Ocean Drover


The MV Ocean Drover (formerly the MV Becrux), was commissioned in 2002 and is the world’s largest, purpose-built livestock carrier, with advanced ventilation, feed and water systems.

The vessel is capable of transporting 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle to major markets around the globe.

The vessel celebrated its 100th voyage in June 2010.

It has visited ports in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, China and Russia, and loaded from Townsville, Darwin, Wyndham, Broome, Geraldton, Fremantle, Adelaide and Portland in Australia plus New Zealand, United States and Brazil.

Vessel specifications

Port of Registry: Majuro
Flag: Marshall islands
Call Sign: V7JX9
IMO Number: 9232852
Official Number: 6122
Owners: Ruchira Ships Limited, Marshall Islands
Managers: Korkyra Shipping d.o.o., Korcula, Croatia
Type: Livestock Carrier
Class: RINA
LOA: 176.32 m
Breadth max: 31.13 m
Depth: 14.54 m
Draft when loaded: 8.716 m
GRT / NT: 29770  / 10973
Deadweight: 13462 mt
Cargo capacity: 5000 cattles
Loading decks area: 23682 gros / 23378 net sqm
Cranes: Uljanik T.O. – 2 units – SWL 2.5 mt each, 7 – 24 m
Main Engine: MAN B&W, TYPE 7S50 MC-C / 11060 KW  / 127 RPM
Aux. engines: MAN B&W, 4 units / 2 X 1280 kw and 2 x 1120 kw / total 4800 kw
Speed: 19 kts
Number of Crew: 45