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Working with Cement as V-Class Vessel Arklow Villa Imports Cargo on Portugal-UK Contract Service

6th March 2023
Monday, the beginning of the working week, however Arklow Villa was on duty overnight having sailed from the Port of Workington to arrive this morning in Dublin Port. It was at the Irish Sea port of Workington in Cumbria, England, where powdered cement was discharged following a voyage from Portugal. Above the 2018 built general-cargoship is seen on the occasion of its naming ceremony in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
Monday, the beginning of the working week, however Arklow Villa was on duty overnight having sailed from the Port of Workington to arrive this morning in Dublin Port. It was at the Irish Sea port of Workington in Cumbria, England, where powdered cement was discharged following a voyage from Portugal. Above the 2018 built general-cargoship is seen on the occasion of its naming ceremony in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. Credit: Royal Bodewes-twitter

Arklow Villa is among the short-sea trading vessels of Arklow Shipping that operate a contract for the Portuguese suppliers to import powdered cement from Lisbon to Workington in the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The contract involves monthly deliveries of the cargo by ASL vessels and Afloat tracked the 5,170dwt Arklow Villa as the latest caller to the Irish Sea port in north-west England.

It was on Friday when Arklow Villa arrived to the Port of Workington, having spent the previous day at anchorage and also following a five-day passage from the Iberian port. These cargoes, take approximately three days to discharge in the port which involves using pneumatic pumping equipment.

Located on the Solway Firth in north-west England, Workington is a municipal port that handles up to 500,000 tonnes of cargo annually. Among the cargoes to the port are in the dry bulk, liquid bulk and break-bulk (forest products) trades, to energy, project cargo and container sectors.

The statutory harbour authority for the port is Cumbria County Council which is responsible for marine safety and conservancy at the port from where last night the Dutch flagged Arkow Villa departed to across the Irish Sea and arrive to Dublin Port this morning.

The cargoship is berthed at the Boliden Tara Mines (zinc-lead concentrates) loading facility within Alexandra Basin.

Arklow Villa has been in service for almost five years having been named in July 2018. The ceremony took place in Delfzijl, where the 86m long hulled cargoship was close to the Ems Estuary, shares the border with neighbouring Germany.

The shipyard that built Arklow Villa, Royal Bodewes at their inland yard in Hoogezand also in the Netherlands built the class to their in-house design of 5,170dwt Eco-Traders class. Otherwise, these ships are also known as the V-class with the leadship Arklow Vale built in 2015.

As with all the Eco-Traders, each of 2,999 gross tonnage, after launching and fitting out was completed, led to tugs that would tow the newbuilds from Hoogezand on the canal network to Delfzijl.

From here they entered the Ems estuary and proceeded to the nearby port of Emshaven where the V-class used as a base for sea trials.

All of the Eco-Traders are part of ASL's Dutch division, Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. and where these ships have Rotterdam as the port of registry.

Jehan Ashmore

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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.