2005

 

NorTH Adriatic SEA

 

After fourteen years of service, the passenger operations between Trieste and Greece came to an end. Anek Lines, being unsatisfied by the services provided from Trieste Port Authority, decided to change its Northern Italy port of call to Venice. The ferries serving the line are both “Lefka Ori” and “Sophocles V.”, being supported on spring and autumn by the “Kriti II”; on summer instead the ferry comes back to Heraklion, in order to cover the sailings missed by the “El. Venizelos”, chartered to Tunisia Ferries. Minoan Lines instead proposed a similar timetable to those operated in 2004, with the well known “Ariadne Palace”, “Pasiphae Palace” and “Ikarus Palace”. Finally, the Porto Marghera – Corinth service changes its appearance: the Minoan Flying Dolphins group changes its commercial name and brands to Hellenic Seaways, and the well known ro/ros, which changed their name to “Cielo Trailer” and “Nave Trailer”, operated under the brand Hellenic Seaways Cargo.

 

ANEK LINES F/B Kriti II

MINOAN LINES H/S/F Ariadne Palace

MINOAN LINES H/S/F Pasiphae Palace

HELLENIC SEAWAYS CARGO Ro/Ro Nave Trailer

 

 

ANCONA

 

With the new year, the only relevant new fact in Ancona is that the four Superfast Ferries’s vessels “Superfast V”, “Superfast VI”, “Superfast XI” and “Superfast XII” are again full-time operating here; the second new fact about Superfast is that the evening departure on peak season is not anymore direct between Patras and Ancona but via Igoumenitsa, adding delays to the travellers reaching the final destination after the disembarkation at Ancona or at Patras. The services operated by Anek Lines with “Olympic Champion” and “Hellenic Spirit” and by Minoan Lines with “Olympia Palace” and “Europa Palace” are operated without any noticeable change.

 

ANEK LINES H/S/F Hellenic Spirit

MINOAN LINES H/S/F Europa Palace

SUPERFAST FERRIES H/S/F Superfast XII

SUPERFAST FERRIES H/S/F Superfast V

 

 

BARI

 

After a year marked by a market shrinkage, on 2005 we can see a strong growth in Bari. Marketed as Blue Star Ferries, the Attica Enterprises service from Bari this year gain another dedicated  ferry, the “Blue Star 1”, which after the unsatisfactory results of Crete service was redeployed along the “Blue Horizon” between Bari, Igoumenitsa and Patras. Another interesting new fact is the introduction of the call at Corfu on summer, performed by the “Blue Star . But this is not anymore the unique ferry service to Patras: from this year the joint service operated by Agoudimos Lines and Endeavor Lines started sailing on Bari – Igoumenitsa – Patras. After some delays from the announced beginning of the service, at the end of August the couple of operators introduced on the line the superb twins “Ionian King” and “Ionian Queen”, the ferries with the hugest garage of all the Adriatic Sea, 22 knots of speed, many services and luxurious furnishings. The ferries still remember their Japanese past, but are very nice also for Europe. From Patras and Igoumenitsa the departures are on daily basis respectively at 17.00 and at 23.30; from Bari at 18.30, except for the winter period, while the departures of Saturday and Sunday are anticipated respectively at 17.30 and at 14.00. The “Polaris” and the “Siren” are completing the sailings offer from Bari, sailing  to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and sometimes also to Cephalonia under the colours of Ventouris Ferries.

 

BLUE STAR FERRIES H/S/F Blue Star 1

AGOUDIMOS LINES F/B Ionian King

ENDEAVOR LINES F/B Ionian QUeen

VENTOURIS FERRIES F/B Siren

 

 

BRINDISI

 

The main Brindisi operator is Maritime Way, which serves the well-known Brindisi – Igoumenitsa – Patras timetable with “Erotokritos” and “Elli T.”. The only other operator serving Patras is G.A. Ferries with “Milena” and “Daliana” which serves the old HML lines reaching also Cephalonia and Zakinthos having very long crossing-times. At Igoumenitsa the service, usually very various, is only performed by two ferries, the “Ionian Sky” of Agoudimos Lines and the “Ouranos” of Fragline.

 

G.A. FERRIES F/B Daliana

MARITIME WAY F/B Erotokritos

MARITIME WAY F/B Elli T.

AGOUDIMOS LINES F/B Ionian Sky

Photos in this page are courtesy of Egidio Ferrighi, Pieter Inpijn, Apostolos Kaknis, Dominik Wagner, Emilio Barenghi, Michele Lulurgas, Stefanos Antoniadis; other images are official photographs and postcards.

 

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