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Eco-Trader Newbuild for Arklow Shipping Becomes Third of the 6,800dwt Series

8th July 2023
Sliding off the stocks at the shipbuilder of Royal Bodewes is Arklow Rambler, the third Eco-trader of seven newbuilds ordered from the Irish shipowner
Sliding off the stocks at the shipbuilder of Royal Bodewes is Arklow Rambler, the third Eco-trader of seven newbuilds ordered from the Irish shipowner Credit: RoyalBodewes-facebook

Dutch shipbuilder Royal Bodewes has launched an Eco-Trader 6,800 dwat newbuild for Arklow Shipping with the general cargo vessel taking to the water, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Arklow Rambler with a length overall (LOA) of 104.93m was launched yesterday into the Winschoterdiep Canal with the shipyard's routine transverse launch off the stocks. In attendence were two tugs to handle the mooring lines fore and aft of the newbuilding having entered the confines of the waterway. 

The Rambler represents the third of the 6,800 deadweight ton dry-bulk cargoships for the Co. Wicklow shipowner which placed an order with Royal Bodewes for seven such ships.

The shipbuilder with more than 100 workers is located in Hoogezand which lies to the east of the city of Groningen.

Leadship Eco-Trader, Arklow Racer was delivered to ASL in February when Afloat tracked an early voyage to Spain. As for the second of the series completed, Arklow Rally made its maiden commercial voyage recently across the North Sea.

The Eco-Traders have two cargo-holds where separation involves two portable bulkheads along with pontoon type hatch covers. For added maneuverability in port the 4,125 gross tonnage newbuild is equipped with an electric bow thruster of 300kW.

Arklow Rambler revives the name of a previous cargoship built in 2002 which was registered with Dutch shipping company, Hanno Shipping B.V. In the same year, the operator was renamed Arklow Shipping Nederland N.V. having been purchased in 1999 with management retained. Such operations involving Dutch-flagged cargoships continue in an office located in Hoofdweg, Rotterdam.

The third Eco-Trader however is part of the Arklow Shipping's larger Irish flagged fleet with Arklow as a port of registry and where the shipowner's head office was in recent months relocated from the banks of the Avoca to a new landmark address at North Beach.

The east coast shipowner at its new location can also look forward to the next Eco-Trader as the fourth newbuild will mark the mid-way stage of the seven-ship series. 

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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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.