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.