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ACL Christens Its New Vessel Atlantic Sun

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

October 12, 2018

Photo: ACL

Photo: ACL

Atlantic Container Line (ACL) held a christening ceremony for its new G4 vessel, the Atlantic Sun, on Wednesday, at FAPS Port Newark Auto Marine Terminal at the Port of New York & New Jersey. 

The ACL G4 vessels are the first of their kind and the largest multipurpose RoRo/Containerships ever built. They incorporate an innovative design that increases capacity without significantly changing the dimensions of the vessel. The G4s are bigger, greener and more efficient than their predecessors. Fuel consumption per TEU has been dramatically reduced and emissions have been eliminated by scrubbers.

Their container capacity is more than doubled at 3,800 TEUs, with 28,900 square meters of RoRo space and a car capacity of 1,300+ vehicles. The RoRo ramps are wider and shallower and the RoRo decks are higher (up to 7.4 meters) with fewer columns that enable much easier loading and discharge of oversized cargo. The new fleet continues to employ ACL's unique cell-guides on deck, helping the company maintain a unique record: ACL ships have not lost a single container at sea in over 35 years.

The U.K. registered Atlantic Sun is one of five sister vessels an ACL's G4 fleet, along with Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky and Atlantic Star. The Atlantic Star was most recently christened at the Port of Baltimore.

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