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Final Shipyard Act as Arklow 'A' List Series Newbuild Delivered to Irish Shipowners

26th June 2021
The straight-stemmed bow of the new Irish flagged Arklow Artist, the final 'A' class series is seen departing from a Dutch shipyard on the Ems Canal, has been delivered to Arklow Shipping. AFLOAT tracked the newbuild currently berthed in the North Sea port of Emshaven at the Julianahaven basin before it embarks trading in typical 'bread & butter' cargoes such as corn and wheat. The straight-stemmed bow of the new Irish flagged Arklow Artist, the final 'A' class series is seen departing from a Dutch shipyard on the Ems Canal, has been delivered to Arklow Shipping. AFLOAT tracked the newbuild currently berthed in the North Sea port of Emshaven at the Julianahaven basin before it embarks trading in typical 'bread & butter' cargoes such as corn and wheat. Credit: FerusSmit Shipyard-Instagram

A new cargoship Arklow Artist, the sixth and final of the 'A' class series built at a shipyard in The Netherlands was recently delivered to Co. Wicklow shipowners, writes Jehan Ashmore.

As the video shows the bulk-orientated general cargsoship's transit along the River Ems canal from the inland yard at Westerbroek to Delfzijl.

It was in the nearby north-east Dutch port of Emshaven on the North Sea where shipyard Ferus Smit handed over the Irish flagged newbuild to Arklow Shipping Ltd.

This latest ship series using the nomenclature prefix of 'A' for ASL all began with leadship Arklow Abbey launched in 2019. Whereas a trio of the series named Arklow Accord, Ace and Archer were delivered last year. Leaving the penultimate newbuild, Arklow Arrow launched in December but did not enter service until earlier this year.

Aided by tugs stern and aft, the 8,543 (dwat) Arklow Artist made the transit from the shipyard to Delfzijl, the base for sea trials that took place in the southern North Sea.

The video also depicts a typical Dutch setting of a commercial canal barge passing Arklow Artist against the backdrop of an agricultural scene of a farmstead in the lowlands nation.

At the end of the footage, as Arklow Artist approaches the canal which splits into two, the newbuild veers into the canal on the right so to enter Delfzijl with its background of wind turbines dominating the horizon.

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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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