Balzarini’s new livestock shipping venture delayed by coronavirus

NextSeaWell, the livestock carrier project launched by former Wellard boss Mauro Balzarini, has been delayed due to the lockdown in Italy and other parts of Europe.

NextSeaWell plans to construct LNG-powered  livestock ships, however work has dramatically slowed down as it includes operations located close to Milan.

“The situation in Italy, coupled with the increasing global travel bans, means we’ve had to delay design and testing work,” Balzarini said. “At this stage, we obviously don’t know how long the delays will last and our primary concern is for everyone involved with the project and their families to remain safe and healthy.”

Residing in New Zealand, Balzarini said his ability to maintain hands-on involvement with the shipbuilding project has been severely restricted due to that country’s rules on international travel.

“Prior to the outbreak in Italy, we had made some exciting progress, proving that many of the advanced technologies to be implemented in our designs are even more robust than we’d initially thought. Testing on our new ventilation system designs, for example, indicate they will be a major step forward compared to any current systems. We are looking forward to getting back to work as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so,” Balzarini explained.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.


  1. Is it not somewhat ironic that a corona virus infection affecting humans has slowed down the construction of vessels intended to carry millions of animals in extremely unpleasant circumstances to their deaths?
    This barbaric practice of transporting live animals from the Antipodes to the Middle East should be banned worldwide immediately.

  2. Fantastic, while the ghoulish Live Export stakeholders & weak National party ignore public disgust, welfare of stock and scramble to reverse all welfare improvements, the corona virus delivers what they deserve. Now transition to frozen which actually provides food security to same middle eastern customers who import $10b in frozen meat vs The small cruel live Export industry worth less than $2b. And that $10b goes to other suppliers, like the rest of the global frozen meat & offal industry worth $130b.

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