Atlantic Container Ships said construction has begun on its new generation of ships that will carry both containers and roll-on/roll-off cargo.
The official steel cutting ceremony for the fourth generation or "G4" ships took place this week at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding's new shipyard on Chungxing Island near Shanghai. The five ships are scheduled for delivery in 2015.
“We are excited to celebrate this milestone for our first G4 conro. After five years of planning this is the first step of the construction. ACL and our parent company Grimaldi look forward to seeing it progress in the coming months,” said Andrew J. Abbott, the president and chief executive of ACL.
The Italian and U.S. classification societies, Registro Italiano Navale (RINA Services S.p.A.) and the American Bureau of Shipping respectively, will provide statutory classification services.
The ships incorporate a new design, and ACL said they will be "bigger, faster, greener and more efficient than their predecessors. They will have a container capacity of 3800 TEUs plus 28,900 square meters of ro/ro space, with a car capacity of 1,307 vehicles. Speed will be increased by 10 percent, yet fuel consumption per TEU will be reduced by 50 percent."
The ships were the subject of the article "Nifty, thrifty ships
" in American Shipper
last year. - Chris Dupin