Descrizione: AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 2000 06_Daniele Miglio

Photo © Daniele Miglio #87



Penelope A (2000)

Building Spec.

Schichau Seebeckwerft,

Bremerhaven, West Germany, 1975 – N° 2256

Call Sign


IMO Number







133,46 x 20,27 x 5,8


2 Stork – Werkspoor 9TM410RR, 8.385 kW


18,5 knots







Lane Metres


Sister ships

Lina Trader (Scrapped in 2006)

Star Fighter

Via Mare 

Registry Port




Former Names/Own.

European Gateway – Townsend Thoresen 1975-1983

European Gateway – Clorinda Navigation 1983-1984

Flavia – Clorinda Navigation / Anco Ferries 1984-1988

Travemünde Link I – GT Link 06/1988-11/1988

Travemünde Link – GT Link 11/1988-02/1992

Rostock Link – Europa Linien 02/1992-06/1996

Rostock Link – DSB Rederi / Scandlines 06/1996-01/2000

Chartered to Mols Linien 06/1999-12/1999

New Names/Owners

Penelope – Agoudimos Lines 06/2005à

Chartered to Nel Lines 12/2010-04/2011

Chartered to Marfamar 10/2011-11/2011

Scrapped at Aliaga (Turkey) on 07/2011 as “Lopi”.



This ferry has a long and fascinating career: being delivered as the “European Gateway” in 1975, even if the owner was considering to use the name “European Express” for her, was the first ferry built for Townsend Thoresen by the Schichau Seebeckwerft yard of Bremerhaven. The collaboration between the Anglo-Norwegian company and the German yard led to nine orders placed to the Bremerhaven yard between 1975 and 1987, of which four ships were part of this vessel’s class. The “European Gateway” was deployed on Felixstowe – Europoort line, being very successful and leading her owner to lengthen the ship, which grow up to 133,4 metres by her original length of 117,7 metres, after the addition of a 15,7 m section at the Amsterdam Dry Dock in 1980; anyway this work was not repeated on the other three sisters. At the end of 1982 she was the first Townsend Thoresen ferry to go sunbathing on North Sea; on 19th December, after a collision with the “Speedlink Vanguard” the ferry capsized, sinking on her starboard side and lying on the bottom of the sea, causing six deaths among her 35 passengers. However the second Townsend Thoresen’s “sunbathing”, few years later, had more dramatic consequences. The ferry was salvaged only two months later, and when she was towed to Amsterdam, the marks of her stay in the stormy North Sea were evident. After little time she was sold to Clorinda Navigation of Cyprus and rebuilt at Perama Yards, then entered the Anco Ferries fleet as “Flavia” for the BrindisiIgoumenitsaPatras line. In 1988, after the bankruptcy of the owner, was purchased by GT Link and renamed “Travemunde Link I” with Bahamas Flag. Rebuilt at Nakskov in Denmark, was fitted with drive-through access on the upper deck and soon renamed “Travemunde Link” for Gedser - Travemunde line. In 1992 was renamed “Rostock Link” for Europa Linien, serving RostockTravemunde line. On February 16th, 1992 the ferry grounded at Gedser with 874 passengers, being refloated by tugs and soon sent to Rostock to be repaired at Kværner Warnow yards. The same accident occurred about five years later, on February 5th, 1997, when she ran aground on a sandbank at 01.20; she was anyway able to refloat on her own power at 06.05 in the morning. The ferry anyway entered the DSB Rederi/Scandlines fleet in July, 1996. The last six months of Scandlines ownership, from June to December 1999, were spent out on charter to Mols Linien, linking Aarhus, on Danish mainland, with Sjælland, Danmark’s main island, stopping at the port of Kalundborg, which gave to the ferry her artist-name “Kalundborg Link”. Sold to Agoudimos Lines in January 2000, she headed to Greece under the name “Penelope A”; anyway it wasn’t planned to employ her in Greece, replacing the original “Penelope A” sold to Minoan Flying Dolphins a couple of months earlier, but to enforce the presence of the company on BrindisiIgoumenitsa line, replacing the older “Kapetan Alexandros A”; the refit work was very light, omitting also to remove the ugly “cupboard” used in Baltic Sea for drive-through on upper garage deck. During her stay on Brindisi line, was often inspected by the Paris MOU, being detained three times in 2000, 2002 and 2004. On July 2004 was replaced on Brindisi line by the newly-purchased “Ionian Sky” and moved to Bari, where she opened a second line to Albania, after the Brindisi – Vlore line operated by the “Kapetan Alexandros A”: the Bari – Durres line. She left her new service in September, to go again on BrindisiIgoumenitsa service, offering two daily sailings from each port sailing along the “Ionian Sky”, reverting back again to Bari – Durres service, in order to catch the two peak periods of this route, Summer time and Christmas holidays. At the beginning of summer 2005, the ferry wasn’t yet deployed neither on Brindisi – Igoumenitsa line nor on Bari – Durres: even if this was the most probable service for her in 2005, she was surprisingly reflagged to Greece for a new service sailing from Thessaloniki both to Samos, Kalymnos, Kos, Rhodes, Karpathos and Heraklion and to Skiathos, Tinos, Paros, Santorini and Heraklion. Being forced to rename the ferry, the company decided, with a great fantasy effort, to rename her as “Penelope”!!! After having been redeployed on Brindisi – Greece service, at the end of 2010 was chartered to NEL Lines, and later to Marfamar.


Descrizione: TOWNSEND THORESEN FB European Gateway 01_Ted Ingham

TOWNSEND THORESEN F/B European Gateway salvage operations – Photo © Ted Ingham, Harwich, 1983 #11739


Descrizione: TOWNSEND THORESEN FB European Gateway 03_Ted Ingham

TOWNSEND THORESEN F/B European Gateway salvage operations – Photo © Ted Ingham, Harwich, 1983 #11741


Descrizione: 2ANCO FERRIES FB Flavia

ANCO FERRIES F/B Flavia - photo by courtesy of Greecefinikunda


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GT LINK Ro/Ro Travemunde Link - Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander


GT LINK F/B Travemunde Link – Photo © Tony Garner, Travemünde, 15/06/1989 #13490


Descrizione: RostockLink1

EUROPA LINIEN Ro/Ro Rostock Link - Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander


EUROPA LINIEN F/B Rostock Link – Photo © Wolfgang Kramer, Warnemünde, 11/06/1995 #15023


SCANDLINES F/B Rostock Link – Photo © Wolfgang Kramer, Warnemünde, 30/04/1997 #15027


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MOLS LINIEN - Ro/Ro Rostock Link artistname “Kalundborg Link” - Photo © Micke Asklander


Descrizione: AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 01

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Igoumenitsa Port, 03/08/00


Descrizione: AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 2000 02

Photo © Frank Lose, Brindisi Port


Descrizione: AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope A 2000 07_Apostolos Kaknis 28Gi05

Photo © Apostolos Kaknis, Perama, 28/06/05 #3062


Descrizione: AGOUDIMOS LINES FB Penelope 01_Egidio Ferrighi 17Se05

AGOUDIMOS LINES F/B Penelope – Photo © Egidio Ferrighi, Paros, 17/09/05 #2974


Descrizione: C:\Users\Michele\Immagini\Indice generale foto\Marfamar\Penelope - IMO 7400261 (2011)\MARFAMAR FB Penelope 01_Fotios Brekas 24Ot11.jpg

MARFAMAR F/B Penelope – Photo © Fotios Brekas, Drapetsona, 24/10/11 #11743


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