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05 October 2015

Article from HANSA International Maritime Journal – 152. Jahrgang – 2015 – Nr. 9

After nearly 30 years the five ConRos owned by the US-based company Atlantic Container Line (ACL) will come to the end of their operational lifetime. They will be replaced by five modern ConRo ships to be delivered in two month intervals from September on. Thomas Wägener describes the quintet.

The vessels of the so-called new G4 (Generation 4) class have been ordered in July 2012. Since 2013 they have been under construction at Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding (HSZ) in Shanghai. The quintet will be named »Atlantic Star«, »Atlantic Sail«, »Atlantic Sea«, »Atlantic Sky« and »Atlantic Sun«. The vessels are designed to handle containers, block stowed general cargo, wheeled units including heavy loads and cars etc. with fuel in their tanks. As first of the new ConRos the »Atlantic Star« will be delivered at the end of September.

The remaining four ships are scheduled to follow in a two month period. The 45,000 dwt vessels with the hull numbers  H1695A, H1696A, H1697A, H1698A and H1699A are 296 m long, 37.60 m wide and the maximum operational draught is 11.50m. They are able to carry 3,817 TEU. There will be 200 reefer plugs with remote reefer monitoring fitted in bay 22–24 and 28–32 on open deck above deck 4. At the start of operation these ships will be the largest of their kind worldwide, the company announced. »The G4s demonstrate to our customers and our staff that our parent company, Grimaldi, is prepared to invest for the future to maintain ACL’s unique position as a high quality container and RoRo operator on the North Atlantic,« says Andrew Abbott, President and CEO of ACL.

The new ConRos are completely different in comparison to the five antecessors belonging to the older G3 class. KNUD E. HANSEN has designed the partly open brand new ConRo vessels. That included noise and vibration analysis, lines plan, CFD and model test assistance, hull structure design, deck outfitting, hull engineering, electrics, instrumentation and automation.

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