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Aegean Cargo

 

The company AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES was founded in 1992 by Kostas and Ioannis Agapitos after the “divorce” of Agapitos Bros; the six ferries of the former company were equally divided between Agapitos Lines and Agapitos Express Ferries, while the ships “Express Olympia”, “Aigaion” and “Kyklades”, soon renamed “Express Efvoikos”, were assigned to the latter company, together with the licences of the routes to Paros, Naxos, Ios, Santorini and Eastern Cyclades. In 1994 the “Aigaon” was substituted by the new ship “Express Santorini”, and the “Express Efvoikos” sold to Ventouris Lines. The bankruptcy of this company and of the parent company Ventouris Sea Lines led to a considerable growth of Agapitos fleet: the “Express Efvoikos”returned home under the name “Express Danae” for the new Saronikos Islands line (Aegina - Methana - Poros - Hydra - Spetses) and the new “Express Apollon”, former “Apollo Express 1”, strengthened the presence of the company on Cyclades routes. The following year two more former Ventouris ships joined the fleet: the “Express Athina”, directly from V.S.L. bankruptcy, and the “Express Hermes”, bought from Ventouris Ferries with her operating licence for Rafina – Andros – Tinos – Mykonos line, even if Agapitos decided to employ the “Express Athina” on this line. On that year also the “Express Afrodite” was acquired to serve Syros, Tinos and Myconos islands. In November 1999 Minoan Flying Dolphins acquired all the ferries of Kostas Agapitos’s company and “Agapitos Express Ferries” stops its services. Surprisingly the company comes back in 2001 with a two- ro/ro ship service between Piraeus and Heraklion, with very interesting financial figures; soon the ships were chartered by Anek which rebranded the ships as Anek Cargo. Agapitos acqyired later many other ro/ro’s like the “Aegean Glory”, the “Aegean Sun”, later renamed “Archagelos” and, in recent times, the “Acacia” and the “Aegean Fantasy”, ferries which were usually chartered to Anek Cargo, the cargo division of the Cretan company. There are regular rumours about a comeback of Kostas Agapitos on passenger ferry market, a fact which happened for a while with the “Athina” operated by Nova Ferries, but these rumours until now remained only rumours. After 2007, finally, the company added two more ro/ros to its fleet, the “Aegean Fantasy” in 2007, replacing the former vessel named in the same way, and in 2008 the formidable “Aegean Heaven” a 30-knot ferry which, anyway, was not employed yet under company’s colours. In 2014 this is the only vessel still in Aegean Cargo fleet, due to the shrink in charter market, which led to the scrap of all the other mates.

 

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