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#ArklowGreens - Arklow Bank, leadship of six 'B' class newbuild general cargoships (4,800dwt) of the Arklow Shipping fleet is berthed at the Boliden Jetty mineral terminal in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The newbuild has 'greener' hull design credentials and along with her sisters flies the Dutch flag for Arklow Shipping Netherland B.V. As previously reported, her launch earlier this year was from Ferus Smit's Dutch shipyard at Westerbroek.

The B class dispense the use of a bulbous bow and instead is replaced with a straight-stem bow shape which brings a number of 'environmental' advantages. This allows the 119m hulled newbuilds which have sharper waterlines to have reduced resistance irrespective of loading draft.

Earlier this week Arklow Bank arrived from Coruna, northern Spain to the 'Coal' berth where scrap-metal is one of the trading activities that occupy this quayside. In recent days she shifted to load at Boliden (formerly Tara Mines) zinc loading terminal in Alexandra Basin and is expected to depart today.

Another sister, Arklow Bay which was launched in March (following Arklow Beach) became the largest ever vessel to trade to Drogheda Port last month. She too arrived from a Spanish port, Garrucha carrying a cargo of gypsum for Irish Cement's Platin plant facility.

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#GreenNewbuild – Arklow Beach became the third of six 'B' class 'green' newbuilds launched amidships at the Ferus Smit yard in Westerbroek, the Netherlands for Arklow Shipping's Dutch subsidiary, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The spectacular sideways launch (see photo's) and christening of the 4,800dwt vessel yard No. 111 follows Arklow Bay in March and class leadship Arklow Bank in January. Next month this latest unit of the 119m long newbuilds will be delivered to Arklow Shipping Netherland based in Rotterdam, which will also be her port of registry.

The new series of bulk oriented general cargo ships have 'greener' credentials in that her slender straight-stem hull form coupled by a 'bulb-less' reduces wave resistance.

The design also takes into account the various loading drafts and wave conditions to be encountered in service. In addition the performance of the bow design will be better than an alternative bulb for single-draft and flat-water only transits.

Arklow Beach alongside her sisters will be mainly employed in the shipment of wheat, corn and other bulk commodities within European waters.

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#ArklowRuler – As previously reported, Arklow Ruler (2006/2,999grt), which ran aground at the entrance of Drogheda Port at the mouth of the Boyne, was eventually re-floated late this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore.

A previous attempt to re-float the Irish-flagged 80m vessel off the Co. Louth port's northern breakwater at high-tide had proved unsuccessful.

At the same time of this morning's departure of Arklow Ruler bound for Antwerp, the port re-opened for business as the pilot launch cutter, Boyne Protector attended another cargoship.

The incident follows a similar grounding in 2010 by a younger sister, Arklow Raider in which the MCIB investigated into the vessel which went onto a sandbank in the same vicinity.


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#ArklowNewBULKER – Arklow Shipping Ltd's newest and largest bulk-carrier Arklow Spray is currently heading along the Western Scheldt leading to Antwerp, having departed Liverpool's Gladstone Dock lock mid-week, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Arklow Spray which was berthed at Liverpool's Royal Seaforth Container Terminal (See Liverpool2) , was delivered this year to ASL having been launched last year from South Korean shipbuilders.

The 34,919dwt ship principle dimensions are length: 182m, beam 30m on a draft of 10m. She has a grain capacity of almost 47,000m3 and engine output delivers 14 knots.

She is the second of the 'S' class following Arklow Spirit which was launched last year also from the same Asian shipyard of Daesun Shipbuilding & Engineering.

Departing Liverpool this morning, another Arklow bulk-carrier, the 2004 built Arklow Wind, one of the 'W' class bulk-carriers, had shared the Gladstone Dock lock with P&O Ferries Norbank, one of three ro-pax ferries serving the Dublin route.

As for the Arklow Wind she is bound for the jetty at Aughinish Alumina on the Shannon Estuary.

Across the Irish Sea in Dublin Port are even more Arklow vessels, the 2009 built bulk-carrier Arklow Manor which is berthed at Alexandra Basin West and also nearby the smaller short-sea general cargoship Arklow Future.

All three bulk-carriers represent a succession of vessel designs and ships that entered service just over a decade ago and all are Irish flagged and registered in their owner's homeport of Arklow.

Arklow Shipping have a healthy track history of constantly replacing older tonnage with newbuilds.

