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Shipping Review: Arklow Vale Has a View, ICG Win Award, Ports Up 12% & Ardmore’s Asian Tanker-Away

28th November 2015

#ShippingReview – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported on the shipping scene as outlined below.

The leadship of the Royal Bodewes built 5,100dwt Trader (V-class) cargoship's, Arklow Vale was handed over to Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. following sea trials off the Dutch coast. The 89m newbuild made her maiden delivery voyage from to Ghent, Belgium.

The Maritime Services Company of the Year went to Irish Continental Group (ICG) container & terminal devisions at the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) Export Industry Awards. The award was sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO).

Shipping volumes in Republic of Ireland ports rose by 12% in Q3 of 2015 when compared to same period in 2014, revealed the iShipIndex published by the IMDO.

Ardmore Shipping Corporation had an Asian double delivery, as two product / chemical tankers were handed over from separate yards. The 49,999dwt Ardmore Chippewa built in South Korea and from Japan, the 25,233dwt Ardmore Seahawk.

The second of the Royal Bodewes built class cargoships, Arklow View (yard no. 722) for Arklow Shipping’s Dutch division (see above), made notable progress at the shipyard as the fore and aft sections were joined to form the hull.

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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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About Arklow Shipping

Arklow Shipping Limited, one of Ireland's leading shipping companies, has marked over 50 years of operation following its establishment in 1966.

The company, which began with a fleet of seven ships, has grown steadily over the years and now boasts a fleet of 59 vessels.

The company was founded by Captains James Tyrrell, Michael Tyrrell, and Victor Hall, who collaborated to create an umbrella company to operate their ships. This move allowed them to reduce overheads and strengthen their position in the market. The original fleet comprised seven ships, namely Tyrronall, Murell, Marizell, Valzell, Kilbride, River Avoca, and Avondale, all of varying sizes.

The shipping industry in Ireland underwent a significant transformation in the 1960s, with the replacement of traditional auxiliary schooners with modern crafts.

Arklow Shipping was at the forefront of this change, and the founders recognized the need for a new approach to shipping in Ireland. They built a company that could adapt to the changing market demands, and this has been a key factor in the company's continued growth.

Over the years, Arklow Shipping has bought, sold, and built ships, facing the challenges and opportunities that come with operating in the shipping industry. Despite these challenges, the company has remained committed to meeting market demand and providing high-quality services to its clients.

Today, Arklow Shipping is a leading player in the shipping industry, with a strong reputation for reliability and professionalism. The company's success story is a testament to the vision and dedication of its founders, who laid the foundation for a company that has stood the test of time.