction in the in the amount of incidents related to cargo handling, demonstrating the capacity of trained crew members to manage risks related to animal welfare.

 The land-based training is overseen by the veterans of livestock vessels, such as Bosun.

“Wellard is fortunate to have a team of dedicated people to manage its fleet, and focus on  teaching our next generation of crew members,” Mr Balzarini said.

Wellard Ships has a fleet of three vessels, the MV Ocean Drover, the MV Ocean Swagman and the MV Ocean Outback, each of which has been purpose built and designed to meet the needs of global livestock transportation.


For further information, please contact:
Cameron Morse
Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888
Mobile: +61 433 886 871
Website: www.wellard.com.au


Background – Wellard Rural and Trading

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

Its two largest subsidiaries are Wellard Rural Exports, Australia’s largest livestock exporter and ship owner, and Wellard Agri, a large mixed farming land owner and operator specialising in the production of grains, legumes and livestock.

Wellard Rural Exports has supplied quality dairy and beef cattle and sheep and goats to the world for more than 30 years, 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 new, 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 Agri owns and operates eight farms covering 33,000 hectares across three agri-hubs. The two northern hubs are located at Dongara and Watheroo in Western Australia’s central midlands and one is located at Kojonup in the Great Southern region of WA.

The Dongara hub is home to The Grange, a 14,500 hectare property which is considered one of Western Australia’s blue chip farming properties.

The remaining landholding totals more than 18,000 hectares, of which 14,000 hectares is cropped to a variety of grains and legumes. The other 4000ha is devoted to sheep production, including the famous Hyfield Poll Merino stud at Kojonup. In addition, Wellard leases an additional 14,500ha for livestock and grain production.

Wellard Agri also has operations in the farm machinery sector, through management of the CLAAS Harvest Centres at Katanning and Esperance for the Landpower range of farm machinery. 

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