As previously reported six 'B' class 'greener' multi-purpose general cargo-ships are on order from Ferus Smit shipyard's Dutch facility in Westerbroek which launched Arklow Bay last month.

Unlike her bulk-carrier counterparts, she is part of ASL's Dutch division, Arklow Shipping Netherland based in Rotterdam, the port of registry of her sister leadship Arklow Bank.


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#GreenNewbuild - Arklow Bay was launched by a Dutch shipyard on Friday, she is the second newbuild of six 'B'class 4,800dwt multi-purpose cargoships on order to Arklow Shipping Ltd, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The amidships or sideways launch of the vessel was carried out at Ferus Smit's second shipyard outside, Germany, at Westerbroek in the Netherlands. The 119m long leadship follows leadship Arklow Bank which was launched in January.

Next month the newbuild is due to be delivered to ASL's Dutch division Arklow Shipping N.V. based in Rotterdam from where she will be registered.

She has a slender hull form to optimise her 'green' credentials and a 'bulb-less' principle, where Arklow Bay will give better performance while not compromising on load capacity.

The design is a bulk oriented general cargo ship that will be mainly employed in the shipment of wheat, corn and other bulk commodities in European waters.


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#ArklowNewbuilds - Arklow Shipping's latest newbuilds are a general cargoship and bulk-carrier completed from Dutch and South Korean shipyards respectively and together they raise the fleet total to some 44 vessels, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Arklow Bank is understood to be the first of six 'B' class general cargoships ordered by ASL and was completed by Ferus Smit B.V. of Westerbroek in the Netherlands.

Notably, her design differs compared to her older counterparts in that she has a larger tonnage of 5,065 tonnes, an additional superstructure deck and hull design particularly the 'straight' stemmed and bulb-less bow.

This new hull form will give these new 'B' class vessels greater 'green' advantages as the longer and sharper waterlines reduce wave resistance even in rougher conditions, thus lessening impact irrespective of loading draft as deadweight of 4,800 tonnes allows to maximise cargo volume. The 119m long ship which is classed with Bureau Veritas has a two-hold grain capacity of 9902,6m³ and for bale of 349.706ft³ . Powerplant is a Mak engine delivering a maximum 13 knots.

She will join the company's Dutch division, Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. based in Rotterdam, from where the newbuild takes that port of registry. This Dutch fleet forms a minority within the overall fleet that flies the Irish tricolour and registered aptly in the homeport and headquarters of the company located on the banks of the River Avoca.

Adding to the Arklow based fleet is the second newbuild, Arklow Spray which is a 'S' class 34,500 dwt tonnes bulk-carrier completed by Daesun Shipbuilding & Engineering of South Korea. Likewise this newbuild is also classed under Bureau Veritas.

Principle dimensions of the 22,868 gross tonnage Arklow Spray are length 182m, beam 30m and a draft of 10m. She easily surpasses both the companies 'W' and 'M' class of bulkers (see Arklow Mill as previously reported) in terms of overall dimensions.

Arklow Spray is the second of this new design following lead ship, Arklow Spirit which entered service last year. The pair each has five holds handling a grain capacity of almost 47,000m³ and for bale just shy of 45,000m³. Cargo-handling is served by 4 x 30t MacGregor Electric cranes. A main MAN engine plant delivers a maximum speed of about 14 knots based on a cargo-laden capacity.

The newbuild sisters continue to inherent the 'S' class vessel naming theme of a previous generation of much smaller Dutch built bulkers. Arklow Spirit became the last member of these ships to be sold off in recent years.


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#ArklowNewbuild – Arklow Shipping Ltd's latest newbuild Arklow Muse joins 'M' class sisters as part of a mixed dry-cargo fleet of 45 vessels ranging between 3,000 – 14,990dwt, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Unlike the rest of the five 'M' class series built by Mokpo Shipyard Corporation in South Korea, the 14,018dwt Arklow Muse was completed by Daesun Shipbuilding & Engineering.

The principle dimensions of the dry-cargo vessel are 136m long,  a 21m beam and draught of around 8.5m.

Her classification society is Bureau Veritas. Class notation is for +100A1 +LMC,UMS, IWS (strengthened for heavy cargo) and her four holds. For example she can load a cargo of grain totaling 18,110m3 / 639,490 sq ft.

As for her power-plant, this is a main engine of the MaK 6M 43C design with a 5400kW capacity and a Jake reduction gear Rolls Royce controllable pitch propellers delivering about 14 knots.

