Former Wellard boss plans livestock return

Former Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini will launch a new venture focused on developing a new generation of livestock carriers.

Balzarini stepped down as CEO of Australia’s Wellard in June, ending 40 years of involvement with the company by his family.

Now, having relocated to Queenstown in New Zealand and following an out of court settlement with Wellard, Balzarini plans to do it all again with the launch of NextSeaWell, a venture which plans to develop a new generation of LNG-powered ships.

“Considering the average age of vessels in the water is around 20 years, there is a need to design more innovative ships to combat changing emission regulations. We also need to show the public that we are invested in improving standards to make livestock trade more sustainable and in the best interests of Australian producers and exporters,” Balzarini commented in a release.

The ships will have a capacity of around 11,000 head of cattle.

A design phase is underway and will be followed by a testing and validation phase.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. I wonder if the unsuspecting proposed investors in the NextSeaWell live animal export business have ever read the GCaptain piece on the deaths of over 2400 live sheep on a similar vessel to that envisaged?
    Or, if they have not read that report, how’s about wartching the following video, showing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHjR2t3wS30.
    Or, if further proof of the desire for sheer profit over animal welfare, how’s about checking out https://www.liveexportshame.com/articles/ships-of-shame-by-morna-wood.php?

  2. To talk about sustainability of live stock vessels is like talking about green lube oil for chain saws to be used in primeval forests. If talking about stock finally to end up as animal meat, transportation of live stock should be banned with horrendous fines for and with travel and financial exclusion orders for the persons setting up, dealing with and making profit out of such businesses, including design offices. Transportation of refrigerated meat and meat products is the only decent and allowable solution.

  3. The abhorrent cruelty and illegal practices that will continue in any business this cretin is invested in will once again be ignored via greased palms.

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