KUALA LUMPUR – A unique contract was signed yesterday between Dutch naval architecture firm, Groot Ship Design, South Korea’s Sungdong shipyard, and Malaysian shipowner PBHH/BH, for the design and delivery of two types of livestock carriers.
Groot Ship Design created two concept designs for Sungdong, a design for the transport of 7000 cows (Livestock carrier 7000) and a design for the transport of 11000 cows (Livestock carrier 11000). These designs are to be further completed in the coming months. Groot Ship Design shall also provide a large part of the basic engineering for the Korean shipyard.
Of each type the Korean yard will build 5 vessels for PBHH/BH Livestock. Sungdong requested Groot Ship Design to deliver the design for each type because of the knowledge and experience in livestock carriers and the innovating bow design of the Groot Cross-Bow©.
For Groot Ship Design this is the biggest design order so far since the company started at the end of 2005.
The shipbuilding contracts were signed between BPHH/BH live stock and Sungdong. Groot Ship Design and Bureau Veritas have been contracted separately by Sungdong to provide design/engineering and ship classification for these vessels respectively.
For PBHH this is an important step forward into the world market for live animal transportation with special attention for the welfare of the animals. PBHH is a major player in the production of halal food, the new fleet of livestock carriers will further strengthen its position in that market. For Groot Ship Design this is a new milestone with regards to further internationalisation (after Europe, China, and India, now Korea) and the size of the designs. The largest of the two designs, the livestock carrier 11000, is with respect to the main dimension, so far now, the largest ship designed by Groot Ship Design.
Of each design, 5 ships will be built (10 ships in total). Livestock is shipped from Sudan to Malaysia and as return cargo frozen chicken will be carried, each ship will therefore load 100 pcs of 40ft reefer containers. Groot Ship Design is honoured to receive this great order which will offer work to 20-25 specialists and designers for the rest of the remaining year. Sundong is the no 5 shipyard of Korea with approx 8500 employees and one the most modern shipyards of its kind.