ACL G3 series

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ACL G3 series
The Atlantic Companion
The Atlantic Companion
Ship data

associated ships


Ship type ConRo ship
Shipping company Atlantic Container Line
Shipyard Kockums, Malmo
Swan Hunter, Wallsend
Chantiers du Nord, Dunkirk
Construction period 1984 to 1985
Cruising areas Transatlantic service
Ship dimensions and crew
249.46 m ( Lüa )
width 32.31 m
Draft Max. 11.60 m
measurement 25,362 GRT , 12,969 NRT
From 1987
291.92 m ( Lüa )
width 32.39 m
Draft Max. 11.64 m
measurement 57,255 GRT, 21,175 NRT
Machine system
machine 1 × B&W Götaverken 6L90GBE two-stroke diesel engine
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
17,506 kW (23,802 hp)
17.5 kn (32 km / h)
propeller 1 × fixed propeller
Machine system from 1987
machine 1 × B&W 6L90 GB two-stroke diesel engine
performanceTemplate: Infobox ship / maintenance / service format
20,200 kW (27,464 hp)
18.0 kn (33 km / h)
Transport capacities
Load capacity 36500 (44988) tdw
Container - (1850) TEU
running track meters - (6000) m
Vehicle capacity - (1000) cars

Atlantic Companion

Dates in brackets

After renovation in 1987

The G3 Series was a series of ConRo ships of the shipping company consortium Atlantic Container Line . The five ships were built in 1984/85 at three different shipyards and used in the shipping company's transatlantic service. They could transport containers as well as RoRo loads and vehicles at the same time . Until the next G4 series was put into service , it was the world's largest unit of this type of ship.


The design of the G3 series was based on experiences with the G1 and G2 ships built in the mid to late 1960s , the requirements of the cargo volume, which has grown significantly in the meantime, and the desire for more economical ship units.

The ships were designed as a versatile ConRo ship with a deckhouse far aft and an ice class . The ships had a ro-ro ramp arranged aft with a load capacity of 420 tons, but no loading gear .

Rear view of the Atlantic Conveyor

When they were built, the ships were divided into two holds , the container and the RoRo area. However, the ships were lengthened by 42 meters as early as 1986/87, with a division into five holds. The container area had cell guides provided by ten and hatches for "lift on / lift off" -Loading accessible. Cell guides were provided on deck for stowing containers. Up to 150 refrigerated containers could also be connected there. The ro-ro area with three height-adjustable decks was loaded and unloaded via the rear ramp.

During construction, the container capacity of the ships was 2157 TEU, of which 424 TEU could be stowed in the container holds and a further 725 TEU in the RoRo area. Initially, 1008 TEU could be stowed on deck. After the extension, the total capacity increased to 2908 TEU, of which 198 FEU and 28 TEU could be stowed in the container holds as well as a further 424 FEU and 636 TEU in the vehicle area and 1000 TEU in the RoRo area. Overall, the ACL stated a capacity of around 3,100 TEU for the ships (2013).

The ships were powered by a B&W two-stroke diesel engine . When the ships were extended, they were given a more powerful engine. Furthermore, four auxiliary diesels and an emergency diesel generator were available. The berthing and casting off maneuvers were supported by bow and stern thrusters .


The first three ships were built at Kockums in Malmö and started up in 1984, followed in January 1985 by the Atlantic Conveyor built by Swan Hunter in Wallsend and the Atlantic Cartier was delivered significantly late in May 1985.

In order to be able to use the G3 series more profitably, the ships were extended by around 42 meters each in 1987. The Atlantic Conveyor was rebuilt at Scott Lithgow , while the remaining four ships were enlarged by the Hyundai Mipo shipyard in Ulsan. In addition, ACL started a cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd , whereupon the ships of the first generation could also be scrapped. An outward sign of the cooperation with the Hamburg shipping company was the renaming of the Atlantic Companion and Atlantic Concert units to Companion Express and Concert Express . In 1994, the two renamed ships were given their old names, but the slot chartering agreement remained in force.

After more than three decades in the shipping company's transatlantic service, the ships were replaced by the next generation of the ACL G4 series and scrapped between 2015 and 2017.

The ships

ACL G3 series
Building name Shipyard /
construction number
IMO number delivery Client Later names and whereabouts
Atlantic Companion 593 / Kockums 8214152 March 7, 1984 Atlantic Companion AB, Gothenburg 1987 extended with Hyundai Mipo, 1987 Companion Express , 1994 Atlantic Companion , 2015 demolition in Alang
Atlantic Concert 594 / Kockums 8214164 May 25, 1984 Rederi AB Soya, Stockholm 1987 extended at Hyundai Mipo, 1987 Concert Express , 1994 Atlantic Concert , 2016 demolished in Alang
Atlantic Compass Kockums / 595 8214176 September 21, 1984 Rederi Ab Transocean, Gothenburg 1987 extended at Hyundai Mipo; 2016 demolition in Alang
Atlantic Conveyor Swan Hunter / 121 8215534 January 1985 The Cunard Steamship Company, Liverpool 1987 extended with Scott Lithgow; 2017 demolition in Alang.
Atlantic Cartier Chantiers du Nord / 321 8215481 May 1985 Compagnie Générale Maritme, Le Havre 1987 extended at Hyundai Mipo, cargo fire on 1/2. May 2013 in Hamburg, deleted after 16 hours, 2017 demolition in Alang.
Data: Equasis, large tonnage

Web links

Commons : ACL G3 series  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Equasis homepage (English)
  2. grosstonnage homepage (English)