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#VoyageVideo - Arklow Bay, the second of six 'B' class cargoships with 'green' design credentials built for Arklow Shipping's Dutch subsidiary, is captured on video as she makes a spectacular passage through the stunning Norwegian fjords, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The speeded-up video footage courtesy of Chief Officer Lopatin, was taken last July from the Arklow Bay's bridge overlooking most her 119.49m hull. In fact the footage is made from thousands of photos made every 5-10 seconds and then combined into the film that follows her navigation through this stretch of Norway's vast rugged and mountainous coastline.

Channels dotted with islands are crossed by suspension bridges, inland lighthouses are trapped in fjords before the 'Bay' has finally reached her place of destination deep in the Nordic interior.

According to Lopatin, the 'Bay' berthed in Eikefet, to the north-east of Bergen, from where she made an en-route bunkering call albeit not shown on the video. With the ship berthed alongside the plant's jetty, watch the crew at work and as the deck gantry machinery opens the cargo hatch covers.

A conveyor-belt then gets into action to discharge stones that involves an overnight operation as the commercial world of shipping waits does not wait for anyone. In doing so, note the ship is shifted along the quayside pontoon in order to complete the loading into the separate holds from the fixed position of the conveyor.

Cargo holds filled, the Arklow Bay's work is done and she edges away from Eikefet at the foot of the mountain's cliff-face lined above with Alpine trees. Next port bound is Emden, Germany.

As she swings off the berth, another cargoship awaits to dock at the facility. Having 'ship-spotted' for many years, I recognised the vessel to be from the Bergen-based Wilson Fleet Management, a competitor of ASL that trades in the waters of north-western Europe.

To maintain market demand and ASL's track record of a running a modern 45-strong fleet of dry-cargoships, the 8,860 total deadweight Arklow Bay along with the final sixth sister (under construction) was contracted to Ferus Smit's Dutch yard.

The sleek streamlined 'bulb-less' hulled vessels will provide efficient cargo capabilities while on passage in varying sea-states compared to previous tonnage all since sold.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Arklow Bay, gave us another video spectacular!.... her sideways launch in Westerbroek in the 'lowlands' country.

Only months later, she would be operating in completely different surroundings with the backdrop of Scandinavian jaw-dropping peaks.

So this begs the question having also called to Dublin Port last October, where is the 'Bay' now?

Published in Ports & Shipping

#GreenNewbuild - Arklow Bay which was launched in March and now in service docked in Dublin Port today having sailed from Bordeaux on Monday, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 119m long general cargoship which features green credential notably a 'bulb-less' bow which is to optimise effiencies. She is one of six  'B' class 4,800dwt newbuilds which Arklow Shipping have contracted to Ferus Smit B.V. in The Netherlands.

Her sideways or in shipping parlance amidships entry into the water took place at the shipbuilding facility in Westerbroek from where leadship Arklow Bank was launched in January.

It is understood that Arklow Bay berthed at the dry bulk-facility in Alexandra Basin and adjacent to her is fleetmate Arklow Ruler moored at the Boliden Tara Mines terminal jetty. Once loading of zinc-ore deposits is completed she is to head for the Norwegian smelting works at Odda.

Earlier today a third vessel belonging to ASL's Irish and Dutch flagged fleet totalling some 45 vessels included that of another 'R' class, Arklow Rally which this afternoon is bound for Moerdijk.

 

Published in Ports & Shipping

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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