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Arklow Leadship Newbuild Makes Maiden Call to Dublin Port

12th January 2016
Arklow Vale on her maiden call to Dublin Port yesterday with a cargo of slag from Spain. The 5,100dwt newbuild is the leadship of 10 general cargoships on order from a Dutch yard. Photo Jehan Ashmore

#MaidenCall – Arklow Vale made her maiden call to Dublin Port yesterday, the newbuild is the leadship of 10 general cargoships of the Royal Bodewes 5,100dwt Trader Series built to the design of the Dutch yard, writes Jehan Ashmore.

At almost 87m in length overall, Arklow Vale features a distinctive fuel energy-saving designed bow as previously reported on

The newbuild launched in September 2014, demonstrates the consistency of the company (50th anniversary this year) to operate with a modern fleet serving markets chiefly in northern Europe.

The leadship newbuild of 2,999grt had sailed from Gijon, northern Spain laden with slag. The cargo was discharged at Dublin Port alongside the South Bank Quay for the adjacent Ecocem plant.

Arklow Vale represents one of the largest single class orders in the history of the Co. Wicklow based shipping company yet the newbuilds are for the Dutch division Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. based in Rotterdam. The Bodewes Trader Series or ‘V’ class ship given the naming nomenclature will also apply to her sisters which too will be registered at this major port.

The total fleet including the majority of Irish flagged vessels are currently comprised mostly of the ‘R’ class in which 15 such ships were also built in The Nederlands at the yard of Bijlsma Lemmer. The leadship Arklow Rose dates from 2002 while the final sister, Arklow Raven was completed in 2007. 

Last night Arklow Vale departed the capital 'light' (without cargo) and made the short coastal passage to Drogheda Port to dock this morning having anchored overnight. Further north in Belfast Harbour is where she made her maiden call to that port last month.

The second BodewesTrader series, Arklow View also previously reported to be undergoing sea-trials and to be named at an official ceremony not at the inland yard at Hoogezand but at Delfzijl.

The entry of Arklow Vale brings the Arklow Shipping total to 45 ships. They range from the 'R' class of 4,933dwt to the largest 'S' class bulkers of 34,905dwt. Across these ships, they can transport a variety of cargoes, among them in the carriage of bulk grain trades, steel rails, minerals and containers.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Dublin Port Information

Dublin Port Company is currently investing about €277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete by 2021. The redevelopment will improve the port's capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths. The ABR is part of a €1bn capital programme up to 2028, which will also include initial work on the Dublin Port’s MP2 Project - a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.

Dublin Port has also recently secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructure such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040. The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

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