Ro/Ro Anglia Express

Photo © Paul Morgan, Hull, 17/09/1978 #22644



Anglia Express (1976)

Charter 1976-78

Building Spec.

Hayashikane Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd.,

Shimonoseki, Japan, 1976 – N° 1198

Call Sign


IMO Number







147,61 x 22,84 x 6,6


1 Mitsubishi – MAN 16V52-55 4S, 11.768 kW


20 knots (22,4 max)







Lane Metres


Sister Ships

Hellenic Carrier (scrapped in 2010)

Hellenic Trader (scrapped in 2013)

Italroro One (scrapped in 2011)

Italroro Two (scrapped in 2011)

Registry Port




Former Names/Own.

Anglia Express – Società Mototraghetti Mediterranea 1976-78

New Names/Own.

Sicilia – Tirrenia Navigazione 01/1990-09/2006

Sicilia – Italroro / Puglia Navigazione 09/2006-2007

Italroro Three – Italroro / Puglia Navigazione 2007-06/2011

Scrapped at Aliaga, Turkey 07/2011




The “Anglia Express” belongs to the family of three ro/ros built in Japan for Società Mototraghetti Mediterranea, which charters and soon sells the vessels to Adriatica Navigazione. The vessels are substantially sisters of two other ro/ros built by Hayashikane of Shimonoseki for Japanese Shipowners, being different only for the enclosed upper garage, which cuts away from the three “Italian” sisters 150 lane metres of available space for cargo. The ship starts her career on the Northern Europe line, connecting Leghorn, Genoa and Marseille with Hull, Felixstowe and Rotterdam; when the service was closed the “Anglia Express” was transferred to Middle East services, until 1984, when she was first chartered to Sitra, sailing from Palermo to Genoa and, later, to La Spezia, then usually employed on Thyrrenian services before of being sold to Tirrenia, in 1990, as their “Sicilia”. Under this name (even if the old one was still easily readable) was employed on the routes to Sardinia and Sicily, but, before her en-bloc sale with her sisters to Puglia Navigazione in 2006, was used also on an Adriatic route, the Venice (Marghera) – Catania. After her sale, was maintained for a while under the previous Tirrenia-name, and, in the same time, rebuilt at Genoa where the covering of the upper garage was removed in order to increase her cargo capacity. Finally deployed on BariMersin line, linking Italy with South Anatolia, as the “Italroro Three”, she stayed on her designated route until March 2007, when the company stopped its services due to the overestimation of commercial traffic and the following bad results, then entering the charter market. On October 2007 the ferry was chartered to Co.Tu.Nav for Genoa – Rades link, the following month was chartered for 6+6 months to Dimaiolines, which intended to link Campania with Sardinia, sailing twice a week from Napoli to Cagliari and once from Napoli to Olbia. During this period, she was also reunited to some of her old Tirrenia-mates in some sailings from Naples to Caralis carrying garbage after the 2008 garbage emergency happened in Naples hinterland. At the end of Dimaiolines charter, the “Italroro Three” was again offered for charters, even if at the end of 2008 the real aim of the owners was to find a buyer for the vessels due to its financial difficulties. In November 2008 the “Italroro Three” was chartered for a GenoaLagos sailing, carrying both brand-new Volvo trucks and second-hand ones to Nigeria, but once the ramp was closed, the ferry was arrested by Genoa Court for a 800.000 Euros debt of Puglia di Navigazione. Volvo had to pay more money to get back the trucks, and the ship’s crew had to survive aboard without money, getting some aid by other seamen and from no-profit organizations like Stella Maris Seamen’s Club of Genoa. At the beginning of 2009 OM Roroline, a Dutch company which intended to establish a line between Toulon, Sousse and Tripolis, was close to define an agreement to buy all the three Italroro ships; their photos appeared on company’s website and also the new names intended for the ferries were revealed, “Lenna” and “Noor”; anyway, the first amount announced for the sale, 20 Millions Euro, was not confirmed and an agreement was found for nearly 9 millions Euro. Anyway, Puglia di Navigazione and OM Roroline didn’t found an agreement on some pending payments, and the sale was stopped. With all the three sisters still laid-up, Bari court, which now is responsible on the Company stated an auction for the sale of the ferry on June 29th, with 3.620.000 Euros as starting price for “Italroro Three”. After the failure of this auction, the ferry was newly auctioned on October 26th, 2010, with a starting price of 2.896.000 Euro, finding again no buyers; this led the broker “Ferrando & Massone” to establish a new auction with a starting price of 1.200.000 Euros for January 25th, 2011; finally on June 2011 the Turkish tug “Emre Omur” arrived in Genoa to tow the ferry to her final destination, Aliaga.


Photo Gallery


ADRIATICA RoRo Angia Express 01_Jeanburlon 1981

Suez, 25/05/1979

Venice, 1981

La Spezia, 15/02/1986

Chris Howell

Jeanburlon’s collection

Carlo Martinelli


ADRIATICA – Anglia Express (1976-1988)



Genoa, 16/05/1989

Carlo Martinelli


TIRRENIA NAVIGAZIONE – Anglia Express (1989-1990)



TIRRENIA RoRo Sicilia 01_Commis

Genoa, 06/07/1992

Genoa, 1997

Carlo Martinelli

Commis’s collection


TIRRENIA NAVIGAZIONE – Sicilia (1990-2006)



ITALRORO RoRo Italroro Three 03_Personale 07Ot09

ITALRORO RoRo Italroro Three 09_Personale 27Ma10

Genoa, 07/10/2009

Genoa, 27/03/2010

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas


ITALRORO PUGLIA DI NAVIGAZIONE – Italroro Three (2007-2011)


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