Friday, 24 October 2008


Following ARKLOW RANGER downriver a couple of hours later was another of the company's ships, ARKLOW VENUS, which unlike her fleetmate had brought a cargo to the Clyde. This was a consignment of salt for use on roads in the forthcoming winter, loaded at Kilroot on Belfast Loch and discharged at Shieldhall. She was seen passing Western Ferries' SOUND OF SANDA off McInroy's Point, as she headed back to Kilroot. ARKLOW VENUS flies the Dutch flag, and was built in 2000 at the Pattje Shipyard at Waterhuizen in the Netherlands. She is 89.75 metres long, has a deadweight of 4,940 tonnes, and was originally named SIDER VENUS, joining the Arklow fleet in 2005.