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#NewbuildTanker- Ardmore Shipping Corporation this week have announced that its latest newbuild Ardmore Seafox, was delivered by SPP Shipbuilding Co Ltd.

The Sacheon shipyard in South Korea handed over the 49,999dwt product and chemical newbuild on 25th June 2015.
Ardmore Seafox increases the number of Ardmore vessels on the water to twenty with a total tonnage of 819,519 DWT.

She follows Ardmore Sealion which was also delivered bySPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd but at their Goseong shipyard in Korea.

Technical management of the Ardmore Seafox will be provided by Univan Ship Management Ltd.

Commenting on her delivery, Mark Cameron, Ardmore Shipping's COO, said: "We are pleased to take delivery of this sister ship to the Ardmore Sealion and we extend our thanks to SPP Shipbuilding for their hard work and dedication throughout the build process. The addition of the Ardmore Seafox realises our continued commitment to incorporating high quality, modern and efficient vessels to our fleet.

As with the Ardmore Sealion, the Ardmore Seafox is a high quality eco-design Ardmore vessel, fully equipped with a variety of fuel-saving measures including Skysails technology and offering the highest standards of performance for our customers. With an average age of under four and a half years, the Ardmore fleet is among the youngest in the industry.

This is the second of four newbuild vessels to be delivered from SPP Shipbuilding this year and we look forward to continuing to work closely with SPP Shipbuilding on the remaining two vessels in the series due for delivery in the second half of this year. We wish the Ardmore Seafox and her crew safe seas and fair winds as she goes on to fulfill her long and successful service within the Ardmore fleet."

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#TankerNewbuild- Newbuild oil products tanker, Kestral Fisher docked in Dublin Port today, she is the second of a pair of 7,072dwt vessels operated by James Fisher Everard of Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, writes Jehan Ashmore.

In June she entered service and her call to Dublin today sees her alongside No.1 Oil Berth, one of our such berths. It is understood she arrived from a Norwegian oil refinery at Slagen on the Oslofjord.

Likewise, her elder sister King Fisher (See Photo) as previously reported in March, are of the '8000' design launched from Damen Shipyards facility in Galati, Romania. They were outfitted in the Dutch group's Bergum yard in Harlingen.

Kestral Fisher was christened by Michelle Hartnup and was delivered to Dutch owners De Opfeart Beheer. Likewise she too is operated on an open management basis by James Fisher Everard.

Each of the 104m double-hulled 8,363m³ newbuilds have 10 epoxy coated-tanks. This will enable the newbuilds to carry gasoline, diesel oil, lubrication oil and jet fuels to ports and oil refineries throughout Ireland, the UK and north-western Europe.

They have accommodation for captain and ten-crew, plus a guest cabin, all of which are single and en-suite.


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#TankerNewbuild- A newbuild oil products tanker, King Fisher departed Dublin Port this morning, she is a 7,072dwt vessel operated by James Fisher Everard of Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The double-hulled 8,363m³ (10 epoxy coated-tanks) is of the '8000' design and her sister, Kestral Fisher, were outfitted by Damen Shipyards Bergum yard in Harlingen and handed over in June. Both the 104m x 17m newbuild hulls were built by Damen Shipyards facility in Galati, Romania.

Likewise this Romanian shipyard built the hull for the ILV Granuaile, the aids to navigation tender that was towed to The Netherlands for outfitting before entered service in 2000 for the Commissioners of Irish Lights.

In a two-ship order deal, Kestral Fisher which was delivered to Dutch owners De Opfeart Beheer, will too be operated on an open management basis by James Fisher Everard. As a direct reference to the newbuilds trade, the pair's sponsors who both work for the oil industry, were Petra Gaensbacher who christened the King Fisher and Michelle Hartnup for the Kestrel Fisher.

The Dutch-flagged newbuilds will carry gasoline, diesel oil, lubrication oil and jet fuels to ports and oil refineries throughout Ireland, the UK and north-western Europe. They have accommodation for captain and ten-crew, plus a guest cabin, all of which are single and en-suite.

James Fisher Everard tankers are frequent callers to Dublin Port, among them Cumbrian Fisher which was christened at the port in 2006.

As previously reported, on, she undertook lifeboat-practice drill exercises off Dalkey Island in 2011. A running mate, Galway Fisher appropriately calls to her namesake port and frequently to the Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour.

Unlike the open management of the King Fisher and Kestral Fisher, the company previously had another pair of tankers also built by Damen Shipyards Bergum, the Shannon Fisher and Solway Fisher. The fleet of the company range from 3,000 to 14,000 tons.


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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.


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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