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Second Splash As ASL Newbuild Takes First 'View' of the World

18th December 2015

#SecondSplash - Arklow View was launched without official ceremony yesterday, despite this the second cargoship represents a significant order for Arklow Shipping as a further eight newbuilds are in the pipeline, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The absence of a traditional ship naming proceeding for yard no. 722 was according to Royal Bodewes to do with not disrupting the busy workload at the yard. It is also understood that the facility at Hoogezand, near Groningen was not open to the public, though outside of the yard on the canal edge excited onlookers clearly enjoyed the visual spectactcle as evident in the footage above.

Arklow View was built to the yard's own design, the Bodewes 5,100dwt Trader Series or 'V' class given the letter is used as the sisters naming theme. She is to join ASL's subsidiary Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. located in Rotterdam.

It is almost three months to the day when leadship, Arklow Vale was launched with a traditional naming ceremony. On that occasion, she was christened with guests in attendence (see video from link above). This was followed with the customary smashing of a bottle on the bow.

On related matters the bow incorporate lines to minimise wave friction and consequently reduce on energy costs. The hull is 89 metres in length and the hold has a total capacity of 6258m3 / 221,000ft3. 

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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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