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New vessels for ACL

ACL Has ordered new vessels to replace the currrent 4 vessels that call on Halifax.

From the Press Release:

Atlantic Container Line has signed a contract with Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding to build the five largest RORO/Containerships (CONROs) in the world. The G4 (Generation 4) vessels will replace ACL’s existing fleet of G3 CONROs operating in the company’s transatlantic service. 

The new vessels will be the first of their type ever built. They will be bigger, faster, greener and more efficient than their predecessors. The G4’s will have a container capacity of 3800 TEUs plus 28,900 square meters of RORO space, with a car capacity of 1307 vehicles. Speed will be increased by 10%, yet fuel consumption per TEU will be reduced by 50%. The new ships will continue to employ cell-guides on deck, a feature that will allow ACL to extend an enviable record: its ships have never lost a container over the side during the last 30 years. All five vessels will be delivered in 2015.

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Crowded Basin

Was Busy in the Basin this evening with the inbounds arriving prior to the outbounds heading out.

Anchored AFL New England (Center), Outbound Atlantic Companion, Inbound Itally Express (right)

Tied Up (And Leaving) London Express (right), Tieing Up Atlantic Compass(left)
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Atlantic Cartier is broken

Scheduled to move for trials in the basin this morning, Atlantic cartier remains at the pier. The tugs Atlantic Larch and Willow have left, and It appears Atlantic Compass is anchoring in the Basin waiting for the birth to clear.

Sources have indicated that the Engine on Atlantic Cartier is not functioning, and she would need to be moved as a dead ship to clear the pier which presumably requires more then 2 tugs.

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Standing in Line

With Atlantic Compass entering the Narrows outbound, OOCL Antwerp and Oakland Express Had to wait in the inner harbour for her to pass. Large vessels are restricted one direction at a time due to the Narrow passage to avoid collisions. (This rule came into effect as a result of the 1916 Halifax Explosion)

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Cape Mayor

Cape Mayor Called at Fairview Cove on Monday for Atlantic Container Line.
She gave Her destination as Baltimore, however doesn’t seem to be listed on ACL’s Normal Schedule. She is likely filling in for a run, and time will tell if she returns on the east bound trip.

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Stowaways

From the CBC:
“Seven male stowaways found aboard a ship in Halifax Harbour were taken into custody by Canadian border service agents Thursday night.
They were on the Atlantic Concert, said Jennifer Morrison, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Border Services Agency.
The ship, run by Atlantic Container Line, arrived in port at about noon Thursday and was docked at Fairview Cove terminal. The Swedish-flagged vessel’s last known port was Antwerp, Belgium, according to the website MarineTraffic.com.”

also in The Chronicle Herald