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#NewBuilds - A newbuild for an Irish shipping company was launched today from the same Dutch yard that delivered another vessel recently to Norwegian interests, writes Jehan Ashmore.

M.V. Arklow Cadet is not only the first of 10 in a new 'C' class series for Arklow Shipping Ltd but also the first to carry that name when she was launched this morning from Ferus Smit's Dutch yard. The 5,000 deadweight tons newbuild with yard no. 424 took to the waters at Westerbroek near Groningen.

In recent years the steady stream of ships built at this yard along with Royal Bodewes (which is located only a few kms away) have all been completed for ASL's division, Arklow Shipping Nederland B..V. On this occasion, Arklow Cadet a single hold (222.000cft) cargoship will be directly operated by Irish headquartered ASL and registered in the homeport of Arklow.

Arklow Cadet is under the 3000 gross tons limit and has a 1A ice-class notation. Propuslion is from a 1740 kW MaK engine with a single ducted propeller.

The other newbuild, M.V. Ireland launched in April as previously reported on Afloat.ie was delivered as yard Nb. 435. This second LNG powered cement tanker joins joint venture owners, JT cement, in which Erik Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway. 
 
The delivery according to Ferus Smit was preceded by an extensive programme of trials and tests in which the proper working and safety of all systems was verified. Once completed, M.V. Ireland departed Delfzijl in the north-east of the country on her inaugural commercial voyage.
 
M.V. Ireland and leadship sister, M.V. Iceland are the first ever dry cargo vessels with an LNG fuelled propulsion system and LNG tanks integrated inside the hull.
 
Their unique design incorporates a pressurised LNG tank positioned in the foreship. While sailing on LNG, these vessels will meet the most stringent emission criteria, as well as new norms that might be in place in futures for environmental sensitive areas.
 
The cement cargo system consists of a fully automated cement loading and unloading system, based on fluidization of cement by means of compressed air. The cement can be loaded and unloaded fully enclosed through pipes, thus dust-free.
 
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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