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Arklow's Autumn Arrivals

18th September 2010
Arklow's Autumn Arrivals

Arklow Shipping Ltd (ASL) await the delivery of the 2,998 gross tonnes newbuild, Arklow Fern, this month from Spanish shipbuilders Astilleros de Murueta SA, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Astilleros has built all previous 'F' class newbuilds with Arklow Fern forming as the eighth vessel for the Co. Wicklow based shipping company. At 89m the newbuild has a single-box hold with two portable bulkheads that can be placed into 10 positions for cargo separation. The power plant is a MAN 6L27/38 2040kW gearbox and through to a controllable pitch propeller,delivering about 11.5 knots.

In addition ASL are to introduce during the Autumn the newbuild Arklow Meadow after a delivery voyage from the Far East. At 14,000 tonnes, Arklow Meadow represents the fourth in a series of six 'M' class newbuilds ordered from the Mokpo Shipyard Corporation in South Korea.

The 'M'-class newbuilds have four-holds with a total grain capacity of 18,110 cubic square-metres.The main engine plant is a MaK 6M 43C which
has a 5,400KW capacity through a Jake reduction gear-box fitted to a Rolls Royce controllable pitch propeller producing around 14 knots.

With the entry of these two newbuilds, the fleet rises to 41 vessels. The fleet are divided into two management companies, one based at the shipping operators headquarters in Arklow and the other is controlled through a Dutch subsidiary, Arklow Shipping Netherlands (ASN) B.V. based in Rotterdam.

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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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