Arklow Shipping's newest vessel, Arklow Vale begins career with maiden voyage
Arklow Vale, the newest addition to Arklow Shipping's Dutch division has been handed over to her owners following builders sea trials. The newbuild departed Delfzijl, Holland on her maiden voyage to the inland port of Ghent in Belgium.
The Arklow Vale is the second of 10 newbuild 'V' class cargoships on order from Royal Bodewes yard in the Netherlands and joins the Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. fleet. The newbuild follows the lead ship Arklow View to a design of the Bodewes 5,100dwt Trader Series, each vessel has a total hold capacity of 6258m3 / 221,000ft3.
The Arklow Vale which is 89m in length overall and 5158 dwt completed her sea trials off Eemshaven on the Wadden Sea. In order for sea trials to take place the Arklow Vale was towed from the the inland building yard of Royal Bodewes in Hoogezand outside Groningen and along connecting canals to Delfzijl. From there the Rotterdam registered newbuild entered the River Eems estuary on the Dutch-German border.
The distinctive bow of Arklow Vale is by Groot Ship Design where a straight-stem bow form slices the waves coupled by an upper slope to deflect wave resistance, the design is to reduce on energy costs. A main engine consisting of a MaK 6M25 1740 kW with Siemens Gearbox and Berg controllable pitch propeller provides a speed of around 14.5 knots. The addition of the Arklow Vale brings Arklow Shipping total fleet listing to 45 vessels.
To see the launch of the Arklow Vale, click on this link.
Source: www.afloat.ie November 2015