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Atlantic Container Line announces faster service between Ireland and North America

Atlantic Container Line has announced a new partnership with BG Freight Line and Peel Ports to significantly improve cargo transit times and reliability between Ireland (Belfast and Dublin) and North America.

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The new service promises to deliver cargo one to two weeks faster than existing transatlantic options from these Irish ports. This improvement is attributed to several factors.

Firstly, the service utilises Liverpool as the first and last port of call in Europe, eliminating time spent at intermediate European ports. Secondly, Liverpool’s location is geographically closer to both Dublin and Belfast compared to continental ports, reducing sailing time and fuel consumption. Additionally, ACL and BGFL have coordinated their schedules to minimise connection times in Liverpool, ensuring smooth transitions between their vessels. Finally, the service receives priority berthing and crane access at Liverpool to guarantee consistent weekly connections.

This collaboration brings together ACL’s extensive experience at the Port of Liverpool (spanning 57 years) with BGFL and Peel Ports, which operate the key marine terminals in Dublin, Liverpool, and Belfast. This combined expertise is expected to ensure reliable performance across the entire shipping chain.

The company highlights several advantages for shippers using this new service. Significantly faster cargo delivery times are promised compared to existing options.

Also, the optimised connections and port prioritisation aim to enhance schedule consistency and reliability. Finally, shippers can expect ACL’s established reputation for high-quality customer service.

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