Atlantic Container Line 1967-2017

Publisher: Coastal Shipping ISBN: 978-1-902953-83-0

A 50 year journey of innovative excellence

by Philip Parker

ACL’s first 50 years have been rich with many industry innovations, history-making events and a very interesting cast of characters.

Philip Parker, following on a long career managing ACL’s Marine Operations, has chronicalled the creation and growth of the company over those first 50 years. He has shifted through mountains of documents and photographs and created this fascinating story of a successful company.

ACL’s first half century took place during an adventurous time in maritime history. Containerisation revolutionised the shipping industry and ACL was the first European carrier (second overall) to embrace the concept with dedicated container ships. Today ACL is the longest continually operating container line in existence, with one of the most enviable financial performances in the entire shipping industry. Its unique business model, its unique vessels and its experienced and talented people continue to set standards by which other operators are measured.

This is an excellent book and I would very highly recommend it.



Published by:

Coastal Shipping
400 Nore Road
BS20 8EZ


Hardback: A4, 144pp illustrated

Price: £19.50



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