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Newest of Arklow’s Dutch Short-Sea Trader's Calls to Ports on Both Sides of the Irish Sea

12th September 2023
Newest in the fleet, as Arklow Glen is laden with cargo when making a first call to the Port of Workington, the Irish Sea port in north-west England.  Today, the short-sea trader is at Dublin Port and is next bound for London to a berth at Northfleet, downriver of the UK capital.
Newest in the fleet, as Arklow Glen is laden with cargo when making a first call to the Port of Workington, the Irish Sea port in north-west England. Today, the short-sea trader is at Dublin Port and is next bound for London to a berth at Northfleet, downriver of the UK capital. Credit: Port of Workington-facebook

The newest dry-bulk cargoship of the fleet of Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V.,the Arklow Glen was observed arriving in Dublin Bay yesterday having picked up a pilot off the Baily Lighthouse, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Registered in Rotterdam, the Dutch flagged newbuild is the second of five G series 5,120 deadweight tonnes (dwt) dry-bulk cargoships which was launched on 16th June this year from Ferus Smit’s shipyard near Groningen.

Arklow Glen which was in ballast to Dublin Port had sailed overnight from the Port of Workington in Cumbria where the 87m newbuild had previously discharged cargo after arriving a week ago (5th September). The day marked the merchant ship's first call to the north-west English port. 

In March, Afloat also reported the call of Arklow Villa which had discharged a cargo of powdered cement from Portuguese suppliers in a contract with Arklow Shipping to import the product to the UK port.

On an annual basis the Port of Workington handles up to 500,000 tonnes from among cargoes are dry-bulk, break-bulk, (forest products) trades, liquid bulk, to energy, project cargo and containers.

The Arklow Glen has a 1,600 kW MaK engine that propelled the vessel across the Irish Sea on a passage of around 12 hours. Currently, the newbuild is at a berth at Dublin's Alexandra Basin, next to the grain loading facility. The 2,999 gross tonnage vessel has a maximized hold volume of 220.000 cft and a carrying capacity over 5000 deadweight tons using a single hold.

The singledeck, box hold Arklow Glen can carry project cargoes such as grain, generals and bulk commodities including those classified under International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ship.

The Offices of the IMO Secretariat has its headquarters on the banks of the Thames, at the Albert Embankment in central London and downriver on the Thames estuary, opposite of Tilbury Docks is Northfleet. This is where Arklow Gem is due next to make a port of call with an arrival this Friday, the concluding day of the prestigious London International Shipping Week (LISW).

As Afloat reported last week, the Port of London Authority ‘Shipping Movements’ located the Arklow Raider to Northfleet at a berth at Bevans Wharf. The 2007 built cargo ship, is one of just a trio of remaining R series (originally 16) in service for ASL following their recent disposal of Arklow Rainbow to Norwegian ship-owners.

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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.