ACL 40' Standard height (8'6") Smooth-side containers . JTC # 405651

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405651 ACL - ATLANTIC CONTAINER LINES 40' Standard height (8'6") Smooth-side (riveted) containers . 1:160 scale. ERA: Late 1960s to Early 1990s.


For 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.

1965-67 A consortium of five major European steamship companies joined 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.

1969-70. ACL becomes the only ocean carrier to handle both containerized and un-containerized cargo with multiple sailings each week to/from every major port in Europe.

1971-73 ACL introduces its simplified alternative to the bill of lading, "Datafreight Receipt," the first electronically transmitted documentation system.

 1975-78 ACL introduces direct service to the Canadian ports of Montreal and Halifax.

1984-87 Five, newly constructed ACL G-3 (third generation) RORO/Containerships, the largest of their kind in the world (2160 TEUs), enter the North Atlantic service.

1989-90 Corporate 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.

1991-93 In a move to restore profitability, ACL streamlines its operations, concentrating solely on its core North Atlantic market.

 1996 ACL's pretax profit almost doubles. The company continues to gain financial strength. 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.

2000 -2002 ACL Ship Management outsourced to B&N Nordsjofrakt. Grimaldi Group, Naples becomes the largest ACL shareholder with 44%.  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 International Terminal.

2002  ACL purchases the RORO multipurpose vessel, Grande Argentina and time charters it to the Grimaldi Group. Atlantic Container Line LLC, a U.S. limited liability company (LLC) is formed.

2006 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.

2007 ACL becomes a wholly owned unit of The Grimaldi Group. ACL celebrates 40 years of service. ACL moved G3 port operations in New York from Maher Terminal to PNCT and in Germany from Bremerhaven to Hamburg's Unikai Terminal.

2008 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.

Model Features;

  • All New Standard Height, 8'6", Tooling; Smooth-side panel design (Riveted).
  •  Multiple door end, front end and roof configurations.
  • IBC(Inter-Box Connecting pins) in scale ISO locations.
  • JTC Magnetic connecting system: 3-magnets bottom & metal top plate.
  • Detailed printing as per photographs.
  • Models come in packages of TWO, unless noted otherwise.
  • The IBC pins Mate with JTC 40' open top containers with Magnets, JTC 20' containers with Magnets; Atlas 40 container, JTC Flatrack containers, JTC 53' and 48' containers and future Jacksonville Terminal Company containers.
  • Compatible with JTC Retro-fit underframe kits to stack M-T and S-T brand containers on top. 

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