A Chinese firm delivered a giant carrier ship designed for livestock to a Singaporean buyer on Wednesday [27 April 2016]. The ship is the largest of its kind to be produced in China. Built by COSCO Shipyard and delivered by its subsidiary in the northeastern coastal city of Dalian, the vessel is 189.5 meters long with a floor space of 23,500 square meters, enough for 17,000 live cattle at a time…Full Article: Xinhua Apr 2016

Key Points

  • The COSCO livestock shipping vessel contains water piping, a forage feeding systems, and other livestock transport equipment. Since 2013, COSCO has received seven vessel orders.
  • In general, livestock shipping vessels are typically converted from container (TEU) shipping vessels.
  • In 2014, China agreed to import 1 million head of cattle from Australia annually, which requires 20 vessels with a capacity of 5,000 heads of cattle.
  • In 2013, COSCO built its first livestock shipping vessel for a Dutch company.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In October 2015, China Shipping began a grain shipping service with China’s COFCO Group. China Shipping Group and COFCO would reportedly import 3.5 million MTs of grain per year.
  • In October 2015, China began importing live cattle (beef) from Australia, including a 150 heads of cattle to Chongqing. One of the Chinese companies that imported the Australian slaughter cattle was Chongqing Hondo.
  • In August 2015, China was considering merging China Ocean Shipping Group (COSCO) with China Shipping Group. COSCO is China’s largest shipping company by fleet size.
  • In July 2015, China and Australia began formalizing an agreement on live feeder and slaughter cattle. The agreement would allow Australia to export live slaughter and feeder cattle (i.e. cattle that is to be fattened prior to slaughter). During the same month, a Chinese businessman purchased cattle station land (~40,000 heads of cattle) in Australia’s Northern Territory.
  • In 2014, Australia exported approximately 70,000 dairy heifers to China.
  • Founded in 1961 and headquartered in Beijing, China Ocean Shipping (COSCO) is one of China’s top shipping companies. As of 2015, COSCO had 175 container ships.

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