Quality, Security, & Sustainability


ACL has been incorporating process improvement into every company operation for over 50 years. By utilizing a cooperative team effort by customers, suppliers, employees and management, ACL’s goal is to continually enhance the quality of the transportation service that we provide.


ACL has dedicated staff to work with various government agencies, ocean terminals and other transportation suppliers to enhance security levels and ensure compliance with the new regulations. In the U.S., ACL is a certified member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program. ACL has also implemented a Hazardous Security Plan as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration. ACL also participates on security committees with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System receiving their AMVER Award. ACL is well advanced in carrying out security assessments and implementing the requirements of the IMO International Ship & Port Security Code (ISPS) by receiving their International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC). In Canada, ACL is a certified participant in the Canadian Partners In Protection Program. In Europe, ACL has increased its container seal discipline and is working with ports, terminal operators and intermodal transport suppliers to ensure that the transport chain is secured.


Atlantic Container Line is a sister company of the Grimaldi Group of Naples, Italy. We therefore follow the same Corporate Social Responsibilities and are committed to the Grimaldi Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility Standards. The Sustainability Report published by Grimaldi shares a company-wide, vision-based prospect of sustainability as a shared value. This report is used as a tool that is aimed at providing more about the Grimaldi Group business model, not only economically, but also with a wider view of tangible and intangible effects. To view the Grimaldi Groups sustainability report in its entirety, click the link to download a pdf file: https://www.grimaldi.napoli.it/en/sustainability_report.html


AEO status is a certified standard authorization issued by customs administrations in the European Union (EU). It certifies that an economic operator has met certain standards in relation to safety, security along with systems to manage commercial records. ACL is proud to be certified as follows:


C-TPAT ACL’s C-TPAT number 72047095. ACL has been a certified member of the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) since its inception. C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and border security. When U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s C-TPAT program announced new Sea Carrier requirements March 1, 2006 with implementation required by June 1, 2006, ACL was one of the first. It requires that Sea Carriers screen new customers beyond financial soundness, to include indicators of whether the customer appears to be a legitimate business. For more information visit http://www.cbp.gov and view Import and C-TPAT pages. For other C-TPAT portal visit http://www.customs.gov


ACL’s officers, crew, vessels and staff are proud to help to exceed environmental compliance responsibility in a systematic manner, providing responsible value to the environment, the organization, and our customers with this Environmental Management System Standard:

ISO 9001:2015

ACL consistently provides products and services that meet applicable statutory and regulatory requirements through improvements of our system and the assurance of conformity with this Quality Management System Standard:

Quality Vessel Management System Certification

Quality Management System Certification


ACL’s fleet carry the International Ship Security Certification (ISSC). The vessels security systems and security equipment have been verified and complies with all expected requirements. ACL was proud to have achieve certification for its vessels prior to a July 1, 2004’s mandate.


Partners in Protection (PIP) is a voluntary joint Government of Canada-Business initiative to build cooperative relationships. that strengthen overall supply chain and border security.

ACL’s PIP Member Number: 11102-11208. ACL is a certified Member of Canada’s Partner in Protection..

Atlantic Container Line strongly encourages its Customers and all Partners is the supply chain to join PIP and to follow the initiatives set out thus securing a more secure supply chain for their employees , suppliers and customers.

For more information about the PIP Initiative and how to join please visit: https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/security-securite/pip-pep/menu-eng.html

Qualship 21

The U.S. Coast Guard ‘s Quality Shipping for the 21st Century Program (Qualship 21) is aimed at recognizing and rewarding internationally-flagged, high-quality vessels operating within U.S. waters.  ACL achieved certification for all five of its vessels: