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ACL G4 #3 Atlantic Sea

The third ACL G4 vessel Atlantic sail has made a few trips to Halifax, but I wasen’t able to get a picture of her until yesterday. The 2 remaining g4 vessels apper to be complete, but are still at the shipyard and have not been delivered. the First, Atlantic Star, has also been drydocked within the last week, just short of 1 year after her maiden voyage in April 2016.  ACL Parent Company Grimaldi groups (the G on the funnel is for them) ship Grande Dakar is filling in, and sailed for Halifax from Liverpool England this morning.

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Atlantic Star – under cover of Darkness

ACL’s First G4 vessel arrived after 10pm lastnight, worked overnight, and sailed before 7am

Alas, I was unable to get any shots of her. She will be back in about a week, on her eastbound leg back to europe. (Hopefully in Daylight)

 

ACL’s Second G4 Vessel, Atlantic Sail Arrives Friday late afternoon.

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Mark your Calendars – Upcoming Notable Ships

Next week brings the arrival of a couple of Notable Ships.

May 27 is the scheduled maiden arrival of Atlantic Sail for ACL. She is the second of the new G4 ships To arrive, in Halifax – The first Atlantic Star is now on regular rotation.

May 28  brings the CMA CGM Tage. She will be making her first call in halifax on the Columbus Loop. With a capacity of 9365 TEU She, beats the current record holder, the USAC ZAMZAM at 9036TEU, and will set the record for largest container ship to call in Halifax. Besides besting the size record by ~330TEU, she will be the first ship to call here with the island superstructure set forward of amidships. The largest classes of container ships are built this way to ensure visibility forward over the deck load of containers.

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Sunday at Ceres

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Sunday started with the arrival of Atlantic Conveyor at midnight. She was worked throughout the day, and sailed in the evening.

Her days are Numbered, as Fleet mate Atlantic Compass sailed from Antwerp for the breakers in Alang India on May 11th, Joining  Atlantic Companion. Companion went to the breakers in sept 2015, and was replaced by the New Atlantic Star. Atlantic Compass’ replacement is Atlantic Sail, whos maiden Halifax Call is Sunday May 22. Atlantic Concert and Atlantic Cartier are still operating .

Also making an appearance was OOCL Italy on the AZX (Asia Suez Express) Service. An S-class Vessel, she is rated at 5888 TEU and is the former Vietnam Express.

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Meta for ACL

The 2001 built 2732teu Meta made her second call in Halifax for ACL. Her first was March 6 on her Westbound Leg. She Sailed last night for Liverpool.

ACL is using Conventional Containerships to bridge the Gap between the Retirement of the G3 vessels and the service entry of the New G4 vessels.

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ACL Renews Contract to 2022 – Projects Doubling Volumes

Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has decided to maintain its twice weekly call at Halifax with its new G4 RORO/Containerships. ACL will continue to serve the North American and European markets at the Fairview Cove Container Terminal of Ceres Halifax Inc. ACL and Ceres have signed a new contract that runs through 2022.

Andrew Abbott, President/CEO of Atlantic Container Line commented, “We value our long-term working relationships with the Halifax Port Authority and Ceres. 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. The quality improvements to the CN Rail service and the consistent cooperation of our ILA colleagues were also influential factors in our decision. As a result of this, all the stakeholders of the port will benefit, as ACL volume via Halifax will eventually double as all of our new ships enter service. ACL looks forward to a long future in Halifax with our large, new, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly G4 vessels. The Port of Halifax will now remain our largest port in North America, and our gateway for Canada and the US Midwest.”

“ACL has been a very important partner throughout the years,” said Calvin Whidden, President, Ceres Halifax Inc. “With the signing of this new agreement, we will now focus on working together to grow cargo volume.” “This is very positive news for all of the key players involved in reaching
this new contract,” said Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “We offer our
congratulations to ACL and Ceres-Halifax, and would like to acknowledge the level of commitment shown by CN Rail throughout this process. We look forward to continuing to welcome the next generation of ACL vessels to the Port of Halifax.”

Atlantic Container Line has been continuously calling the Port of Halifax since 1970 following the inaugural call of the ACL G1 vessel Atlantic Starin 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, and was named by a ACL Halifax Staffer.