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F/B Express Apollon

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Apollon

Photo © Gunnar Menzer

 

Ship

Express Apollon (1996)

ΕΞΠRΕΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΝ

Building Spec.

Arsenal de la Marine Nationale Francaise,

Brest, France, 1973 – N° 3

Call Sign

SYSQ

IMO Number

7235915

GRT

5.596

DWT

1.094

Dimensions

118,09 x 19,84 x 4

Engines

2 De Bretagne – Pielstick 16PC2-V400, 11.050 kW

Speed

21 knots

Passengers

1.800

Beds

118 in 35 cabins

Cars

256

Lane Metres

 

Sister ships

Agios Georgios

Penelope A

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greek

Former Names/Own.

SenlacBritish Railways / Sealink 1973-84

SenlacSealink British Ferries 1984-85

Senlac – S.N.C.F. Societe Nationale Chemins de fer France / Sealink 1985-87

Chartered to B+I Line 1987

Apollo Express – Ventouris Sea Lines 1987-93

Apollo Express 1 – Ventouris Sea Lines 1993-96

New Names/Owners

Express Apollon – Minoan Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 1999-02

Express Apollon – Hellas Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2002-04

Express Apollon – Hellenic Seaways 2005-06

Apollon – European Seaways 2007-09/2010

Scrapped at Aliaga in 2010 as the “Apollon”.

Line

 

 

Originally a Channel ferry, she was in traffic between Newhaven and Dieppe from 1972 to 1987. After a short chartering period to B+I Line was sold to Ventouris Sea Lines in 1987, renamed “Apollo Express” and put on the line Piraeus - Paros - Naxos - Ios - Santorini, serving sometimes also Syros, Folegandros, Anafi, Amorgos, Astypalea. In 1993 was renamed “Apollo Express 1”. In 1996 Ventouris Sea Lines stopped their services due to financial problems and the “Apollo Express 1”, together with her Ventouris running-mates was laid up in Piraeus port; the ferry was later purchased by Agapitos Express Ferries at a bargain price, renamed “Express Apollon” simply inverting the words of her original name and soon deployed on the main service of the company as the third ship engaged in that service, the Piraeus – Paros – Naxos – Ios – Santorini, sometimes calling also at Anafi, Sikinos, Amorgos and Astypalea. In November 1999 was acquired by Minoan Flying Dolphins - Hellas Ferries, later known as Hellenic Seaways, mainly operating on Central Cyclades services, until the sale to Arkoumanis at the end of 2006: for the owner of European Seaways the ferry, renamed “Apollon”, sailed four Summer seasons on ItalyGreece timetable, spending the latter part of the year divided between lay-up and Italy – Albania line. At the end of September 2010 was sold for scrap.

 

SEALINK FB Senlac

            SEALINK SNCF F/B Senlac photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

SEALINK BRITISH RAILWAYS FB Senlac 01_Brian Fisher Gi84

SEALINK S.N.C.F. F/B Senlac – Photo © Brian Fisher, Newhaven, June 1984 #3624

 

apollo_express_1972_2

VENTOURIS SEA LINES F/B Apollo Express photo from Pieter Inpijn’s collection

 

VENTOURIS SEA LINES FB Apollo Express 1

VENTOURIS SEA LINES F/B Apollo Express 1 - Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 02/09/94 #1250

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Apollon 03_Antonios Lazaris

Photo © Antonios Lazaris, Santorini #8182

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Apollon 04_Rossella Balaskas

Photo © Rossella Balaskas, Santorini #9635

 

HELLAS FERRIES FB Express Apollon 01

M.F.D. HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Apollon photo © Pieter Inpijn

 

HELLAS FERRIES FB Express Apollon 03

HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Apollon photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 10/10/03

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Apollon 01_Apostolos Kaknis 27Gi05

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Apollon – Photo © Apostolos Kaknis, 27/06/05 #1672

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Apollon 07_Fotis Marinelis 21Lu05

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Apollon – Photo © Fotis Marinelis, Piraeus, 21/07/05 #3052

 

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS FB Express Apollon 01_Sebastiaan Toufekoulas 28Mg07

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS F/B Apollon – Photo © Sebastiaan Toufekoulas, Piraeus, 28/05/07 #7000

 

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS FB Apollon 09_Apostolos Kaknis 12Gi07

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS F/B Apollon – Photo © Apostolos Kaknis, Piraeus, 12/06/07 #7869

 

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS FB Apollon 03_Alessandro Orfanů 21Ot07

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS F/B Apollon – Photo © Alessandro Orfanů, Brindisi, 21/08/07 #7020

 

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS FB Apollon 17_Erald Spahiu 11Ge09

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS F/B Apollon – Photo © Erald Spahiu, 11/01/09 #9212

 

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS FB Apollon 21_Erald Spahiu 31Di09

EUROPEAN SEAWAYS F/B Apollon – Photo © Erald Spahiu, Durres, 31/12/09 #9216

 

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