Arklow Muse is registered at Arklow, her Irish homeport where the company headquarters are based managing the majority of the fleet. The balance of ships are operated from the chartering division Arklow Shipping N.V., located in Rotterdam.

Coincidentally, a sister of Arklow Muse, the 2010 built Arklow Mill is underway bound for Rotterdam, having yesterday loaded at the Aughinish Alumina processing plant on the Shannon Estuary.

Earlier this year, Arklow Mill had her deadweight tonnage (dwt) increased to 14,990 tonnes making her one of the largest vessels in the fleet in terms of dwt.

The work was carried out by Dublin Dry Docks in Alexandra Basin. It is also understood that the dry-docking involved a MEWIS duct fitted to the propeller to improve greater efficiency.

In addition to Arklow Mill, the Irish flagged vessel shared the Aughinish jetty with another bulker, Aom Julia of 76,000dwt. She was unloading bauxite on the adjacent berth of the Shannon estuary facility.


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#SHIP TOXIC LEAK - Eighteen people are being treated after toxic gas used to kill rodents escaped from an Irish flagged dry-cargoship docked at Warrenpoint, Co Down.

The cargo on board Arklow Meadow had become wet and unstable. The gas is aluminium phosphide, a pesticide used to kill small mammals such as moles and rodents.

Gardaí have been informed of the potential of the chemical compound to drift into Co Louth. It is understood they are going house-to-house in the Omeath area advising householders to stay indoors and close all windows. For more on this story, reports. adds that the 2010 South Korean built vessel is owned by Arklow Shipping Ltd and is one of a five 'M' class series.These vessels each have a total grain capacity of 18,110m3 as previously reported, including the Arklow Manor which last month was dry-docked in Dublin Port.

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#PORTS & SHIPPING – Arklow Shipping is further expanding its bulker fleet and moving into the market for larger vessels with an order for three ships in South Korea, according to Tradewinds.

The company which is headquartered in the Co. Wicklow port has booked two 35,000-dwt handysize-bulkers and a general cargoship at Daesun Shipbuilding. TradeWinds sources say Arklow is paying a premium for the ships against more competitive pricing from China.

Brokers price the Daesun bulkers at around $25.5m, which compares to similar deals in China at around $22m. As for the general cargoship, she will be delivered in the first half of 2013 and the bulkers in the second half of the year. Arklow previously signed up for a series of 14,000-dwt multipurpose (MPP) vessels at Mokpo, which later went into administration.

The orders were then passed on to Sekwang Shipbuilding only for it also to fall into financial difficulties. Daesun has had its problems too and was delisted from the Seoul Stock Exchange in April as it did not meet the bourse's financial requirements.

The latest order appears to have taken Arklow's owned fleet into the larger-handysize segment. So far it has focussed mainly on bulkers, general-cargo and MPP ships up to 14,000 dwt. It has a fleet of 55 ships including 12 newbuildings, most of which are registered in the Republic of Ireland. Arklow declines to comment on the Daesun order.

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For nearly a week the cargo-ship Arklow Future has been berthed at the lead-in jetty to the only dry-dock facility in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore.
She is one of the 9 'F' –class series within a fleet of 32 vessels managed by the Arklow Shipping Ltd (ASL). The Co. Wicklow based company has its Irish headquarters on the banks of the River Avoca in addition to its Dutch operation Arklow Shipping B.V. (ASN) which manages a further 10 vessels. The majority of this smaller fleet fly the of The Netherlands.

This month ASN are due delivery of the 4,700 gross tonnes Arklow Bridge, the second 'B' class newbuild was also built by the Dutch company of Bodewes Shipyards B.V. She is the fifth vessel to carry this name since Arklow Shipping was founded in 1966.

The Arklow Bridge is registered in St. John's the capital of the Caribbean island of Antigua where she will be flagged. Antigua became an associated state of the Commonwealth until it was disassociated from Britain 30 years ago.

Her sister Arklow Brook entered service this year and is designed with two holds with a total (grain and bale) capacity of 9473.1m3 or an equivalent of 33,4524 ft3.

For cargo-separation the holds can be sub-divided by a portable bulkhead in up to 8 positions. In addition to carrying agricultural-based cargoes, the 116m (OA) overall long vessel can handle 177 (TEU) containers in the hold and another 88 can be stowed on top of the hold's hatch covers. Both the holds are fitted with dehumidifier's.

