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Under blue skies this Bloomsday, the launch of an Arklow Shipping cargoship took place at a shipyard in the north-east of The Netherlands , writes Jehan Ashmore.

Near the Dutch city of Groningen the Arklow Glen (yard no. 455) built by Ferus Smit's shipyard in Westerbroek took to the waters of the adjacent canal - the Winschoterdiep.

As routine for the shipyard, the 2,999 gross tonnage newbuild was transversely launched in the Winschoterdiep, however the scene is always an attraction to locals as the public road running parallel to the shipyard is closed off temporarily. This allowing for the water overspill displaced from the ship launch onto the road where the public took in the spectacle! Click here for today's launch.

Arklow Glen is the second in a series of 5 G-class 5120dwt cargoships to be built for ASL's for Dutch subsidiary, Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V.  and as such the newbuild is registered in Rotterdam.

Leadship of the series Arklow Gem which was launched in April has since entered service and this afternoon Afloat tracked the cargoship off Skagen, Jutland in Denmark. The vessel, having departed from Frederikshavn, is bound for Seville in Spain.

Likewise of Arklow Gem, the successive G-class newbuild has a maximized hold volume of 220.000 cft and a carrying capacity over 5000 deadweight tons using a single single hold.

Propulsion is generated by a 1,600 kW MaK engine through a single ducted propeller.

Unlike the 87m Arklow Gem which is a new name used by ASL, the revival of 'Glen' represents the second cargoship to bore the name since the original served the Co. Wicklow shipowners for a decade between 1984-1994. 

The keel of the 65m predecessor however was initially laid as the Tromp for Dutch owners and this 993 gross tonnage cargoship was also built in the Netherlands by Scheepswerf Bijholt B.V. of Foxhol.

In the same year of completion, ASL acquired Tromp and was renamed accordingly.  

Foxhol neighbours Westerbroek and is where both villages are in the municipality of Midden-Groningen.   

So it fitting that these cargoships were launched from shipyards in such close proximity in addition to a shared Dutch-Irish maritime heritage. 

Published in Arklow Shipping

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.