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13 August 2012

On August 10, 2012, the Atlantic Container Line (ACL) announced their contract with the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (group) Co. Ltd. China for the construction of five new RoRo/Container (ConRo) vessels. The vessels will be the world’s largest and most innovative ConRo vessels ever built. The five ship order will form the G4 (Generation 4) class and on delivery, they will replace ACL’s current fleet of G3 vessels that were built between 1984-85.

Responsible for the Basic Design of the new G4 ConRo vessels, KNUD E. HANSEN will deliver to the shipbuilder a full Basic Design package, including: class drawings, general design of hull and outfitting, machinery plant arrangement, HVAC and electrical and automation design.

Over the past year, KNUD E. HANSEN has worked closely with the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard, as well as in close consultation with the shipowner, to develop and optimize the design to the Client’s needs.


KNUD E. HANSEN is one of the world’s leading marine consultancies with more than 74 years of experience in ship design, with a proven track record in providing unique and cutting-edge solutions to the maritime industry. KNUD E. HANSEN employs more than 55 Naval Architects and Marine Engineers in Denmark, UK, USA, Greece, Australia and the Faroe Islands.

Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd.

Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd. is a large shipbuilding enterprise under the leadership of China Shipbuilding Group Corporation (CSSC). The Group is founded through a merger between Hudong Shipbuilding Group and Zhonghua shipyard. The head office of the group is located at Pudong New Area, with major production areas in the eastern part of Shanghai, along both sides of the Huangpu River.

Atlantic Container Line

Since 1967, ACL has been a specialized carrier of containers, project and oversized cargo, heavy equipment and vehicles with the world’s largest RoRo/Containerships. ACL offers weekly container and RoRo service between North America and Europe as well as North America and West Africa. ACL has acquired the rights to the Conceptual Design for these vessels based on Jens M. Nielsen patents EP2259962B1/DK2259962T3. ACL has given this new building project series named the “G4 Vessels”. ACL is a company of the Grimaldi Group of Naples, Italy.

Related References

Partly open top ConRo container vessel
  • Vessel type: container
  • Vessel name: Atlantic Star and sisters
  • Project number: 11064.01-04
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