Since 1967, the pioneering spirit of Atlantic Container Line (ACL) has been the driving force that has made this company a leader in the North Atlantic trade. A specialised carrier of containers, project and oversized cargo, heavy equipment and vehicles, ACL was Europe's first containership operator. It currently deploys the world's five largest Ro/Ro-Containerships and is building replacement vessels that are significantly larger, more fuel efficient and more environmental friendly. ACL provides a portfolio of five weekly transatlantic sailings covering 16 ports in Northern Europe, the United States and Canada. Since 2001, following ACL's acquisition by the Grimaldi Group, the company has been offering container and Ro/Ro services between North America and West Africa, the Mediterranean and South America. It has further extended its Ro/Ro scope to include the Middle East, Far East and Australia.
Today the Grimaldi-ACL service combination is considered the premier Ro/Ro and container carrier between the USA and West Africa and the best Ro/Ro operator between North America and the Mediterranean. Approximately 5,000 customers use ACL's service each year. Over 400 staff members are located in ISO 9001 quality certified offices throughout Europe, the United States and Canada. ACL's vessels are ISO 9001 Environmental Quality Certified and ISM Safety and Environmental Quality Certified. The company maintains a fleet of 13,500 owned containers and Ro/Ro trailers. ACL's door-to-door pick-up and delivery services and customers-specific automation systems are an integral part of its transportation service.
ACL closely cooperates with the governmental authorities in North America and Europe to ad-dress the issue of increased security. The company complies with International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS), is a validated member of the U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program, and a participant in both the Canadian Customs' Partners in Protection Program and the Swedish Customs' Stairsec Program. ACL's President/Chief Ex-ecutive Officer is Andy Abbott.