The power-plant is derived from a MaK 6M32C 2999kW main engine with a Renk gearbox and Berg controllable pitch propeller that provides around 12 knots.

With the entry of Arklow Bridge, the combined fleet is over 40 ships that trade in the north-west of Europe and the Mediterranean. For further vessel statistics of the sisters click here and for a photo of the new vessel click this link.

Asides the Rotterdam based operation of ASN, the Irish side of the company is the largest indigenous owned shipping company in terms of Irish-flagged and registered tonnage. Arklow is not only the headquarter's of ASL but the homeport is also where the vessels are registered.

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Ireland's Commercial Fishing 

The Irish Commercial Fishing Industry employs around 11,000 people in fishing, processing and ancillary services such as sales and marketing. The industry is worth about €1.22 billion annually to the Irish economy. Irish fisheries products are exported all over the world as far as Africa, Japan and China.


Over 16,000 people are employed directly or indirectly around the coast, working on over 2,000 registered fishing vessels, in over 160 seafood processing businesses and in 278 aquaculture production units, according to the State's sea fisheries development body Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM).

All activities that are concerned with growing, catching, processing or transporting fish are part of the commercial fishing industry, the development of which is overseen by BIM. Recreational fishing, as in angling at sea or inland, is the responsibility of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The Irish fishing industry is valued at 1.22 billion euro in gross domestic product (GDP), according to 2019 figures issued by BIM. Only 179 of Ireland's 2,000 vessels are over 18 metres in length. Where does Irish commercially caught fish come from? Irish fish and shellfish is caught or cultivated within the 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but Irish fishing grounds are part of the common EU "blue" pond. Commercial fishing is regulated under the terms of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), initiated in 1983 and with ten-yearly reviews.

The total value of seafood landed into Irish ports was 424 million euro in 2019, according to BIM. High value landings identified in 2019 were haddock, hake, monkfish and megrim. Irish vessels also land into foreign ports, while non-Irish vessels land into Irish ports, principally Castletownbere, Co Cork, and Killybegs, Co Donegal.

There are a number of different methods for catching fish, with technological advances meaning skippers have detailed real time information at their disposal. Fisheries are classified as inshore, midwater, pelagic or deep water. Inshore targets species close to shore and in depths of up to 200 metres, and may include trawling and gillnetting and long-lining. Trawling is regarded as "active", while "passive" or less environmentally harmful fishing methods include use of gill nets, long lines, traps and pots. Pelagic fisheries focus on species which swim close to the surface and up to depths of 200 metres, including migratory mackerel, and tuna, and methods for catching include pair trawling, purse seining, trolling and longlining. Midwater fisheries target species at depths of around 200 metres, using trawling, longlining and jigging. Deepwater fisheries mainly use trawling for species which are found at depths of over 600 metres.

There are several segments for different catching methods in the registered Irish fleet – the largest segment being polyvalent or multi-purpose vessels using several types of gear which may be active and passive. The polyvalent segment ranges from small inshore vessels engaged in netting and potting to medium and larger vessels targeting whitefish, pelagic (herring, mackerel, horse mackerel and blue whiting) species and bivalve molluscs. The refrigerated seawater (RSW) pelagic segment is engaged mainly in fishing for herring, mackerel, horse mackerel and blue whiting only. The beam trawling segment focuses on flatfish such as sole and plaice. The aquaculture segment is exclusively for managing, developing and servicing fish farming areas and can collect spat from wild mussel stocks.

The top 20 species landed by value in 2019 were mackerel (78 million euro); Dublin Bay prawn (59 million euro); horse mackerel (17 million euro); monkfish (17 million euro); brown crab (16 million euro); hake (11 million euro); blue whiting (10 million euro); megrim (10 million euro); haddock (9 million euro); tuna (7 million euro); scallop (6 million euro); whelk (5 million euro); whiting (4 million euro); sprat (3 million euro); herring (3 million euro); lobster (2 million euro); turbot (2 million euro); cod (2 million euro); boarfish (2 million euro).

Ireland has approximately 220 million acres of marine territory, rich in marine biodiversity. A marine biodiversity scheme under Ireland's operational programme, which is co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Government, aims to reduce the impact of fisheries and aquaculture on the marine environment, including avoidance and reduction of unwanted catch.

