Ship Visits: 20060724, 20061211, 20061212

R. Michael Reynolds
Last Edit: 2006-12-12


M/V Atlantic Companion The Atlantic Companion, owned by the Atlantic Container Line, began cross Atlantic container transport in 1984 and in that time has never lost a container while at sea. The ATC was built in Sweden in 1984. It is 292 m long, 32.3 m maximum beam, and the draft is nominally 9.75 m with a maximum of 11.6 m with a full load. At this time the Master is Greger Wigur, the Chief Officer is Tobias Karlson, and the Crief Engineer is Mats Hogblom. Mats will be our primary point of contact. The route, which the ship has maintained for years, includes Bremerhaven, Liverpool, Portsmith, Halifax, Newark (New York), and Baltimore.

Forecastle After a review of the possible locations for the ISAR the top of the forecastle looks like the best location for the ISAR. Weather conditions on this route can be extreme. Last year the ship had four hurricanes in three months and the winter storms regularly produce waves that bury the bow area. The top of the forecastle is usually free of green water although on one occasion the floodlight on the forward port side at the top of the forecastle was washed overboard.

The cables can run down the forecastle into a protected cabinet two decks below.

Forecastle cableway. The cableway has space for three small cables. We estimate the cable length from ISAR to the instrument panel to be 30 m. Three cables will be required: (1) 13.5 VDC power. (2) ISAR digital. (3) Iridium SBD modem digital cable.

Deck penetration. The cables penetrate through the main deck in a rubber compression box (Rox Box). There is room for our cables but plenty of time must be set aside for these two boxes.

Instrument Panel. The computer and power system will be placed in this instrument rack which is two floors below the forecastle. The open space in the 19 inch rack is available.

M/V Atlantic Companion This photo of the starboard side of the AC shows the impressive size. The longer containers are 40 feet long (12 m). The containers are locked into place by the ship superstructure. Once clamped down it is virtually impossible for a container to accidentally fall overboard.