ACL has announced that it officially took delivery of the ATLANTIC SAIL, the second of five new vessels in the G4 fleet, on March 31. The Atlantic Sail will sail from China early in the week of April 4 and will take its place in the company’s transatlantic schedule in early May. The remaining three G4 vessels will all be delivered during 2016.
The ACL G4 vessels are the first of their kind and the largest multipurpose RORO/Containerships ever built. They incorporate an innovative design that increases capacity without significantly changing the dimensions of the vessel. The G4s are bigger, greener and more efficient than their predecessors. Their container capacity is more than doubled at 3800 TEUs, with 28,900 square meters of RORO space and a car capacity of 1300+ vehicles. The RORO ramps are wider and shallower than those in the G3 vessels and the RORO 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 Sail will be registered in the United Kingdom. The Atlantic Sail’s sister vessel, Atlantic Star is also flying the British flag. ACL’s current schedule and port rotation will be maintained until all five G4 vessels are in service.
The Atlantic Star and its sister G4 vessels will dramatically improve ACL’s competitiveness on the North Atlantic. The G4’s clearly demonstrate that ACL’s parent company, the Grimaldi Group, will continue to invest in ACL’s future on the North Atlantic. ACL has been successful during its 48 year history by doing things differently than all of its competitors. The company deploys unique ships, calls at unique ports and carries cargo that others cannot carry. The new G4 fleet will greatly enhance its flexibility and cargo carrying capabilities. Combined with Grimaldi’s ever-expanding service network, the G4s will enable ACL to provide even more services as a high quality container and RORO operator for years to come.