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F/B Express Aphrodite

Photo © Tony Garner, Syros, 15/09/1997 #13461

 

Ship

Express Aphrodite (1997)

ΕΞΠΡΕΣ ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗ

Building Spec.

Aalborg Værft A/S,

Aalborg, Denmark, 1977 – N° 214

Call Sign

SVXT

IMO Number

7507019

GRT

7.836

DWT

1.945

Dimensions

129,9 x 20,6 x 4,7

Engines

2 Stork Werkspoor 16T410, 13.280 kW

Speed

19,5 knots

Passengers

1.700

Beds

60 in 30 cabins

Cars

336

Lane Metres

450

Sister ships

 

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greek

Former Names/Own.

St. Columba – British Railways / Sealink 1977-84

St. Columba – Sealink British Ferries 1984-90

St. Columba – Sealink Stena Line 1990-91

Stena Hibernia – Sealink Stena Line 1991-96

Stena Adventurer – Stena Line 1996-97

New Names/Owners

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

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

Express Aphrodite – Hellenic Seaways 2005-07

MasarrahNamma Lines 2007à

Line

 

 

In the second half of the Seventies, the Aalborg yards received many orders from British shipowners; after the four sisters built for Townsend Thorese, the Aalborg Værft started building a ferry for the public shipping company British Railways Sealink, which intended to delpy her on Irish Sea routes. The ferry was delivered to the owner on April 2nd, 1977, and started serving the Holyhead – Dun Laoghaire line just a month after the delivery, remaining on that line for 20 years: from 1977 to 1984 under British Rail Sealink colours, from 1985 to 1990 with the livery of Sealink British Ferries, owned by Seacontainers, from 1991 to 1997 for Stena Line as their “Stena Hibernia” until 1995 and then as the “Stena Adventure”. On October 1996 the ferry was disposed up for sale, a surprisingly decision, considering that the ferry was repainted in Stena Line’s new colours and heavily refurbished by Lloyd Werft of Bremerhaven just some months before. Delivered in 1977 to Sealink for the service Holyhead - Dun Laoghaire, she remained in the company also after the agreements with Seacontainers (Sealink British Ferries), and with Stena Line. Renamed “Stena Hibernia”, she mantained her original colours till 1996, when she was rebuilt in Germany for Stena Line and repainted in Stena colours. She was bought on May 1997 by Agapitos Express Ferries, which aimed to enter the Piraeus – Syros – Tinos – Mykonos trade; this line lacked a ferry since the arrest of “Georgios Express”, owned by the bankrupt Ventouris Sea Lines, and probably Agapitos Express Ferries intended also to compete with the cousins of Agapitos Lines on a line where these were a strong presence, as Agapitos Lines did against Agapitos Express Ferries competing on Piraeus – Paros – Naxos – Ios – Santorini line, a kingdom of Kostas Agapitos’s company. The new “Express Aphrodite” proved to be very successful, also because of her good interiors, which retained also the Irish Pub as it was on Stena Line periods. In November 1999 was acquired by Minoan Flying Dolpins - Hellas Ferries, mantaining the name “Express Aphrodite”; she was operated on various routes and was also part of Hellenic Seaways’s fleet on 2005 and 2006 seasons, before being sold on December 2006 to Namma Lines, one of the most important operators of Red Sea, to operate since 2007 between Suez and Jeddah as the “Masarrah”.

 

st_columba_1977_2

SEALINK F/B St. Columba Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

SEALINK FB St Columba

            F/B St. Columba. Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

SEALINK STENA LINE FB Stena Hipernia

F/B Stena Hibernia. Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

STENA SEALINK LINE F/B Stena Hibernia – Photo © Jeff Mortimer, Holyhead #15014

 

STENA SEALINK LINE F/B Stena Hibernia – Photo © Jeff Mortimer, Holyhead #15015

 

STENA LINE FB Stena Adventure 01

M/N Stena Adventurer Photo © Marko Stampehl

 

 

STENA LINE FB Stena Adventure 02

M/N Stena Adventurer Photo © Marko Stampehl

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Aphrodite

Photo © Gunnar Menzer

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Aphrodite 02_Antonios Lazaris

Photo © Antonios Lazaris #8180

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Aphrodite 03_Antonios Lazaris

Photo © Antonios Lazaris #8181

 

Photo © Tony Garner, Tinos, 14/09/1997 #13460

 

Photo © Tony Garner, Mykonos, 26/09/1999 #13462

 

HELLAS FERRIES M.F.D. FB Express Aphrodite 03_ufficiale

M.F.D. HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Aphrodite – Official Minoan Flying Dolphins photo #528

 

HELLAS FERRIES FB Express Aphrodite

HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Aphrodite, Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 25/12/00 #529

 

HELLAS FERRIES H.F.D. FB Express Aphrodite 04_Ilias Ikaria 01Ap04

HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Aphrodite – Photo © Nikos Thrylos, Rafina, 01/04/04 #1521

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Aphrodite 01_Nikos Thrylos 31Ge05

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Aphrodite – Photo © Nikos Thrylos, Piraeus, 31/01/05 #1550

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Aphrodite 07_Personale 05Ag05

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Aphrodite – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 05/08/05 #2194

 

NAMMA LINES FB Masarrah 01_Brian Crocker 01Di10

NAMMA LINES F/B Masarrah – Photo © Brian Crocker, Safaga, 01/12/10 #10989

 

NAMMA LINES FB Masarrah 02_Brian Crocker 02Di10

NAMMA LINES F/B Masarrah – Photo © Brian Crocker, Safaga, 01/12/10 #10990

 

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