Construction is progressing on Atlantic Container Line’s new G4 vessels, which will be the largest RORO/Containerships in the world. The G4 vessels will replace ACL’s existing fleet of G3’s operating in the company’s transatlantic service.
The new G4 Fleet is being named Atlantic Star, Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Skyand Atlantic Sun. Andrea Cox, who started with ACL in September 1996, submitted the winning names. Andrea is a Customer Service Representative at ACL’s Halifax Customer Service Center. Andrea said she chose the names based on her daily experience with customers.
When the construction of the G‐4’s began in 2013, ACL’s parent company, the Grimaldi Group, decided that ACL’s employees would hold a contest to name the new vessels. Over 5,000 name proposals were received. Each ACL country manager and department manager picked his/her favorite 25 sets of 5 names. The most frequently selected 25 name sets were submitted to Grimaldi Group Management in Italy, who chose the winner.
The new G4 vessels will be bigger, faster, greener and more efficient than their predecessors. The G4’s will have a container capacity of 3,800 TEUs plus 28,900 square meters of RORO space, with a car capacity of 1307 vehicles. The new ships will continue to employ cell‐guides on deck, a feature that will allow ACL to extend its enviable record of never losing a container at sea in over 30 years. The first ACL G4 will enter service next summer, followed every two months by a sister vessel until the entire ACL fleet is replaced.
Tankers Energy Pride and Arionas Anchored in the basin. both products tankers are waiting their turn at Imperial Oil.
Arionas (Above) was built in 2006 in Ulsan South Korea, and owned by Capital Ship Management of Athens Greece. Energy Pride (Below) was built in 2004 in Pusan South Korea
(Bottom) Em Ithaki fills in on ACL Route. As a container only Vessel, she may be shuffling empty Containers, or filling in for Atlantic Cartier’s Maintenance Period, though this weekend also brought a east and west bound ACL Arrival.
With NYK line Vessels seemingly replacing OOCL on the PAX Service, Fairview cove has been seeing a string of fresh faces this year. (APL Vessels are also common on the g6 Service)
Today brought the NYK Demeter, Built in 2007 in Ulsan, South Korea. She is rated at 4800 TEU.
Friday brought a stop for Dallas Express. A regular caller in Halifax for a number of years, she took the name Dallas Express after her last refit freeing up her former name, Antwerpen Express for a newer larger Vessel.
The Container ship Em Ithaki tied up at Fairview Cove this morning. Built in 1991, she is owned and managed by Eurobulk of Greece, and came of a Long term charter as MOL Volta between 2001 and 2012. She is rated at 2135 TEU so is quite low in capacity.
She is likely just filling in for a few trips while the regular ACL Vessel is being Maintained.
Eurobulk LTD photo.
Another first timer to Halifax, the 2008 build NYK Diana. Rated at 4900TEU she is Panamax vessel. she Sails tonight for Southampton UK.
APL Coral Arrived on the G6 service today and tied up at the west pier of Fairview Cove. On arrival, she tied up port side to the pier, which is opposite of normal, however makes for better photographs. (For comparison, See our Singapore Express Post.)
Todays arrival brought another NYK Vessel, NYK Daedalus. Built in Korea in 2007, she is rated at 4800TEU.
Panamax Container ship Singapore Express tied up this evening. She arrived form Southampton, UK, and will be bound for New York on Departure.
NYK Meteor arrived this morning from Rotterdam. She will Sail overnight for NewYork as part of the G6 Service.
Built in 2007, she is registered in Panama, and carries 4800TEU.