Atlantic Companion approaches the MacKay bridge this afternoon after clearing Fairview Cove without tugs.
The ship had sailed from Liverpool originally on January 27, but while rounding north of Ireland the crew discovered some hull cracking. Rather than risking extra hull stress by turning around, the ship sailed south down the west coast of Ireland and back to Liverpool via St. George's Channel, arriving on January 31.
After a couple of days at Gladstone Dock for welding repairs, the ship went back to her berth at Seaforth and topped up or re-stowed cargo. The ship then resumed her voyage on February 3, sailing out into the same stormy waters that the Asian Emperor may have encountered [ see previous and following posts]
Atlantic Companion made her first call in Halifax March 27, 1984. Since then she was lengthened in 1987, renamed Companion Express from 1987 to 1999 and sailed to Montreal for a few years when ACL and Hapag-Lloyd tried out different routings. New ships are on order for ACL, for delivery in 2015 to replace Atlantic Companion and her four classmates.