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F/B AIGAION

AGAPITOS BROS FB Aigaion 03_George Giannakis

Photo © George Giannakis #6148

 

Ship

Aigaion (1976)

AIΓΑΙΩΝ

Building Spec.

Cockerill Ougree,

Hoboken, Belgium, 1958 – N°794

Call Sign

SXEV

IMO Number

5025586

GRT

4.555

DWT

1.099

Dimensions

116,85 x 15,96 x 3,89

Engines

2 Sulzer 12MD-510, 7.061 kW

Speed

21 knots

Passengers

985

Beds

135

Cars

160

Garage

 

Sister Ships

 

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greek

Former Names/Own.

Artevelde – Regie voor Maritiem Transport (R.M.T.) 1958-76

New Names/Owners

Aigaion – Agapitos Express Ferries 1992-94

Kallisti – Agapitos Express Ferries 1995-96

Sank in 1996 as Kallisti

Line

 

 

 

One of the first Belgian car-ferries, was delivered in 1958 to Belgian State-owned R.M.T. from Hoboken-based Cockerill yards to serve Oostende – Dover route. From an external look she’s undoubtely Belgian: long sleek hull, tight and low draught, plus the relatively high speed of 21 knots, a top speed these years. The Dover – Oostende line lasted until 1974, sixteen years of service with two collisions, before being used as training ship at Antwerp and then laid up as spare ship until 1976, when she was sold to Agapitos Brothers. For the Greek company started linking Piraeus with Kos and Rhodes, calling enroute alternatively at Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Kalymnos; after only few months anyway she moved to Ikaria – Samos line, first calling at Syros, Tinos and Mykonos, then at Syros, Paros and Naxos, finally reducing her calls before Ikaria and Samos only to Paros port, where the ship grounded in 1983. In 1989 she was transferred to Piraeus – Paros – Naxos – Ios – Santorini line, the most lucrative Cyclades service, where she remained also after the takeover by Agapitos Express Ferries in 1992. Taken out of service in 1994, having reached the 35 years age limit, the company intended to convert her as a cruise-ship, being the age limit only over ferries; anyway during refit works the ferry caught fire and sank.

 

RMT SEALINK FB Artevelde 01_Brian Fisher 78

R.M.T. SEALINK F/B Artevelde – Photo © Brian Fisher #6550

 

AGAPITOS LINES FB Aigaion 01_Pavlos Protopapas

Photo © Pavlos Protopapas #3758

 

Photo from Chris Howell’s collection #13404

 

Photo © Tony Garner, Piraeus, 20/06/1983 #13459

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Aigaion 01_Kostas Sotiriadis

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES F/B Aigaion – Photo © Kostas Sotiriadis

 

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