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A Star is born

[ October 30, 2015   //   ]

Grimaldi Group’s ACL arm as taken of the Atlantic Star, the first of five new G4 con-ro vessels being built in China. She will join the transatlantic service in December, after being christened in Liverpool.

The remaining four G4 vessels will be delivered during the first half of 2016.

The G4s’ innovative design increases capacity without significantly changing the dimensions of the vessel.Container capacity is more than doubled to 3,800 teu and there are 28,900sq m of ro ro space and over 1,300 cars.

vehicles. The ro ro ramps are wider and shallower and the decks higher (up to 7.4 meters) with fewer columns, making for much easier loading and discharge of oversized cargo. Emissions per teuare reduced by 65%.

The fleet continues to employ cell‐guides on deck; ACL ships have never lost a container over the side during the last 30 years.

Like its first namesake, a G1 ship, the new Atlantic Star will be registered in the UK.

ACL’s current schedule and port rotation will be maintained until all five G4 vessels are in service in the second quarter of 2016, when ACL will announce its new schedule.

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