Atlantic Container Line (ACL) confirm that their five new roll-on roll-off containerships (CONROs) will be built to UK standards.
The five new vessels are being built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd in Shanghai China. They are the first of their type ever built with a container capacity of 3800 TEUs plus 28,900 square metres of Ro-Ro space and a car capacity of 1,307 vehicles. All five vessels will be delivered in 2015 and will replace the companys existing transatlantic fleet of five vessels.
Following the announcement that the UK flag will be used as the design flag Debasis Mazumdar, Head of the UK Ship Register said: "
I am delighted that ACL have recognised the advantages of building these ships to UK standards and have chosen the UK Flag as the design flag.
We are proud to be part of the team behind these vessels, which are the first of their kind and will be the worlds biggest Container RoRo vessels.
These Generation Four (G4) type of vessels will be bigger, faster, greener and more fuel efficient.