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ACL Deploys Huge CONRO-vessel, the Atlantic Star

[ November 10, 2015   //   ]

Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has taken delivery of the Atlantic Star, a first of its kind vessel and the largest RoRo/container ship (CONRO) ever built. The first of five new vessels in the G4 fleet, the new ship will join the company’s trans-Atlantic service in December. The remaining four G4 vessels will be delivered in first half 2016.

Unlike their predecessors, G4s are bigger, greener and more efficient. Their container capacity is more than doubled at 3800 TEUs, plus 28,900 square meters of RoRo space and a car capacity of 1300+ vehicles. The RoRo ramps are wider and shallower and decks are higher (up to 7.4 meters) with fewer columns, enabling much easier loading and discharge of oversized cargo. Emissions per TEU are reduced by 65%.

The fleet continues to employ cell-guides on deck, a feature that will allow ACL to extend its enviable record: ACL ships have never lost a container over the side during the last 30 years. The Atlantic Star is It incorporates a design that increases capacity without significantly changing vessel dimensions. ACL’s current schedule and port rotation will be maintained until all five G4 vessels are in service. During the second quarter of 2016 ACL will announce its new G4 schedule.

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