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Arklow Cadet is 'Ireland's' Latest Newbuild (Launch Video)

9th June 2016
The first of 10 in a new 'C' class of 5,000dwt cargoships, Arklow Cadet was launched this morning for ASL. Scroll down the page for video The first of 10 in a new 'C' class of 5,000dwt cargoships, Arklow Cadet was launched this morning for ASL. Scroll down the page for video

#NewBuilds - A newbuild for an Irish shipping company was launched today from the same Dutch yard that delivered another vessel recently to Norwegian interests, writes Jehan Ashmore.

M.V. Arklow Cadet is not only the first of 10 in a new 'C' class series for Arklow Shipping Ltd but also the first to carry that name when she was launched this morning from Ferus Smit's Dutch yard. The 5,000 deadweight tons newbuild with yard no. 424 took to the waters at Westerbroek near Groningen.

In recent years the steady stream of ships built at this yard along with Royal Bodewes (which is located only a few kms away) have all been completed for ASL's division, Arklow Shipping Nederland B..V. On this occasion, Arklow Cadet a single hold (222.000cft) cargoship will be directly operated by Irish headquartered ASL and registered in the homeport of Arklow.

Arklow Cadet is under the 3000 gross tons limit and has a 1A ice-class notation. Propuslion is from a 1740 kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller.

The other newbuild, M.V. Ireland launched in April as previously reported on Afloat.ie was delivered as yard Nb. 435. This second LNG powered cement tanker joins joint venture owners, JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway. 
 
The delivery according to Ferus Smit was preceded by an extensive programme of trials and tests in which the proper working and safety of all systems was verified. Once completed, M.V. Ireland departed Delfzijl in the north-east of the country on her inaugural commercial voyage.
 
M.V. Ireland and leadship sister, M.V. Iceland are the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system and LNG tanks integrated inside the hull.
 
Their unique design incorporates a pressurised LNG tank positioned in the foreship. While sailing on LNG, these vessels will meet the most stringent emission criteria, as well as new norms that might be in place in futures for environmental sensitive areas.
 
The cement cargo system consists of a fully automated cement loading and unloading system, based on fluidization of cement by means of compressed air. The cement can be loaded and unloaded fully enclosed through pipes, thus dust-free.
 
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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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