Atlantic Container Line

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Atlantic Container Line
Founded 1965
Headquarters Westfield, New Jersey
Area served
North Atlantic
Key people
Andy Abbott, CEO
Services Freight transportation
Parent Grimaldi Group
Website www.aclcargo.com
Atlantic Cartier in Gothenburg
Atlantic Compass on the River Elbe

Atlantic Container Line is an American shipping company owned by the Italian Grimaldi Group.

The company operates large RORO Container ships between Europe and North America.

History[edit]

ACL was formed in 1965 by a consortium of five shipping companies, Wallenius Lines, Swedish America Line, The Transatlantic Steamship Company and Holland America Line. These were joined by Cunard and CGT in 1967.[1]

In 1976 ACL took over the Care Line, its ships, Mont Royal and Montmorency, and its direct route to Montreal.[1]

During the Falklands War the British registered Atlantic Conveyor and Atlantic Causeway were requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence. The Atlantic Conveyor sank on 25 May 1982 after being hit by two Argentine Exocet missiles.

Fleet[edit]

Current ships[edit]

The new Generation 4 ships, introduced in 2015, are faster and more fuel efficient that their predecessors. They are still ConRO, combination Ro-Ro and container, ships but with the accommodation in the middle of the ship rather than at the stern as in the previous generation.[2]

Name Built In service Tonnage Notes
Atlantic Conveyor 1985 1985- 57,225 GRT Built at Swan Hunter U.K. lengthened at Scott Lithgow's Clyde shipyard, Scotland 1987
Atlantic Cartier 1985 1985- 57,225 GRT Lengthened in Japan 1987
Atlantic Star 2015 2015- 100,430 GRT
Atlantic Sail 2016 2016- 100,430 GRT
Atlantic Sea 2016 2016- 100,430 GRT
Atlantic Sky 2016 2016- 100,430 GRT
Atlantic Sun 2016 2016- 100,430 GRT

Previous ships[edit]

[3]

Name Built In service Tonnage Owner Notes
Atlantic Saga 1967 1967–1987 12,231 GRT SAL Broken up 1987
Atlantic Song 1967 1967–1987 11,771 GRT OW Broken up 1987
Atlantic Span
Atlantic Service
1967 1967-1984
1984-1987
11,995 GRT Transatlantic Broken up 1987
Atlantic Star 1967 1967–1987 15,055 GRT HAL Broken up 1987
Atlantic Causeway 1969 1969–1986 14,946 GRT Cunard Broken up 1987
Atlantic Champagne 1969 1969–1985 15,351 GRT CGT Broken up 1985
Atlantic Crown 1969 1969–1985 15,489 GRT HAL Broken up 1985
Atlantic Cinderella 1970 1970–1985 15,437 GRT OW Broken up 1985
Atlantic Cognac 1970 1970–1985 15,351 GRT CGT Broken up 1985
Atlantic Conveyor 1970 1970–1982 14,946 GRT Cunard Sunk during Falklands War
Atlantic Premier 1972 1978–1982 10,998 GRT SAL Ex Mont Royal. Broken up 2004
Atlantic Prelude 1972 1978–1983 11,148 GRT OW Ex Montmorency. Broken up 2005
Atlantic Project 1978 1978–1981 5,466 GRT Stena Chartered from Stena Line
Atlantic Prosper 1978 1978–1981 5,466 GRT Stena Chartered from Stena Line, Sunk 2006
Atlantic Companion 1984 1984-2015 57,225 GRT Transatlantic Sold for Scrap Alang India Sep 2015
Atlantic Concert 1984 1984- 2016 57,225 GRT Transocean Lengthened in Japan 1987 Scrapped in 2016
Atlantic Compass 1984 1984- 2016 57,225 GRT OW Lengthened in Japan 1987 Scrapped in 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Philip Parker. "The history of Atlantic Container Line". Archived from the original on September 8, 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "ACL - Vessel Specifications". aclcargo.com. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ Faktaomfartyg.se. "Atlantic Container Line". Retrieved 17 November 2016.