over 40 years, ACL's pioneering spirit has been the driving force that
has made this company a leader in the North Atlantic Trade and one of
the most respected names in the ocean transportation.
consortium of five major European steamship companies join together to
meet the high capital investment involved in building and operating an
innovative fleet of roll-on/roll-off containerships. This historic
union, the first of the container age, results in the creation of
Atlantic Container Line (ACL), serving the trade between Europe and
East Coast of North America. The Atlantic Span,
is the first of ACL's four G-1 (first generation) vessels. These 700
TEU Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) Containerships are the most unique in the
world and dramatically change the concept of transportation.
the introduction of the first computerized intermodal transport system
"Route Code," ACL offers shippers a door-to-door service that
continuously updates through-transport tariffs for repeat shipments.
Six, 900 TEU, G-2 (second generation) RORO/Containerships are added to
ACL's fleet, increasing it to ten vessels. ACL becomes the only ocean
carrier to handle both containerized and uncontainerized cargo with
multiple sailings each week to/from every major port in Europe.
introduces its simplified alternative to the bill of lading,
"Datafreight Receipt," the first electronically transmitted
documentation system. Providing customers with added-value inland
transport services in North America, ACL forms a wholly owned trucking
company for improved short haul trucking capabilities and its own
container and chassis maintenance and repair operation.
pioneers SPEED (Europe) and COMPASS (North America), the first "real
time" computer system in the transportation industry. The G-1 vessels
are lengthened, increasing capacity to 1100 TEUs. ACL introduces direct
service to the Canadian ports of Montreal and Halifax.
better service customers through enhanced job performance, a record
number of ACL staff attend further education studies and management
courses. Intense project studies on the future G-3 vessel fleet are
completed and new building orders are placed.
newly constructed ACL G-3 (third generation) RORO/Containerships, the
largest of their kind in the world (2160 TEUs), enter the North
Atlantic service. The G-3s are fuel efficient and highly flexible for a
wide mix of cargoes. The G-2 vessels are phased out and scrapped.
the President's "E" Award for Export Service for its outstanding
contribution to the Export Expansion program of the United States. As
part of an overall rationalization program on the North Atlantic, ACL
enters a space sharing and charter agreement with Hapag-Lloyd. Focusing
on long-term corporate strategies and successful growth, ACL
restructures its US operations. A subsidiary is formed to operate ACL's
non-shipping sector in trucking, maintenance & repair, container
storage, liner agency and stevedoring services. The G-3 vessels are
lengthened (G-3L) to 292 meters increasing capacity to 3,100 TEUs. The
G-1 vessels are phased out and scrapped.
headquarters are relocated from Southampton, England to South
Plainfield, NJ. ACL's original consortium ownership is dissolved.
Transatlantic, a member of the Bilspedition Group, acquires 100% of
Atlantic Container Line. Formal quality programs are set in place.
a move to restore profitability, ACL streamlines its operations,
concentrating solely on its core North Atlantic market. Support
services (trucking, stevedoring and M&R) and support functions
(documentation, EDP, accounting and logistics) in the US and Canada are
outsourced. Slot exchanges with other container lines increase weekly
sailings between North America and Europe.
public offering for ACL by Bilspedition is successful and the company
is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. ACL passes the break-even mark
after several years of losses and reports a profit. Every ACL European
office achieves ISO 9002 certification.
embarks on a corporate strategy to make operations more independent,
self-reliant and quality-driven. As a result of this strategy, ACL
modifies schedules to improve transit times and reliability. ACL
purchases Atlantic Conveyorfrom Cunard. The Atlantic Compass becomes
the first oceangoing cargo vessel to be certified by the Swedish
National Maritime Administration under the ISM Code (International
Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution
pretax profit almost doubles. The company continues to gain financial
strength. Number of shareholders increase, moving ACL to the Main List
of the Oslo Stock Exchange. ACL acquires full ownership of its fleet
with the final purchase of the Atlantic Cartier from CGM. The Atlantic Concert and Atlantic Companion receive
ISM certification. ACL consolidates operations with one customer
service center per country in North America and Europe. Preparing for
the new age of electronic communication, ACL launches its web site.
ACL celebrates its thirty year anniversary of service. The ACL ATLAS software is developed. With the certification of the Atlantic Cartier and Atlantic Conveyor, ACL's entire fleet becomes ISM certified. The price of the ACL stock hits all time high on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
Ship management functions were taken over by ACL Ship Management AB. ACL share was split 2:1.
slot charter with Polish Ocean Line ends. A third Gulf Service is added
increasing our services to 6 sailings. ISM Safety and Environment
Certificates for all vessels are endorsed. Phase II of ATLAS is
Ship Management outsourced to B&N Nordsjofrakt. Grimaldi Group,
Naples becomes the largest ACL shareholder with 44%. All 5 vessels
completed dry-docking in Brest. Additional new service increases ACL's
portfolio to 7 weekly transatlantic sailings. ACL sold their stake of
49.5% in Columbus Intermodal Joint Venture. A record high Return On
Capital Employed (30%), compared with (12%) in '99.
