Atlantic Container Line said the first of five new ships in a top-to-bottom fleet upgrade are on track to enter service next summer, followed with an additional delivery every two months until its current fleet of 1980s-era ships is replaced.
The five new vessels will be the world’s largest combination Ro-Ro/container ships, continuing the company’s stable, profitable business model of deploying such ships in the trans-Atlantic trade since the 1960s. The so-called G4 ships will have a container capacity of 3,800 TEUs plus 28,900 square meters of RO-RO space, with a car capacity of 1,307 vehicles. The larger capacity will allow them to have a larger market impact than the smaller ships they’re replacing. Like the earlier ships they will continue to employ cell‐guides on deck, a feature that the company says will allow it to extend its record of never losing a container at sea in over 30 years.
The ships will called Atlantic Star, Atlantic Sail, Atlantic Sea, Atlantic Sky and Atlantic Sun, names that emerged out of a contest among ACL employees, with the winning names chosen by Andrea Cox, a customer service representative at ACL's Halifax customer service center. She said the names were chosen because customers “like simple names to make it quick and easy when making a vessel inquiry or a booking.”