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F/B AF Michela

ADRIA FERRIES FB Af Michela 10_Personale 16Ag13

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 16/08/13 #13066

 

Ship

AF Michela (2012)

Building Spec.

1974 at Luigi Orlando yard, Leghorn, Italy, 1974 N° 138

Call Sign

ICTF

IMO Number

7325095

GRT

8.975

DWT

2.283

Dimensions

125,5 x 18,5 x 5,2

Engines

2 Fiat-GMT 14c. 10.297 kW

Speed

19 knots, 21 knots max

Passengers

830

Beds

600 in 189 cabins

Cars

221

Lane Metres

370

Sister Ships

Express Pegasus

Grecia (2010)

Venezia ( 2010)

Registry Port

Naples

Flag

Italy

Former Names/Own.

Espresso Cagliari Trans Tirreno Express 1974-76

Espresso Egitto Adriatica Navigazione (charter) 1976-80

Espresso Egitto Adriatica Navigazione 1980-91

Egitto Express Adriatica Navigazione 1991-04

Chartered to Hellenic Mediterranean Lines Summer 2001 and 2002

Riviera Del Conero Adria Ferries 2004-07/2012

New Names/Own.

Lampedusa Traghetti delle Isole 04/2015ŕ

Line

 

First Adria Ferries-owned vessel, was bought in July 2004 from Adriatica. Originally serving Trans Tirreno Express routes ad the “Espresso Cagliari”, was wearing Adriatica colours from 1976 to 2004, being renamed from “Espresso Egitto” to “Egitto Express” after the refit which substantially altered its well-known classic line in 1991. After the purchase by Adria Ferries on 26th July, 2004 the ferry was renamed “Riviera del Conero”, a name obviously chosen to remind the origins of Adria Ferries owners, a pool of businessmen of Ancona and Marche district; the name of the ferry is the name of Ancona coast; moreover the Italian flag was abandoned to join the Panama one. During her eight-year period as “Riviera del Conero” she had an ordinary career, serving the Ancona – Durres line almost always, except for a period between 2005 and 2006, when she was afflicted by some technical problems. Sometimes serving also the Bari – Durres line after her inauguration in December 2008, was later converted to comply to the Stockholm Agreement and, in 2012, she was reflagged to Italy, being also renamed “AF Michela”. Since then, she continued serving Ancona line, sailing along the new fleet-mate “AF Marina” and serving sometimes also Bari. In 2015, there were strong rumours about a sale of this ferry to Siremar, the former State-owned company, now privatized, which serves the small islands around Sicily, but despite of those rumours, the “AF Michela” was sold in April to Traghetti delle Isole and renamed “Lampedusa”, planning to serve on a daily basis the islands of Lampedusa and Linosa from Porto Empedocle; this anyway happened only after a long period of repairs, which lasted until January 22nd, 2016. Soon after, was moved to another Traghetti delle Isole link, the line between Trapani and Pantelleria island, a service where the ferry is still running except for a period between November 2017 and April 2019, when she was off-duty due to engine troubles.

 

Photo Gallery

 

TRANS TIRRENO EXPRESS FB Espresso Cagliari 01_Commis coll

 

 

Commis collection

From Wikimedia Commons

 

TRANS TIRRENO EXPRESS – Espresso Cagliari (1974-1976)

 

 

a10439e3 Espresso Egitto

Espresso Egitto (500) nw

Venice

 

Pieter Inpijn collection

Fleet File Rotterdam

 

ADRIATICA – Espresso Egitto (1976-1991)

 

 

ADRIATICA DI NAVIGAZIONE FB Egitto Express

ADRIATICA NAVIGAZIONE FB Egitto Express

 

Patras, 30/07/1995

Official Postcard

Michele Lulurgas

 

ADRIATICA – Egitto Express (1991-2004)

 

 

Riviera Del Conero

ADRIATIC FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 03_Dominik Wagner 25Ot04

Ancona, 25/10/2004

Ancona, 25/10/2004

Dominik Wagner

Dominik Wagner

 

ADRIA FERRIES – Riviera del Conero (2004-2005)

 

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 15_Personale 23Gi07

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 21_Personale 03Ap10

Ancona, 23/06/2007

Ancona, 03/04/2010

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

 

ADRIA FERRIES – Riviera del Conero (2006-2011)

 

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 31_Personale 28Gi11

Ancona, 28/06/2011

Ancona, 28/06/2011

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

 

ADRIA FERRIES – Riviera del Conero (2011-2012)

 

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Af Michela 01_Erald Spahiu 13Ag12

ADRIA FERRIES FB Af Michela 03_Personale 16Ag13

Durres, 13/08/2012

Durres, 15/08/2012

Ancona, 16/08/2013

Ancona, 16/08/2013

Ancona, 16/08/2013

Ancona, 16/08/2013

Erald Spahiu

Erald Spahiu

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancona, 16/08/2013

Ancona, 16/08/2013

 

 

 

 

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

 

 

 

ADRIA FERRIES – AF Michela (2012-2015)

 

 

Trapani, 31/12/2015

Trapani, 02/01/2016

Carsten Dettmer

Carsten Dettmer

 

TRAGHETTI DELLE ISOLE – Lampedusa (2015ŕ)

 

 

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