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Globe Launched for Arklow's Dutch Fleet as Third of Five Cargo Ships

16th October 2023
Newbuild Arklow Globe on the stocks prior to launch with on right amidships section of the next of the same series of cargo ships awaiting to be joined together
Newbuild Arklow Globe on the stocks prior to launch with on right amidships section of the next of the same series of cargo ships awaiting to be joined together Credit: ShipyardFerusSmit-facebook

The latest launch of a newbuild for Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. represents the third in a series of five cargo ships ordered by the shipowner, writes Jehan Ashmore.

With a shipyard newbuilding number of 456, the Arklow Globe was successfully launched last Friday morning from Ferus Smit at their shipyard in Westerbroek. At the stern, Rotterdam is the registered port along with the Dutch flag above while the ASL houseflag and that of the shipbuilder fluttered at the foremast in windy conditions.  

Relative to the weather, the public with umbrellas stood on the canal bank opposite of the shipyard in anticipation of the launch. Also awaiting were two tugs, fore and aft of the newbuild ready to take the strain from the mooring ropes after the cargo ship entered the water.

Arklow Globe has a maximized hold volume of 220.000 cft and a carrying capacity of 5,150 deadweight tons. Cargo is contained in single hold within a hull of around 84m length overall (LOA).

As for propulsion, power is from a 1600 kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller from where a 10 knot speed is delivered. For manoeuvres within confined areas and berthing is where an electric bowthruster of 275kW will assist.

The newbuild follows in the wake of leadship, Arklow Gem launched in April whereas the second ship, Arklow Glen made a debut just two months later with a launch taking place on Bloomsday.

The inland shipyard near Groningen is where Arklow Globe was launched in close proximity to the next of the same series, as amidships sections lay on the quayside.

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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.