ACL is the carrier with the special capabilities to handle unusual
cargo: the right vessels, equipment and experienced professionals to get
the job done right. Here are some memorable moves:
June 2004...Atlantic Container Line transported the powerboat set
to break the Round Britain World Record. This revolutionary craft
set sail from Portsmouth, Virginia to Liverpool aboard ACL's
multipurpose RORO/containership, "Atlantic Compass". The
Bladerunner 51 is an 'Air Entrapment Monohull' powerboat pioneered
by ICE Marine. The radically different twin tunnels flare out from
either side of the twin stepped hull, finished with knife-like sponsons
at the sides enable the 75 mph speed need to break the record. The
boat weighing 11,794 kilos (26,000 lbs.), was 17.3 M (51') long and
standing 3.96 M (13') tall, 3.96 M (13') wide was secured onto one
of ACL's 40' roll trailers for stowage into the RORO decks.
A Eurocopter EC-155B for Wayne Huizenga owner of the Miami Dolphin's football team sailed
from the United Kingdom in October 2001 via one of Atlantic Container Line's five combination
RORO/Containerships, "Atlantic Cartier". The 12-seater helicopter is one of three operating in
the United States. The EC-155B's blade span is 41'7" long (tip nose to end tail pylon), 11' wide
(with blades removed), height (to toptail) 14', with an operating weight 6,000 pounds. The copter
was shipped overseas for Mr. Huizenga's recent sporting events in Europe. Once back in the
United States, the U.S. Government leased the Eurocopter for demonstrations before returning it
to Mr. Huizenga. Felix Huang of Helicopters International said "ACL was chosen because of its
unique ability to transport the $7 million helicopter intact, safe and secure from the elements for
its roundtrip transatlantic voyage without dismantling it". With the world's largest and most
sophisticated Container/RORO ships in the world, ACL was the only combination roll-on, roll-off
container carrier that had all "the creative solutions" to handle the and provide the safest
transport. The helicopter was prepared for its transatlantic voyage and rolled onto the ACL
vessel via its 420 metric ton stern ramp in May 2001 aboard the "ATLANTIC COMPASS".
Container Line transported the oldest seaworthy Viking ship in the world
from Goteborg, Sweden to Elizabeth, New Jersey aboard its RORO/containership,
"Atlantic Conveyor." This 80 year old historical craft weighing
9,920 pounds, standing 8'3" tall, 8' 8" wide was secured onto
one of ACL's 42' flatbed trailers for stowage into the giant RORO decks
of the "Atlantic Conveyor" via her 420 metric ton capacity stern
Once discharged from ACL's RORO/containership, this antique vessel joined New
York's Hudson River festival commemorating Leif Eriksson's journey to America
approximately 1,000 years ago. Following the September celebration, ACL transported
the Viking Ship back to Sweden, Aboard the "Atlantic Concert", where it resides
in the private collection of Täby Vikingalag.
LeMans racecar transporters made their transatlantic "pit stop"
aboard the "Atlantic Conveyor" one of Atlantic Container Line's
combination RORO/Containerships in Halifax and Port Elizabeth. The team
cars, sponsored by Cadillac, Corvette, Olive Garden, Quik/Perelli, to
name a few, were driven directly onto one of the vessel's three main
RORO decks via her 420 ton capacity stern ramp. Each 55,000 pound transporter
discharges n Liverpool, England were then driven to France for the May
2000 "24 Hour De LeMans." All teams placed very competitively,
including one headed by Mario Andretti.
Following the French race, the teams again turned to ACL to return the
transporters back to North America, discharging in various North American
ports for their next challenge at the Sears Points Raceway in California
in late July.
Container Line transported the Orient Express antique Pullman Dining Carriage
from Liverpool, England to Elizabeth, New Jersey aboard its RORO/containership,
ATLANTIC CONCERT. The train car, weighing 43 tons, standing 13 feet tall,
70 feet long and 9 feet wide was driven directly into one of the three
main RORO decks of the vessel via her 420 metric ton capacity stern ramp.
Upon arrival at Port Elizabeth, the deluxe tourist carriage was quickly
discharged and transported by special truck to Manhattan's Wall Street,
as part of the festivities for the New York Stock Exchange party marking
the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Independent Public Offering, in late July.
Following the successful IPO event, ACL transported the Pullman back to
England, where it operates as part of the Orient-Express travel company's
luxury train fleet.