Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Atlantic Sea - still here

Teething problems continue withe the new ACL G4 ships.  The Atlantic Sea arrived in Halifax on Sunday March 26, and was scheduled to depart that evening. However the departure has been put off on a daily basis and may now sail tomorrow - March 31.
When the ship was here in December it was held in port with mechanical issues. It was also allowed to sail with one missing anchor.

 File photo of the Atlantic Sea in November 2016.

The third of five new 4th generation ships, Atlantic Sea is not the only ship in the group to have problems. Both Atlantic Star (1st in the series) and Atlantic Sail have also had mechanical issues and at least one has had a stern ramp malfunction, and a premature drydocking.

Delivery of the 4th and 5th ships of the G4 class have been delayed by many months. Vessel tracking sites show both ships still in China, where they were built by Hudong-Zhonghua in Shanghai.  Atlantic Sky (4th ship) was finally delivered to ACL on March 22, but is still weeks away from sailing on its first trip. The final ship, Atlantic Sun had sea trials in November but has not been handed over yet. 

Meanwhile veteran Atlantic Cartier is due in Halifax tomorrow, but fleet mate Atlantic Conveyor departed Norfolk today heading directly for Liverpool, without a call in Halifax. This could mean she is on her last voyage - save one: the trip to the breakers.


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