Board of Directors increased to 6 members. ACL started a new, weekly
Container/RORO transshipment service from North America to West Africa.
The Grimaldi Group's shareholding exceeded the 45% threshold and
launched a mandatory bid for all the outstanding shares at NOK 97 per
share, then increased its stake in ACL to 81%, and then to 91%. ACL
started a new, weekly RORO transshipment service between North America
and the Mediterranean. ACL signed a multi-year contract with Virginia
Deutchland GmbH became a direct subsidiary of Atlantic Container Line
AB. The Oslo Stock Exchange resolved to de-list the company, following
a resolution from an extraordinary shareholders meeting. ACL Belgium
N.V. was renamed Atlantic Container Line Benelux, N.V., reflecting the
new geographical territory covered from the Antwerp office. AIM
(Automated Information Messenger), ACL's innovative e-commerce tool, is
introduced. ACL begins providing agency services for the Grimaldi Group
in the northern UK. ACL purchases the RORO multipurpose vessel,Grande Argentina and
time charters it to the Grimaldi Group. The Trans-Atlantic Conference
Agreement (TACA) receives antitrust clearance from the European
Commission after years of litigation. Atlantic Container Line LLC, a
U.S. limited liability company (LLC) is formed.
centralized its vessel planning and haz-mat screening departments to
Liverpool, England. ACL's vessels received their ISO 14001
Environmental Management Systems Certification. Atlantic Cartier and Atlantic Conveyorreflagged as Swedish vessels, putting the entire fleet of GIII-Class vessels under Swedish flag. ACL purchases theGrande Brasile and
time charters it to the Grimaldi Group. The ACL/Grimaldi logistical
operations were combined in Antwerp. ACL resigns from the Canadian
Conferences. ACL moved G-3 port operations in Halifax from Halterm to
G-3 vessels drydocked and performed extraordinary refurbishments in
accordance with Lloyd's Registry's (SLEP) Ship Life Extension Program
securing a classification rating consistent with vessels having an age
of between five and ten years. Licensed ATLAS, ACL's computer system to
an industry shipping Line.
Released I-ATLAS, ACL's NET based version of ATLAS. Purchased Eurostar Barcelona for charter to parent company Grimaldi Group. Concluded a long term contract agreement with the Port of Liverpool.
Direct Service to West Africa commenced. Purchased Grande Detroit, Grande Sicilia for
long term charter to Grimaldi Group. Transfers New York RORO port
operations from Maher Terminal to FAPS Terminal. Launched "TACS"
Terminal Handling & Accounting System.
becomes a wholly owned unit of The Grimaldi Group. ACL celebrates 40
years of service. G-3 vessels are drydocked as per their 3 year
schedule. Carried a record breaking cargo volume of 265,000 teus for
the year. New regulations require the use of low-sulfer fuel throughout
the European operating range. Purchase of Grande Africa for
charter to Grimaldi Group. ACL moved G3 port operations in New York
from Maher Terminal to PNCT and in Germany from Bremerhaven to
Hamburg's Unikai Terminal.
ACL sells Eurostar Barcelona. ACL purchased Grande Benelux and Grande Atlantico vessels
for long term charter to Grimaldi Group. ACL purchases a new
headquarters building in Westfield, NJ. New regulations enacted in
Brussels totally eliminates conference system in October. Project study
commences on G-4 (fourth generation) RORO/Containerships and IMA of
Denmark completes the new ACL CONRO design for ACL.
ACL reflags 4 Grande class vessels, which are on time-charter to Grimaldi, from Swedish to Gibraltar Registry.
commences rate restoration program after the worst year in the history
of container shipping. The ACL corporate headquarters is relocated to
Westfield, New Jersey. The G-3 container operations in New York moved
to APM Terminal. Phase out plan of carrier supplied chassis announced
in the USA. G-3's Atlantic Conveyor, Companion, Compass completed scheduled dry-dock. Ship management services for ACL's G-3 vessels switch to Bibby Ship Management.
moves G-3 port operations from Portsmouth, Virginia to Norfolk, VA.
Construction of 7x80' 150T special purpose mafi trailers constructed
for heavy duty project cargoes. Newly constructed, wholly-owned
ACL/Grimaldi office open in Antwerp.
ACL signs contract with Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding to build five G-4 RORO/Containerships.
added Baltic RORO service with Grimaldi sister-company, Finn Lines.
Company commences combination of European Documentation in North
America & Europe. Steel cutting for first ship, Atlantic Star begins.
Complete combining worldwide documentation in Liverpool, England. G-4 Vessel, Atlantic Star is launched.
Atlantic Star joins
the Company's transatlantic service December 9, 2015 at Unikai Terminal
in Hamburg after sailing from China at the end of October.