The cattle trade between Australia and Cambodia began in June when the livestock carrier Greyman Express, 10,421gt, of the Dutch shipping company Vroon, transported 2,760 head of Australian cattle to Sihanoukville.
This was the first delivery of beef cows from Australia since Phnom Penh and Canberra finalised health protocols two years ago.
The Singapore-flagged Greyman Express is the sixth of seven livestock vessels in Vroon’s newbuilding programme. Built at China’s Cosco Guangdong Shipyard, the ship was delivered last April. The Greyman Express can carry around 4,000 head of cattle and is said to be fitted with animal-welfare facilities exceeding Australian regulations.
Following her delivery, the ship was placed on time charter with Frontier International Agri, a subsidiary of the Australian agricultural company Ruralco.