Arklow Shipping vessels have been running at full capacity recently during their visits to the Manchester Ship Canal, where they are a common sight, bringing grain to Cerestar Wharf and picking up scrap metal for the return journey to Spain. On 1 November the 4,934dwt coaster Arklow Viking delivered 4,000 tonnes of wheat to Cerestar, and after discharge moved the down the canal to Runcorn Salt Works, where she took on another full cargo of 4,000 tonnes of salt destined for Figueira da Foz in Portugal. Owned by Arklow Shipping Nederland of Rotterdam, she was built by Bodewes Shipyard in 1999 as Mrs Sonja, becoming Arklow Viking in 2005. RC

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