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Eco-Trader Newbuild for Arklow Shipping Becomes Third of the 6,800dwt Series

8th July 2023
Sliding off the stocks at the shipbuilder of Royal Bodewes is Arklow Rambler, the third Eco-trader of seven newbuilds ordered from the Irish shipowner
Sliding off the stocks at the shipbuilder of Royal Bodewes is Arklow Rambler, the third Eco-trader of seven newbuilds ordered from the Irish shipowner Credit: RoyalBodewes-facebook

Dutch shipbuilder Royal Bodewes has launched an Eco-Trader 6,800 dwat newbuild for Arklow Shipping with the general cargo vessel taking to the water, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Arklow Rambler with a length overall (LOA) of 104.93m was launched yesterday into the Winschoterdiep Canal with the shipyard's routine transverse launch off the stocks. In attendence were two tugs to handle the mooring lines fore and aft of the newbuilding having entered the confines of the waterway. 

The Rambler represents the third of the 6,800 deadweight ton dry-bulk cargoships for the Co. Wicklow shipowner which placed an order with Royal Bodewes for seven such ships.

The shipbuilder with more than 100 workers is located in Hoogezand which lies to the east of the city of Groningen.

Leadship Eco-Trader, Arklow Racer was delivered to ASL in February when Afloat tracked an early voyage to Spain. As for the second of the series completed, Arklow Rally made its maiden commercial voyage recently across the North Sea.

The Eco-Traders have two cargo-holds where separation involves two portable bulkheads along with pontoon type hatch covers. For added maneuverability in port the 4,125 gross tonnage newbuild is equipped with an electric bow thruster of 300kW.

Arklow Rambler revives the name of a previous cargoship built in 2002 which was registered with Dutch shipping company, Hanno Shipping B.V. In the same year, the operator was renamed Arklow Shipping Nederland N.V. having been purchased in 1999 with management retained. Such operations involving Dutch-flagged cargoships continue in an office located in Hoofdweg, Rotterdam.

The third Eco-Trader however is part of the Arklow Shipping's larger Irish flagged fleet with Arklow as a port of registry and where the shipowner's head office was in recent months relocated from the banks of the Avoca to a new landmark address at North Beach.

The east coast shipowner at its new location can also look forward to the next Eco-Trader as the fourth newbuild will mark the mid-way stage of the seven-ship series. 

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.