THE Atlantic Container Line (ACL) won a contract from Boeing Defence UK to transport seven Chinook helicopters across the Atlantic from the US to Liverpool.
The helicopters will be used by the Ministry of Defence in the UK and the project involved 12 Chinooks in total.
Each helicopter was towed on to the ACL ship at Baltimore and taken across the Atlantic one at a time. After being discharged on to the quay at Liverpool, the helicopters were taken to the railhead where they were made flight-worthy before taking off from the port and flying direct to RAF Odiham.
Boeing Defence UK had set up a workshop for its team of engineers on the port’s site, and overall, the project took about three months to complete. ACL, which has used Liverpool since 1969, is part of the Grimaldi Group of Italy. (Peel Ports)