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Ship

Georgios (1971)

ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ

Building Spec.

Bekris Bros – N° 236

Perama, Greece, 1971

Call Sign

 

IMO Number

7043520

GRT

2.665

DWT

937

Dimensions

86,25 x 14 x 4

Engines

2 Klφckner Humboldt-Deutz RBV12M350, 5.885 kW

Speed

18 knots

Passengers

843

Beds

118

Cars

125

Lane Metres

Sister ships

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greece

Former Names/Own.

 

New Names/Owners

Hong Mian – China National Machinery Import Export Co. 03/1985-07/1995

Tian Lu – China Shipping Passenger Liner 07/1995-07/2006

Dong Peng 1 – China Shipping Passenger Liner 07/2006ΰ

Line

 

At the beginning of Seventies, Greek shipyards built a considerable number of medium-sized vessels, mainly ordered by local companies to be deployed on domestic routes. This is also the case of the “Georgios”, which was ordered from Fragoudakis company (later known as “Fragline”) to Bekris yards of Perama: the ferry was delivered to the owner on August 5th, 1971, when she was inaugurated in Piraeus. The “Georgios” soon started her sailings to Syros, Agios Kirikos, Karlovassi and Vathi, leaving Piraeus for four round-trips each week, being the first modern car ferry to call at Ikaria and Samos islands, and being the first Greek ferry equipped by airplane-type seats and Self Service restaurant. Being myself not a lover of self-service restaurants, and being annoyed by the large number of seats, preferred to cabin places, on ferries, I wouldn’t have been proud of this primacy, but that’s it! After only few months on Samos – Ikaria routes, on November 1971 was transferred to Patras – Igoumenitsa – Corfu – Brindisi line, where she remained until the end of 1984, sailing from 1981 onwards with the “Eolos” as fleet mate. In 1985 Fragline accepted the offer from COSCO which intended to purchase the ferry, so the “Georgios” left Greece only 14 years after her launch, staying since 1985 in Chinese waters and changing three names, even if remaining in COSCO ownership.

 

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