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F/B CORFU DIAMOND

Photo from George Giannakis’s collection #6006

 

Ship

Corfu Diamond (1986)

 

Building Spec.

Cantieri Navali Riuniti,

Palermo, Italy, 1953 – N°201

Call Sign

 

IMO Number

5204558

GRT

3.838

DWT

1.197

Dimensions

116,64 x 15,96 x 5,48

Engines

4 Fiat 6c, 6.120 kW

Speed

16,7 knots

Passengers

1.000

Beds

478

Cars

110

Lane Metres

 

Sister Ships

Calabria (scrapped in 1988)

Sicilia (scrapped in 1988)

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greek

Former Names/Own.

Lazio – Tirrenia Navigazione 1953-79

Sant’Andrea – Greek Interests 1979-84

Chartered to Transazul Car Ferries 1980-82

Makedonia – Achaid Lines 1984-85

Summer Star – Achaid Lines 1985-86

Chartered to Panko 1985

New Names/Owners

Larnaca Rose – Megacycle Shipping 1988-92

Avrasaya – Megacycle Shipping 1992-96

Cortina – Megacycle Shipping 1996

Avrasaya I – Megacycle Shipping 1997

Scrapped at Aliaga (Turkey) in 1997 as “Avrasaya I”

Line

 

 

With the sister ships “Calabria” and “Sicilia” is one of the first Tirrenia’s post-war ships. These ships were built without a garage; anyway the evolution of shipping market led to the conversion in ro/ro ferries in 1967, with heavy works on both stern and superstructure, due to the increased passenger capacity and the ramp for vehicle access. The “Lazio” remained close than 30 years in Tirrenia fleet; anyway the delivery of “Poeti” class and the order for six new ferries of “Strada” class made her inadequate to the new needs of ferry market, and the company decided to put her on the market; the sisters “Calabria” and “Tirrenia” instead remained in Tirrenia fleet until their sale for scrap, in 1988. The ferry was bought by Greek interests; anyway she spend her first “post-Tirrenia” time linking Port Vendres, a French port, to Puerto de Alcudia, on Balearic islands; subsequently she served both Italy – Greece and Cyprus – Lebanon services until 1986, when she was bought by Agapitos Bros for their Brindisi – Corfu – Igoumenitsa – Patras service. The Agapitos adventure anyway came to an end in 1988, and the ferry, after the renaming, was alternatively deployed between Ancona and Kusadasi, round Cyprus and in Black Sea. On that service, under the name “Avrasaya”, in 1996 was attacked by Chechen terrrorists. After two name changes, in 1997 was sold for scrap as the “Avrasaya I”.

 

TIRRENIA NAVIGAZIONE M/V Lazio – Photo from Commis’s collection #6642

 

TIRRENIA NAVIGAZIONE F/B Lazio – Photo from Commis’s collection #6643

 

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