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ADRIATICA FB Palladio 05_Commis coll

Photo from Commis’s collection, Venice #5967

 

Ship

Palladio (1989)

Building Spec.

Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani, Ancona, Italy, 1989 – N° 5864

Call Sign

ICZE

IMO Number

8705694

GRT

10.977

DWT

2.300

Dimensions

122 x 19,4 x 5,31

Engines

2 Fiat-GMT 6c., 7.059 kW

Speed

15 knots (max 17 knots)

Passengers

1.100

Beds

348 in 158 cabins

Cars

276

Lane Metres

400

Sister Ships

Laurana

Sansovino

Registry Port

Venice

Flag

Italian

Former Names/Own.

 

New Names/Own.

Palladio – Siremar Sicilia Regionale Marittima 2004-08/2012

Chartered to Tirrenia divisione Adriatica 2004

Palladio – Siremar Compagnia delle Isole 08/2012à

Line

 

 

Introduced in 1989, was the first of a pair of sisters, while later also a third sister vessel joined the family. The ferry was designed under the “economy” keyword: her internal spaces and furnishings have a quite low-quality standards, recalling the poor design of some 1960s’s costructions, even if they were sometimes appreciated; her mechanical standard was very poor: no double-bottom hull, no stern thrusters, no bow thrusters and, above all, a cruise speed of 15/16 knots, while the top speed was 17, a feature chosen to have very-low operating costs on services where a great speed was not required as those operated at the time of the delivery: Trieste – Durres, Trieste – Zadar, Venice – Zadar, Venice – Split, AnconaZadar, Ancona – Split, Ancona – Dubrovnik – Bari; but if the low speed was not a problem on the routes operated in monopoly service or with the older vessels of Strintzis Lines and Jadrolinija as competitors, it became so when, a few years later, was redeployed on the Italy - Greece link together with the sister “Sansovino”. The question is, anyway, how was it possible that the ferry costed 90 billions of Italian Lires in 1989, which, according to Istat, the Italian National Institute for Statistics, are 85 millions Euros of 2009. In 1994, after the introduction of F/B Egitto Express on Brindisi routes, was substituted on her originary link Brindisi -  Corfu - Igoumenitsa by the “Sansovino” and placed on Bari - Durres line. Again on Italy  - Greece in 1997 replacing F/B Laurana (Brindisi - Corfu - Igoumenitsa - Patras), soon returned to Italy - Albania line, which was operated with F/B Laurana until June 2003 when, after the sale of “Espresso Venezia” and the disposal of “Sansovino” to the Sicilian local operator Si.Re.Mar., was diverted on Ancona services, sailing to Split, Bar and Durres, then, from July 2004, sailing only to Split; the strong rumours that wanted her to be acquired by Ventouris family to link Rafina with Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Ikaria and Samos remained only rumours. On September 2004 was repainted with Siremar colours, being transferred to the Sicilian company part of Tirrenia Group which links Sicily with smaller islands of Sicily district. The ferry was also equipped with stern thrusters; she started serving the Porto EmpedocleLinosaLampedusa line in December after a short final spell in Adriatic between Ancona and Split; that service lasted only a week when, due to problems occurred to the ferry “Vincenzo Florio”, was moved on Naples – Palermo service of Tirrenia; however her trailer capacity was not adequate and, after a month, was back in Siremar hands where she serves alternatively the Naples – Eolie islands – Milazzo or the Porto EmpedocleLinosaLampedusa lines. On this latter service the “Palladio” was involved in an incredible accident: on March 6th, 2010, during the mooring operations at Porto Empedocle, the stern ramp opened itself, probably due to a broken rope, and falled sinking into the sea, just between the ferry and the quay: luckily the hull of the ferry was not damaged and the passengers were later safely disembarked by a side door, being only forced to wait 24 hours to get back their cars which were “trapped” in the garage of the ferry. This accident was only the first happened in a long serie of misfortunes: on August 2012 a main engine had a fault, which led also to a strong scuffle between the crew and the angry passengers which were left stranded; after a long period out of service, the “Palladio” was back, and on February 6th, 2013, while sailing from Pelagian islands to Porto Empedocle, a fire broke out in the engine room, when the vessel was four nautical miles far from Sicily, it seems due to the explosion of a fuel pipe, which spreaded fuel on hot surfaces. Luckily, this didn’t had consequences for the 37 passengers and the crew, but the “Palladio” needed the assistance of a tug to reach the port. After more than a year from the fire, the “Palladio” is still far from her usual service, being also re-engineed by Fincantieri, which gained a contract from the owners to fit new ecological generators and main engines. But, I think, the people of Pelagian islands, hope also efficient ones.

 

ADRIATICA FB Palladio 06_Jeanburlon

Ship plan from Jeanburlon’s collection #6448

 

ADRIATICA FB Palladio 07_Fleet File Rotterdam

Photo © Fleet File Rotterdam, Split, 1989 #8170

 

ADRIATICA NAVIGAZIONE FB Palladio 01

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Corfu Island, 12/07/97 #24

 

ADRIATICA NAVIGAZIONE FB Palladio 02

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Patras Port, 01/09/97 #25

 

Palladio

Photo © Gunnar Menzer

 

ADRIATICA FB Palladio 04_Personale 04Ot03

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 04/10/03 #5858

 

ADRIATICA FB Palladio 08_Erald Spahiu

Photo © Erald Spahiu, Durres #8388

 

ADRIATICA FB Palladio 09_Erald Spahiu

Photo © Erald Spahiu, Durres #8389

 

SIREMAR FB Palladio 01_personale 24No04

SIREMAR F/B Palladio – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Ancona, 24/11/04 # 1719

 

SIREMAR FB Palladio 07_Daniele Alletto

SIREMAR F/B Palladio – Photo © Daniele Alletto, Porto Empedocle #4486

 

SIREMAR FB Palladio 08_Gianpaolo Pesarini 01Se10

SIREMAR F/B Palladio – Photo © Gianpaolo Pesarini, Lampedusa, 01/09/10 #13536

 

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