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ADRIATICA FB Espresso Venezia 05_Stefanos Antoniadis

Photo © Stefanos Antoniadis, Igoumenitsa #1614

 

Ship

Espresso Venezia (1977)

Building Spec.

Cantieri Navali Luigi Orlando, Leghorn, Italy, 1977 – N° 145

Call Sign

 

IMO Number

7521651

GRT

8.069

DWT

2.250

Dimensions

125,7 x 18,5 x 5,21

Engines

2 Fiat – GMT 12c, 11.033 kW

Speed

21 knots

Passengers

953

Beds

335

Cars

320

Lane Metres

400

Sister Ships

Af Michela

Grecia (Aliaga, 2010)

Venezia (Aliaga, 2010)

Registry Port

Venice

Flag

Italian

Former Names/Own.

Chartered to Tirrenia Navigazione 1977-89

New Names/Own.

Espresso Malta – Tirrenia Navigazione 1990-94

PegasusVentouris Ferries 1994-99

Express DionysosMinoan Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2000-02

Express Pegasus – Hellas Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2002-05

Express Pegasus – Hellenic Seaways 2005à

Line

 

 

The ferry is the third of “Espressiro/pax family built at Orlando yards of Leghorn, a family divided into two subseries, the first of 1973/74, the second of years 1977/78. Probably intended to be built for Trans Tirreno Express, the most important customer of Leghorn-based shipbuilders, they were taken over by Adriatica, which was satisfacted by the earlier sisters, planning to use the two new sisters on Middle East services. Anyway the political situation in Middle East led Adriatica to charter the newer pair of sisters to the “cousins” of Tirrenia, a company which never end sto need ferries. Probably the charter was intended to be brief, being the ferry with full Adriatica colurs except for the funnel, painted in Tirrenia’s style: this hybrid livery lastex for all the charter period of the ferry, from 1977 to 1989, twelve years where the ferry was deployed almost everywhere in the Thyrrenian routes of the Italian State-owned company, particularly the Leghorn – Porto Torres, the Genoa – Arbatax and the Naples – Reggio Calabria – Catania – Syracuse – Malta. In 1989 Tirrenia decides to redelivery one of the chartered ferries to Adriatica, the “Espresso Venezia”, which was soon deployed on Brindisi – Corfu – Igoumenitsa line; she started the service with the orange-painted tunnel with the red and wthite stripes on the top, but without the distintive St. Mark’s Lion, which never appeared on this ship. In fact, the ferry was sold to Tirrenia in 1990, which renames her as “Espresso Malta” for Malta services; in the meantime the Naples-based company sent back the fourth “Espresso” sister to Adriatica. The ferry remained under Tirrenia colours until 1994; that year was sold to Ventouris Ferries, which deployed her as the “Pegasus” between Italy and Greece and, from 1996, sailing out of Piraeus to Western Cyclades. At the end of 1999 was sold to Minoan Flying Dolphins, which started operating her from 2000 under Hellas Ferries trademark and the name “Express Dionisos”. The ferry remained on its service until September 2004, when she was moved to cover the Piraeus – Syros – Mykonos – Ikaria – Samos line. In the meantime, was renamed “Express Pegasus” (2002) and ion 2005 she was repainted with the colours and trademarks of Hellenic Seaways, the new brand of Minoan Flying Dolphins/Hellas Ferries company.

 

TIRRENIA FB Espresso Venezia 01_Commis

TIRRENIA F/B Espresso Venezia – Photo from Commis’s collection #6471

 

ADRIATICA FB Espresso Venezia 02_ufficiale

Adriatica Navigazione official photo

 

VENTOURIS FERRIES FB Pegasus 01_Georges Pop

VENTOURIS FERRIES F/B Pegasus – Photo © Georges Pop, Patras

 

VENTOURIS FERRIES FB Pegasus 06_Fleet File Rotterdam

VENTOURIS FERRIES F/B Pegasus – Photo © Fleet File Rotterdam #8172

 

VENTOURIS FERRIES FB Pegasus 02_Gunnar Menzer

VENTOURIS FERRIES F/B Pegasus – Photo © Gunnar Menzer

 

HELLAS FERRIES M.F.D. FB Express Dionisos 05_Emilio Barenghi

MINOAN FLYING DOLPHINS / HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Dionisos – Photo © Emilio Barenghi

 

HELLAS FERRIES M.F.D. FB Express Dionisos 03_Pieter Inpijn

MINOAN FLYING DOLPHINS / HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Dionisos – Photo © Pieter Inpijn

 

HELLAS FERRIES H.F.D. FB Express Pegasus 02_Georges Pop

HELLAS FLYING DOLPHINS / HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Pegasus – Photo © Georges Pop

 

HELLAS FERRIES H.F.D. FB Express Pegasus 03_Ilias Ikaria 23Ot04

HELLAS FLYING DOLPHINS / HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Pegasus – Photo © Ilias Ikaria, Piraeus, 23/10/04 #1494

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Pegasus 22_Personale 27Mg06

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Pegasus – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 27/05/06 #4049

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Pegasus 24_Personale 29Mg06

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Pegasus – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 29/05/06 #4113

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Pegasus 29_Personale 29Ag07

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Pegasus – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 29/08/07 #7369

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Pegasus 30_Personale 29Ag07

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Pegasus – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 29/08/07 #7370

 

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