Ritec Retrospective: Atlantic Conveyor Container Ship

The Cunard-owned Atlantic Conveyor container ship was built by Swan Hunter in Tyne and Wear, UK in 1985. With a length of 234m / 768ft (later extended to 276m / 906ft), she replaced her namesake that was sunk during the 1982 Falklands War.

The ship’s exterior glass was treated on-site in October 1987 with Ritec ClearShield® ’non-stick’, easy-clean glass surface protection to improve visibility in harsh marine conditions. Two years earlier, ClearShield® was applied to glass on another Cunard ship, Queen Elizabeth 2, with impressive results.

Cunard’s then-Chief Officer, J K Brocklehurst, was very impressed with the performance of ClearShield® on Atlantic Conveyor. In a testimonial letter to Ritec in January 1988, he wrote:

“Just a line to say how impressed all on Conveyor are with ClearShield.

The improvement in visibility through our bridge windows, in rain and heavy weather, has to be seen to be believed. A further bonus is not having to use precious man-power to wash the windows… we have just completed two winter crossings of the North Atlantic without having to once wash them manually.

It is truly pleasing to see a product that really lives up to its marketing promises.”

The marine environment is one of the harshest conditions for ordinary glass to be exposed to. But if it is treated with proven ClearShield® that upgrades it to ‘non-stick’ ClearShield Eco-Glass®, you can be sure it is the best protection around!

For more information about ClearShield®, visit www.ritec.co.uk.

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