EU fisheries ministers hold an annual pre-Christmas council in Brussels to decide on total allowable catches and quotas for the following year. This is based on advice from scientific bodies such as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. In Ireland's case, the State's Marine Institute publishes an annual "stock book" which provides the most up to date stock status and scientific advice on over 60 fish stocks exploited by the Irish fleet. Total allowable catches are supplemented by various technical measures to control effort, such as the size of net mesh for various species.

The west Cork harbour of Castletownbere is Ireland's biggest whitefish port. Killybegs, Co Donegal is the most important port for pelagic (herring, mackerel, blue whiting) landings. Fish are also landed into Dingle, Co Kerry, Rossaveal, Co Galway, Howth, Co Dublin and Dunmore East, Co Waterford, Union Hall, Co Cork, Greencastle, Co Donegal, and Clogherhead, Co Louth. The busiest Northern Irish ports are Portavogie, Ardglass and Kilkeel, Co Down.

Yes, EU quotas are allocated to other fleets within the Irish EEZ, and Ireland has long been a transhipment point for fish caught by the Spanish whitefish fleet in particular. Dingle, Co Kerry has seen an increase in foreign landings, as has Castletownbere. The west Cork port recorded foreign landings of 36 million euro or 48 per cent in 2019, and has long been nicknamed the "peseta" port, due to the presence of Spanish-owned transhipment plant, Eiranova, on Dinish island.

Most fish and shellfish caught or cultivated in Irish waters is for the export market, and this was hit hard from the early stages of this year's Covid-19 pandemic. The EU, Asia and Britain are the main export markets, while the middle Eastern market is also developing and the African market has seen a fall in value and volume, according to figures for 2019 issued by BIM.

Fish was once a penitential food, eaten for religious reasons every Friday. BIM has worked hard over several decades to develop its appeal. Ireland is not like Spain – our land is too good to transform us into a nation of fish eaters, but the obvious health benefits are seeing a growth in demand. Seafood retail sales rose by one per cent in 2019 to 300 million euro. Salmon and cod remain the most popular species, while BIM reports an increase in sales of haddock, trout and the pangasius or freshwater catfish which is cultivated primarily in Vietnam and Cambodia and imported by supermarkets here.

The EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), initiated in 1983, pooled marine resources – with Ireland having some of the richest grounds and one of the largest sea areas at the time, but only receiving four per cent of allocated catch by a quota system. A system known as the "Hague Preferences" did recognise the need to safeguard the particular needs of regions where local populations are especially dependent on fisheries and related activities. The State's Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, based in Clonakilty, Co Cork, works with the Naval Service on administering the EU CFP. The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Department of Transport regulate licensing and training requirements, while the Marine Survey Office is responsible for the implementation of all national and international legislation in relation to safety of shipping and the prevention of pollution.

Yes, a range of certificates of competency are required for skippers and crew. Training is the remit of BIM, which runs two national fisheries colleges at Greencastle, Co Donegal and Castletownbere, Co Cork. There have been calls for the colleges to be incorporated into the third-level structure of education, with qualifications recognised as such.

Safety is always an issue, in spite of technological improvements, as fishing is a hazardous occupation and climate change is having its impact on the severity of storms at sea. Fishing skippers and crews are required to hold a number of certificates of competency, including safety and navigation, and wearing of personal flotation devices is a legal requirement. Accidents come under the remit of the Marine Casualty Investigation Board, and the Health and Safety Authority. The MCIB does not find fault or blame, but will make recommendations to the Minister for Transport to avoid a recurrence of incidents.

Fish are part of a marine ecosystem and an integral part of the marine food web. Changing climate is having a negative impact on the health of the oceans, and there have been more frequent reports of warmer water species being caught further and further north in Irish waters.

Brexit, Covid 19, EU policies and safety – Britain is a key market for Irish seafood, and 38 per cent of the Irish catch is taken from the waters around its coast. Ireland's top two species – mackerel and prawns - are 60 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively, dependent on British waters. Also, there are serious fears within the Irish industry about the impact of EU vessels, should they be expelled from British waters, opting to focus even more efforts on Ireland's rich marine resource. Covid-19 has forced closure of international seafood markets, with high value fish sold to restaurants taking a large hit. A temporary tie-up support scheme for whitefish vessels introduced for the summer of 2020 was condemned by industry organisations as "designed to fail".

Sources: Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Marine Institute, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Department of Transport © Afloat 2020

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