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ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 34_Personale 28Gi11

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona sea, 28/06/2011 #11096

 

Ship

Riviera del Conero (2004)

Building Spec.

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

Call Sign

H8QY (ŕ11/2011)

5BMG3 (12/2011ŕ)

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 (Scrapped in 2010)

Venezia (Scrapped in 2010)

Registry Port

Panama (ŕ11/2011)

Limassol (12/2011ŕ)

Flag

Panama (ŕ11/2011)

Cyprus (12/2011ŕ)

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

New Names/Own.

AF Michela Adria Ferries 07/2012ŕ

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. The only noticeable alteration of the livery was the disappearance of sand-brown and red stripes on the superstructure, plus of the repainting of mainmast and tunnel with the new company’s colours, and her laid-up period at Trieste ends on August, when the ferry finally enters service. She ran successfully on her new service until the beginning of 2005 summer, when she was stopped by some engine trouble; after some survey she seemed to be seriously damaged and the repair work appears to be unprofitable, so the ferry was laid up in Croatia awaiting its destiny, replaced on its service. The ferry made a very surprising comeback after its repairing work and wearing the full Adria Ferries livery as on “Riviera Adriatica”. Actually the ferry is employed on AnconaDurres line, replaced by the “Riviera Adriatica” on wintertime, leaving Ancona on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 19.00, arriving at Durres the next day at 13.00 and leaving back at 19.00. On peak seasons (end of August and Christmas time) the three-times a week departure timetable is abandoned for an alternate days departure one. At the beginning of 2011, was refitted to be Stockholm-compliant, with the addition of a duck-tail at stern; as long as the ferry had some troubles in the past, this decision was very surprising, but it surely would give some other years of life to this interesting vessel; during the same refit her swimming pool was sealed, depriving the ship of one of her best corners; some sofas were placed on the lido deck. After being initially reflagged to Cyprus in 2011, the following year was renamed “AF Michela” and reflagged to Italy.

 

TRANS TIRRENO EXPRESS FB Espresso Cagliari 01_Commis coll

TRANS TIRRENO EXPRESS F/B Espresso Cagliari – Photo from Commis collection  #5988

 

a10439e3 Espresso Egitto

ADRIATICA NAVIGAZIONE F/B Espresso Egitto – Photo from Pieter Inpijn’s collection

 

Espresso Egitto (500) nw

ADRIATICA NAVIGAZIONE F/B Espresso Egitto – Photo by courtesy of Fleet File Rotterdam

 

ADRIATICA DI NAVIGAZIONE FB Egitto Express

ADRIATICA NAVIGAZIONE F/B Egitto Express – Official Adriatica di Navigazione postcard

 

ADRIATICA NAVIGAZIONE FB Egitto Express

ADRIATICA NAVIGAZIONE F/B Egitto Express – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Patras port, 30/07/95 #11

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 04_Egidio Ferrighi 27Ag04

Photo © Egidio Ferrighi, Ancona, 27/08/04 #1451

 

Riviera Del Conero

Photo © Dominik Wagner, Ancona, 25/10/04 #1394

 

ADRIATIC FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 03_Dominik Wagner 25Ot04

Photo © Dominik Wagner, Ancona, 25/10/04 #1395

 

Riviera del Conero

 Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 25/05/2006 #3901

 

Riviera del Conero

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 25/05/2006 #3903

 

Riviera del Conero

 Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 25/05/2006 #3904

 

Riviera Del Conero

 Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 25/05/2006 #3906

 

Riviera Del Conero

 Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 25/05/2006 #3907

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 14_Personale 02No06

 Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 02/11/2006 #4669

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 15_Personale 23Gi07

 Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 23/06/2007 #6738

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 17_Personale 29Ma10

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 03/04/2010 #9321

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 20_Personale 03Ap10

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 03/04/2010 #9602

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 21_Personale 03Ap10

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 03/04/2010 #9603

 

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Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 03/04/2010 #9605

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 24_Personale 03Ap10

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 03/04/2010 #9606

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 26_Personale 03Ap10

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 03/04/2010 #9608

 

ADRIA FERRIES FB Riviera del Conero 31_Personale 28Gi11

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona sea, 28/06/2011 #11093

 

Photo © Erald Spahiu, Durres #12549

 

ADRIA FERRIES F/B AF Michela – Photo © Erald Spahiu, Durres, 13/08/2012 #12547

 

ADRIA FERRIES F/B AF Michela – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 16/08/2013 #13059

 

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