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New Contract Between ACL and Ceres Halifax

[ April 8, 2016   //   ]

Atlantic Container Line (ACL) is maintaining its twice weekly call at Halifax with its new G4 RORO/Containerships thanks to a new contract between Ceres Halifax Inc and ACL that runs through 2022.

ACL is continuing to serve the North American and European markets at the Fairview Cove Container Terminal of Ceres Halifax Inc.

“We value our long-term working relationships with the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) and Ceres,” remarked Andrew Abbott, ACL President/CEO. “We looked long and hard at various schedule alternatives for our new ships. Some excluded Halifax. But we just could not ignore the close cooperation and support of the HPA and Ceres that removed every obstacle to a long-term agreement.”

Abbott highlighted the quality improvements to the CN Rail service and the consistent cooperation of ILA colleagues as additional influential factors in ACL’s decision.

Abbott expects ACL volume via Halifax to eventually double as all of the company’s new ships enter service.

“ACL looks forward to a long future in Halifax with our large, new, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly G4 vessels,” he said. “The Port of Halifax will now remain our largest port in North America, and our gateway for Canada and the US Midwest.”

Atlantic Container Line has been continuously calling the Port of Halifax since 1970 following the inaugural call of the ACL G1 vessel Atlantic Star in 1969. In January of this year, the Port of Halifax welcomed the newest Atlantic Star which is the first of the five new G-4 ACL CONRO vessels.

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