Launch Finally Takes Place for Arklow Newbuild


On October 31, the Arklow Venus constructed by Dutch yard Royal Bodewes was finally given the customary welcome.

Geared for its maiden voyage:

The vessel was launched at 10:00 am and it slid off the stocks to enter the Winschoterdiep canal. Awaiting were a pair of tugs that already had mooring lines secured aft and fore so to guide the vessel safely away from the slipway to a nearby fit-out berth along the waterway. As routine the occasion in the yard was not open to the public.

New Build specifications:

The vessel ‘Venus’ revives the name of a predecessor but also marks the eight so far of 10 ‘V’ class Eco-Trader 5150 newbuilds. The figure refers to the cargo ship’s deadweight while gross tonnage is measured at 2,999.

The 86m length overall short-sea multipurpose trader has a single hold that can separated for two bulk cargoes. The new ship will join ASL’s Dutch division Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V.

Armed with straight stem bow:

The newbuild is equipped with a revised straight stemmed bow. This design is also to reduce wave resistance and save on fuel consumption adding to greater efficiencies.

A main engine consists of a Mak 6M25C that will deliver a speed of around 12 knots.

As regards crew, each of the 9 seafarers will have their own private cabin with sanitary facilities and air-conditioning.

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Source: Afloat