Past Projects/Unusual Shipments

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:

2023

A 12-Ton Chinook Helicopter Takes Flight Out Of The Port of Antwerp To Its Final Destination

Who would think that a 12-ton Chinook helicopter could literally be shipped across the Atlantic from its manufacturer in the United States to Europe with no dismantling? Well, ACL made it easy. The helicopter arrived at the Port of Baltimore. The helicopter was completely intact with engines, navigational, communications, safety and operational equipment used to operate this aircraft. The blades were the only part that was removed! It was lashed safely onto a mafi and rolled into ACL’s covered garage deck for the voyage. ACL was chosen because of its unique ability to transport the $7 million helicopter without disassembly, safe and secure from the elements for its transatlantic voyage. Upon arrival in Antwerp’s Euroterminal (AET), the helicopter was rolled off ACL’s 420 metric ton stern ramp to an open space in the container yard. Its blades were attached and off it went into the wild blue yonder.

2023

2023

ACL Moves The World’s First Hydrogen Powered Passenger Train

Alstrom’s Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train that is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. This cell produces electrical power for traction. In operation, it emits no CO2 and exhausts only water. While the Coradia iLint trains have been in service in Germany for some time now, one of them made a journey to Quebec, Canada.

But how could this journey take place? Alstrom contacted ACL. The train sections, which weigh a total of 106 tons, were placed in a suspended position at the Port of Hamburg. The train was rolled onto the Atlantic Sun into its garage deck, safe from the elements and sailed to Halifax. Upon discharge In Canada, the train was put in operation and quietly moves its passengers along the St. Lawrence River, safely and quietly and without any emissions.

ACL’s expertise in handling oversized and hard-to-handle cargo, especially trains, is unsurpassed. From the Orient Express’ Antique Pullman Dining Carriage to Amtrak’s passenger cars, huge locomotives and now, Alstrom’s Coradia iLint, ACL is the only carrier for safe and secure transport.

2023

2023

ACL Makes Light of A 201-Ton Industrial Transformer When Electric, Light and Power are Essential to New York State

How do you move an industrial transformer with enough power to light up a city block? When ACL takes charge, it’s easy!

A 201-ton transformer made its voyage from Port of Antwerp onboard one of ACL’s combination RORO/Containerships, the Atlantic Sea, to the Port of New York and New Jersey. The weight of the transformer was no problem for ACL because it was driven directly on board the vessel via ACL’s 420 metric ton capacity stern ramp.  The transformer was then securely lashed down in the RORO garage deck for the transatlantic voyage. 

Since this shipment was time-sensitive, upon its arrival at the Port of New York and New Jersey, the transformer was quickly discharged. It was transported to a New York State sub-station, in order to be installed and operational for the winter season.

With ACL’s unique handling of roll-on/roll-off, breakbulk and oversize cargo, power generation equipment can easily be transported. There is no dismantling and reassembly, which avoids damage to the equipment.  The cargo is not hoisted or lifted but driven directly onto the vessel in one piece. Lastly, the cargo is safely and securely stowed in our watertight, RORO garage decks. This is an advantage only ACL can provide.

2023

2021

A 40-Meter Boat Mast Has A Smooth ACL Sailing To Hamburg

ACL’s combination RORO/Containership can handle any size or shape of sailing vessels including their parts. We have easily handled yachts, pontoons, Chris- Craft boats and even hard-to-handle boat masts. Recently, ACL transported a 40-meter boat mast and boom, which sailed from the Port of New York and New Jersey into the Port of Hamburg. It was then transported to a local shipyard.

The lengthy and lean boat mast was driven directly onto the Atlantic Sky via her 420 metric ton capacity stern ramp. It was mounted and safely secured in ACL’s RORO garage deck for its transatlantic voyage.

Upon arrival in Germany, the mast and accompanying parts were quickly processed and discharged for installation onto the personal yacht of a local boating enthusiast.

Once again, this shipment demonstrates the full range of ACL’s capabilities to safely handle oversized cargo. Whatever the size, weight or shape, all cargo is placed in ACL’s spacious garage decks for the ultimate in protection against the elements.

2021