f/b sansovino


Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Igoumenitsa, 11/08/94  #34



Sansovino (1989)

Building Spec.

Fincantieri – Cantieri Navali Italiani, Ancona, Italy, 1989 – N° 5865

Call Sign


IMO Number







122 x 19,4 x 5,31


2 Fiat-GMT 6c., 7.059 kW


15 knots (max 17 knots)




348 in 158 cabins



Lane Metres


Sister Ships



Registry Port




Former Names/Own.

Chartered to Siremar Sicilia Regionale Marittima 2003

Chartered to Adria Ferries 2004

New Names/Own.

Sansovino – Siremar Sicilia Regionale Marittima 2004-07

Chartered to Tirrenia divisione Adriatica 2004

Santa Maria I – G Lines 2007-10

Adriatica King – Albanian Ferries 2010-08/2014

SansovinoSiremar Compagnia delle Isole 08/2014à




Launched in 1989, soon entered in service between AnconaDubrovnik and DubrovnikBari line, but also linking Ancona to Zadar and Split, and from these ports to Venice and Trieste, alternating her service with those of her sister “Palladio”. An urban legend tells that this family of ferries, composed by three sisters of which the “Sansovino” is the second, was built with the intention to be powered by a new experimental engine designed by Fiat – GMT, of which six units were already built, an engine which promised to be, according to the builder, very economic to run. The market anyway didn’t welcomed very well the project, and the Italian Government decided to help Fiat by ordering three ferries for Adriatica equipped by these engines. Anyway, it seems that the fuel consumption is not so ridiculous as the cruise-speed is. The “Sansovino” was deployed on Jugoslavia routes during her first period of service; she left Jugoslavia from October 1990 to March 1991, when she replaced the “Espresso Egitto” on Venice – Greece – Egypt line, and definitively in 1992, when Adriatica suspended Jugoslavian lines due to the civil war broken out in Balkans; was then deployed on the direct Brindisi – Patras link. Replaced in 1994 by the faster “Egitto Express”, was put on Brindisi - Corfu - Igoumenitsa route first, then, in 1996, was put on the new estabilished services from Ancona to Split in Croatia, Bar in Jugoslavia and Durres in Albania. On July 2003, due to the problems occurred to Si.Re.Mar.’s “Paolo Veronese”, was transferred to the Sicilian state-owned ferry line to connect Porto Empedocle, in southern Sicily, to Linosa and Lampedusa; however this ferry was not adequate to the ferry connection she was engaged in, and in December 2003 she remained at sea for three days trying to approach Lampedusa, being impossible due to the rough sea and the absence of lateral propellers on her. After the great troubles of that sailing it seems that the “Paolo Veronese” was repaired, so the ferry was transferred again to Ancona services, running in pair with the sister “Palladio” to Split and Durres. After the take-over of Adriatic services by Tirrenia Navigazione, the Ancona – Durres line was closed due to, according Tirrenia’s opinion, the losses on the route; subsequently Adria Ferries acquired the former “Egitto Express” to operate on this service and, then, demonstrating the high losses claimed by Tirrenia on that service, they chartered also the “Sansovino” which was spare on that moment, to answer the high-demand of services. Back from Adria Ferries’s charter, the ferry was finally transferred to Si.Re.Mar., intended for their Naples – Milazzo service, calling enroute to Salina, Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli islands, but, after being repainted at Ravenna in Siremar’s colours, the ferry was deployed on AnconaSplit line due to the big problems and refittings needed by Tirrenia vessels. Delivered to the Sycilian company at the end of May 2005, was assigned to the Porto Empedocle – Linosa – Lampedusa line, where she was operated also in 2003, however, after only 15 days of service she ran aground approaching Linosa island, damaging a propeller and an engine, and then sent to Messina for repairs. After a long lay-up, at the end of 2007 was sold to G Lines and deployed between Bari and Durres as their “Santa Maria I”. In 2010 she was sold, being renamed “Adriatica King” for Albanian Ferries. Also this spell of service wasn’t successful, so after seven years, in August 2014, the ferry was brought back to Siremar, now under private ownership, regaining her former name, “Sansovino”.



Photo © Greecefinikunda



Photo © Gunnar Menzer


ADRIATICA FB Sansovino 09_Daniele Alletto

Photo © Daniele Alletto, Linosa #35


sansovino vigata

Photo © Daniele Alletto, Porto Empedocle #36


SIREMAR FB Sansovino 01_Maria Cristina Margheri 02Ap04

SIREMAR F/B Sansovino – Photo © Maria Cristina Margheri, Ancona, 02/04/05 #1625


SIREMAR FB Sansovino 04_Maria Cristina Margheri 02Ap04

SIREMAR F/B Sansovino – Photo © Maria Cristina Margheri, Ancona, 02/04/05 #1628


G LINES FB Santa Maria I 01_Apostolos Kaknis 06No07

G LINES F/B Santa Maria I  just arrived in Greece – Photo © Apostolos Kaknis, Perama, 06/11/07 #7878


G LINES FB Santa Maria I 04_Erald Spahiu 21Ge08

G LINES F/B Santa Maria I  – Photo © Erald Spahiu, Bari, 21/01/08 #8394


G LINES FB Santa Maria I 15_Erald Spahiu 21Ge08

G LINES F/B Santa Maria I  – Photo © Erald Spahiu, Bari, 21/01/08 #8405


FB Adriatica King 02_Leonardos Varthalitis 28Ot10

ALBANIAN FERRIES F/B Adriatica King  – Photo © Leonardos Varthalitis, Elefsina, 28/10/10 #10983


FB Adriatica King 04_Leonardos Varthalitis 06Ge11

ALBANIAN FERRIES F/B Adriatica King – Photo © Leonardos Varthalitis, Elefsina, 21/01/08 #10985


ALBANIAN FERRIES FB Adriatica King 02_Godra 25Lu11

ALBANIAN FERRIES F/B Adriatica King – Foto © Godra, Bijela, 25/07/11 #11730


ALBANIAN FERRIES FB Adriatica King 03_Godra 25Lu11

ALBANIAN FERRIES F/B Adriatica King – Foto © Godra, Bijela, 25/07/11 #11731


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