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F/B Express Olympia

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Olympia 05_George Giannakis 15No95

Photo © George Giannakis, Piraeus, 15/11/95 #6152

 

Ship

Express Olympia (1992)

ΕΞΠΡΕΣ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΑ

Building Spec.

Jos L. Meyer Werft,

Papenburg Ems, Germany, 1973 – N°570

Call Sign

SXMU

IMO Number

7310258

GRT

4.477

DWT

1.982

Dimensions

109,15 x 17,25 x 4,7

Engines

2 CrossleyPielstick 12PC2VMK5, 8.531 kW

Speed

19,5 knots

Passengers

1.500

Beds

298 in 70 cabins

Cars

300

Lane Metres

414

Sister ships

Ajman 1 († 2004)

Apollo

Boughaz

Fagr († 2002)

Ionian Spirit

Isla Venados († 2010)

Jamaa II

Sinaloa Star († 2008)

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greek

Former Names/Own.

Viking 4 – Rederi AB Sally (Viking Line) 1973-80

Earl Granville – William & Glynn Industrial Leasing Ltd 1980-84

Chartered to Sealink UK 1980-84

Earl Granville – Sealink British Ferries 1984-90

Express OlympiaAgapitos Bros 1990-92

New Names/Owners

Express OlympiaMinoan Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2000-01

Express OlympiaHellas Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2001-05

Express OlympiaHellenic Seaways 2005

Scrapped at Alang (India) in 2005 as “Express O”

Line

 

 

One of the few ex-Viking Line ships in service in Greek Seas, the only one of her family until the end of August 2007, when the “Roslagen” is expected to came in Greece for ANMEZ. Delivered to Viking Line on 16 June 1973 for the service Stockholm - Mariehamn (Aland) - Turku, was later moved to Kapellskar - Mariehamn - Nadendal line. In 1980 was sold to Sealink, who owned her until 1990, when she was bought by Agapitos for the line Piraeus - Syros - Paros - Naxos - Ios - Santorini - Anafi. When bought by Agapitos the stern superstructure was increased. Taken over by Agapitos Express Ferries in 1993, was the ship who forced the Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine to introduce in Greece the computerized-system for reservations: after an inspection of Piraeus’s port police, the ship, which had a certificate for 1.200 persons, discharged at the arrival 2.200 passengers!!! Apart of this fact, the ferry is remembered under Agapitos Express Ferries’s colours for her reliable Piraeus – Paros – Naxos – Ios – Santorini departure of 22.00 hours, and, personally, also for her good food! I travelled aboard her on 27/06/96 from Paros to Piraeus. Certainly she was not a “cruise ferry”, however she had very spacious lounges with a lot of seats. On November 1999 was acquired by Minoan Flying Dolphins, which put her on Piraeus - Paros - Naxos - Ikaria - Fourni - Samos line; was laid up and put on sales market on September 2004, and spent also few months under Hellenic Seaways ownership before being sold for scrap in June 2005. Despite of her Baltic origins the “Meltemi” wind was very hard for “Express Olympia”…..

           

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VIKING LINE F/B Viking 4 – Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

VIKING LINE FB Viking 4 01_Pieter Inpijn collection

VIKING LINE F/B Viking 4 – Photo from Pieter Inpijn’s collection

 

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SEALINK F/B Earl Granville – Photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

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SEALINK F/B Earl Granville – Photo © Brian Fisher, Portsmouth, June 1984 #3599

 

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BRITISH FERRIES F/B Earl Granville photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

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SEALINK F/B Earl Granville photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

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SEALINK BRITISH FERRIES F/B Earl Granville – Photo © Brian Fisher, Portsmouth, April 1987 #3601

 

Photo © Douglas Cromby, Paros, September 1994 #11779

 

Photo © Carsten Dettmer,  01/07/1996 #13178

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Olympia 02_Emilio Barenghi

Photo © Emilio Barenghi, Astypalea, 1998

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Photo © Emilio Barenghi, Santorini, 1998

 

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Photo © Emilio Barenghi, Saronic Gulf, 1998

 

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Photo © Gunnar Menzer

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Olympia 06_Antonios Lazaris

Photo © Antonios Lazaris #8183

 

HELLAS FERRIES FB Express Olympia

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

 

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HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Olympia – Photo © Sebastiaan Toufekoulas

 

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