Getting YYZ from France to the USA

 Atlantic Concert

Atlantic Concert

YYZ was made at the Jeanneau factory in Les Herbiers, France.  At the end of February, she was loaded, rig down, onto the Swedish-flagged ACL Cargo ship, appropriately named "Atlantic Concert". She is a 300m "RoRo" (roll-on roll-off) container carrier. She stopped in a few ports in Northern Europe before finally leaving Liverpool to cross the North Atlantic. She steamed at an average speed of 12-13 knots, following what looked like a great circle route, initially west-south-west, which took her within 500 miles of the Azores and then west-north-west just over the Grand Banks to Halifax (YHZ). Environment Canada had a gale warning in effect and the weather buoys distributed around the Grand Banks reported 9-16 foot seas and westerly winds (on the nose) of 35 knots.

After making Halifax on Monday March 3rd, Atlantic Concert made her way to Newark (EWR) and finally to the Port of Baltimore (BWI), where YYZ was unloaded. From there, YYZ was taken by truck (and three escort vehicles) to the shipyard in New London CT where she would undergo commissioning for several weeks.

Some have asked why we didn't have YYZ unloaded in Newark, being closer to New London. The reason is simple: Newark is an enormous port where shipping companies have to compete for priority, whereas Baltimore is a smaller port and the Beneteau group is a big fish. Since YYZ had to be trucked by land anyway, it didn't really make a huge difference whether she started from BWI or EWR.