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F/B Aigaion

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Aigaion 01_Kostas Sotiriadis

Photo © Kostas Sotiriadis

 

Ship

Aigaion (1992)

ΑΙΓΑΙΩΝ

Building Spec.

Cockerill Ougree,

Hoboken, Belgium, 1958 – N° 794

Call Sign

SXEV

IMO Number

5025586

GRT

2.812

DWT

775

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

Lane Metres

Sister ships

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greek

Former Names/Own.

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

Aigaion – Agapitos Bros 1976-92

New Names/Owners

Sank in 1996 as “Aigaion”.

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. After sixteen years of service, the ferry was laid up and then sold in 1976 to Agapitos Brothers. For the Greek company served on various Aegean routes, but mainly from Piraeus to Ikaria and Samos via Cyclades; when she was transferred to Agapitos Express Ferries, in 1992, was already sailing on Piraeus – Paros – Naxos – Ios – Santorini line since 1989, and remained on that line also until the end of 1993. In 1994 she passed the age-limit for serving Greek domestic ferry services, so she was took out of service; anyway, even if I’ve no evidence of her being employed on a route in 1994, I clearly remember to have seen a timetable of her for Piraeus – Paros – Naxos – Heraklia line.  Later in 1995 works started at Neo Molo of Drapetsona to convert her to a one-day cruise ship, being the age-limit not applied to cruise vessels, and the plans were to use her on Heraklion – Santorini line under the name “Kallisti”; this however didn’t materialize when the ship caught fire during refit works, on February 16th, 1996. Being towed away from the quay, the ship later capsized, it seems due to a wrong manoeuvre by the tug. A worker of the shipyard was missed in the fire.

 

AGAPITOS LINES FB Aigaion 01_Pavlos Protopapas

AGAPITOS BROS F/B Aigaion – Photo © Pavlos Protopapas #3758

 

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