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Arklow C-Class Cargoship Launched During Dull Skies Yet 'Cloud' Rises Fleet to Almost 60 Ships

17th December 2021
Arklow Cloud during an earlier phase of modular block construction as can be seen the upper superstructure /deckhouse's positioning at Ferus Smit's shipyard in the Netherlands, from where today the newbuild presented a spectular amidships launch into the ‘Winschoterdiep’ canal. See link below for video. Arklow Cloud during an earlier phase of modular block construction as can be seen the upper superstructure /deckhouse's positioning at Ferus Smit's shipyard in the Netherlands, from where today the newbuild presented a spectular amidships launch into the ‘Winschoterdiep’ canal. See link below for video. Credit: FerusSmit-Instagram

Despite dull skies, a spectacular launch took place at a Dutch shipyard this morning of Arklow Shipping's latest newbuild which increases the fleet total to 58 cargoships, writes Jehan Ashmore

The single-hold newbuild Arklow Cloud, a name used for the first time by the Co. Wicklow shipowners, took to the waters with a splash. Such a sight is routine at Ferus Smit's Westerbroek shipyard, yet is always a sight to behold.

Albeit the launch due to pandemic was executed without ceremony and nor open to the public, however spectators could observe the event from the opposite side of the ‘Winschoterdiep’ canal.

As routine at this side of the canal (in the province Groningen) the road is closed off to traffic and pedestrians as the wash from the ship spills over the roadside and runs off down an embankment.

With a yard newbuild number of NB 430, Arklow Cloud also represents the seventh so far in a series of 10 ships of the 'C' class general cargoships built an the inland yard and to a new design ordered for ASL. The combined fleet including Dutch-flagged tonnage as alludded is just shy of sixty ships operating mostly in Europe but also several bulkers trading globally in deep seas. 

Arklow Cloud has a maximized hold volume of 220.000 cft and a carrying capacity over 5,000 deadweight tons (dwt) yet it still falls under the 3,000 gross tons limit. The ship's single hold within a hull of almost 88m is specified to an 1A ice-class notation.

A bulbless bow design provides for a superior performance when operating between various loading drafts and wave-height conditions

Among the typical cargoes will be the transportation of corn, grain, wheat and other bulk commodities in European waters from where propulsion of the 2,999 grt newbuild will involve a 1,740kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller.

Likewise of the series in service, Arklow Cloud will be Irish flagged and already displays the homeport of Arklow proudly at the stern from where the tug Waterpoort was on station during the amidships launch.

While another red hulled tug attended the ship's bow complete with customary green hull colour associated with Ireland's only large shipowner.

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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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Afloat will be focusing on news and developments of shipyards with newbuilds taking shape on either slipways and building halls.

The common practice of shipbuilding using modular construction, requires several yards make specific block sections that are towed to a single designated yard and joined together to complete the ship before been launched or floated out.

In addition, outfitting quays is where internal work on electrical and passenger facilities is installed (or upgraded if the ship is already in service). This work may involve newbuilds towed to another specialist yard, before the newbuild is completed as a new ship or of the same class, designed from the shipyard 'in-house' or from a naval architect consultancy. Shipyards also carry out repair and maintenance, overhaul, refit, survey, and conversion, for example, the addition or removal of cabins within a superstructure. All this requires ships to enter graving /dry-docks or floating drydocks, to enable access to the entire vessel out of the water.

Asides from shipbuilding, marine engineering projects such as offshore installations take place and others have diversified in the construction of offshore renewable projects, from wind-turbines and related tower structures. When ships are decommissioned and need to be disposed of, some yards have recycling facilities to segregate materials, though other vessels are run ashore, i.e. 'beached' and broken up there on site. The scrapped metal can be sold and made into other items.

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