World's biggest con-ro ship makes inaugural call at Halifax
THE first of ACL's G4 class vehicle / container vessels, the 45,000-dwt Atlantic Star, made her inaugural call at Halifax, reported Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.
The ship can carry nearly 4,000 TEU and 1,300 cars, and oversize loads are no problem with internal deck heights of up to nearly 25 feet. Her hull is ice-classed 1C for North Atlantic service.
The company said the British-flagged Star's design reflects ACL's commitment to reliability. The firm has not lost a container over the side in the last 30 years of operation on the rough seas of its North Atlantic routes, it said.
"The tall cell guides that define her shape secure above-deck containers tightly against the rolling and pitching of the vessel in higher sea states," it said.
It is a feature ACL has employed for some time to ensure that every shipment gets to its destination, said the company.
"ACL has been successful during its 48-year history by doing things differently than its competitors. We employ unique ships, go to unique ports and carry cargo that others cannot carry. The new G4 fleet will enhance our cargo carrying capabilities," ACL said in a statement.
The G4 class will also be wider than the preceding panamax G3 vessels, also contributing to improved inherent stability.
The Grimaldi Group-owned ACL has ordered four more vessels in the G4 class, with deliveries from builder Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding scheduled for the first half of 2016.