Wind of Change
The 1960’s saw a new dawn in the Irish
Shipping Industry. One by one the few remaining auxiliary schooners
were replaced by more modern craft. The age of sail had finally
come to an end and in some quarters it was felt that the whole approach
to shipping needed to be overhauled. With this in mind Captains
James Tyrrell, Michael Tyrrell and Victor Hall formed an umbrella
company under which to operate their seven ships. The age of single
ship companies was past. Working in cooperation with each other
gave a strengthened position in the market place and reduced overheads
and thus in 1966 Arklow Shipping Limited came into existence
The original seven ships in the fleet were:
Tyrronall 244grt, Murell 319grt, Marizell 418grt, Valzell 576grt,
Kilbride 321grt, River Avoca 384grt and Avondale 303grt.
Over the next 48 years Arklow Shipping has bought,
sold and built ships. Like all companies in the shipping business
it hasn’t always been easy sailing but because of the steady
expansion scheme the company has been able to meet market demand.
The fleet currently stands at 41 ships with a combined carrying
capacity of some 6 million tonnes annually.