Atlantic Container Line

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Andrew J. Abbott
President & CEO
Cargo capacity for ACL’s G4 vessels includes:
  • 420-ton quarter ramp
    enables load and discharge
    of oversized cargo
  • 28,900m2 for high/heavy
    roll on/roll off cargo
  • 1,300 vehicles
  • 3,800 TEU cellular
  • Unique container cell
    guide racking system
ACL Featured Services:
  • Weekly RORO Service to
    and from 8 North American
    and European Ports
  • Weekly Transatlantic
  • Services to 15 Ports
  • Unique North American
    ports directly serving
    Baltimore & Halifax
  • 2 UK container port
    choices: Liverpool and
    London Gateway
Unique Capabilities:
  • Dedicated weekly container
    & RORO service to Ireland
  • Fast connections to Scotland
  • Easy access to interior France
    and Germany
  • Weekly container & RORO
    service to Sweden
  • RORO connection to Helsinki
    & Petersburg

Atlantic Container Line

ACL is the only Atlantic carrier that can transport both containers and oversized cargo on the same ship.

ACL’s Generation 4 fleet, the Atlantic Star, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sail and Atlantic Sky service the transatlantic trade and are the first of their kind vessels and the largest 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. The container capacity is more than doubled at 3,800 TEUs, plus 28,900 square meters of RORO space and a car capacity of 1,300+ vehicles. The RORO ramps are wider and shallower 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 ACL’s specially designed container cell-guides on deck. This unique feature allows the Company to extend its enviable 50-plus year record of ACL ships never losing a container over the side. All containers on deck are secured in a cell guide racking system—always secure and locked in place despite the weather on the North Atlantic.

ACL’s fleet of five G4 vessels dramatically improves the Company’s competitiveness on the North Atlantic. The G4s demonstrate to our customers that our Parent Company, the Grimaldi Group, continues to do things differently than all of its competitors. We employ unique ships, go to unique ports and carry cargo that others cannot carry.

Since 1967, ACL has been a specialized transatlantic carrier of containers, project and oversized cargo, heavy equipment and vehicles with the world’s largest combination G4 RORO/Containerships. The Company’s headquarters are in Westfield, New Jersey, with offices throughout Europe and North America. ACL offers three transatlantic sailings each week and is also the North America Agent for Grimaldi for services between North America and West Africa and between North America and the Mediterranean. The Company also offers oversized cargo service between North America to the Middle East, Far East and Oceania.

ACL’s one of a kind G4 fleet constantly enhances our cargo-carrying capabilities. Combined with Grimaldi’s ever-expanding service network, the G4s enable ACL to provide even more services as a high-quality container and RORO operator for many years to come.

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