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Liverpool confirmed for new ACL ships

[ June 5, 2014   //   ]

Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has confirmed that Liverpool will be the UK call for its fleet of five new ro ro-container ships due to be introduced into its North Atlantic Services. Liverpool’s owner, the Peel Ports Group said it would invest £310 million to widen the Seaforth Passage and create a 70,000 vehicles-per-year dedicated car storage area.
ACL has called in Liverpool since 1969.

ACL itself is expanding its Liverpool office to concentrate its commercial, marine and logistics operations work in the city, increasing staff by 40% to over 180 people.
The new G4 vessels, currently under construction in China, will have a container capacity of 3,800teu, compared with 1,850teu for the current G3 ships, plus 764teu of ro ro space against 525teu on the G3s.

They will be delivered from mid-2015 to early 2016. The vessels have been designed to go through Liverpool’s Gladstone lock as the ro ro operations are most efficiently managed on the flat water of the enclosed Seaforth Dock. They will not use the new in-river berths currently under construction at the Liverpool2 deep-sea container terminal, which is geared towards new post-Panamax vessels.

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