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F/B Express Santorini

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Santorini

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Paros Sea, 28/06/96 #56

 

Ship

Express Santorini (1993)

ΕΞΠΡΕΣ ΣΑΝΤΟΡΙΝΗ

Building Spec.

Dubigeon Normandie S.A.,

Nantes, Francia, 1974 – N°137

Call Sign

SXQR

IMO Number

7330040

GRT

4.590

DWT

1.647

Dimensions

115,4 x 19,23 x 4,2

Engines

2 Atlantique - Pielstick, 16PC2V400 11.776 kW

Speed

19 knots

Passengers

1.863

Beds

40

Cars

240

Lane Metres

350

Sister ships

 

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greek

Former Names/Own.

Chartres – SNCF Societè Nationale Chemins de fer France / Sealink 1974-11/1993

New Names/Owners

Express Santorini – Minoan Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 11/1999-12/2001

Express Santorini – Hellas Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 01/2002-01/2005

Express Santorini – Hellenic Seaways 01/2005-07/2014

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 06/2007-10/2007

Chartered to Strintzis Ferries 01/2008-02/2008

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 06/2008-10/2008

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 05/2009-10/2009

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 05/2010-10/2010

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 05/2011-10/2011

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 05/2012-10/2012

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 05/2013-10/2013

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 05/2014-10/2014

Express Santorini – Hellenic Shipping 07/2014-11/2016

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 04/2015-10/2015

Chartered to Hellenic Seaways 12/2015-03/2016

Chartered to Trasmaçor Atlanticoline 04/2016-10/2016

Al Salmy 4 – Salem Al Makrani 11/2016

Line

 

 

The “Express Santorini” could surely have been considered as part of Agapitos Express Ferries’s heart, together with her running-mate “Express Olympia”. There is not big differences from the former appearance as “Chartres” and the actual one as “Express Santorini”. Originally in service between England and France, was on almost all the Eastern Channel connections, calling in Dover, Boulogne, Calais, Newhaven, Dieppe, Dunkerque, Folkestone, Zeebrugge. Her main garage deck was used also for railway coaches, the main traffic on Dover – Dunkerque route; for this reason the “Chartres” had another particular feature: the deck just above the garage was convertible and was able to accommodate cars in her aft lounge, a flexibility which was lost later in the years by converting the space to passenger lounge in a permanent way; the cars could enter the convertible upper garage by side openings from the train-ferry berths or also by the stern opening when moored at twin-level berths in Dover or Calais. Before coming to Greece, was chartered to French Army for War operations in Iraq (1991), and in 1990, was seriously in danger of capsizing at Dieppe, after having hit the pier. Was bought by Agapitos on November 1993 and rerouted on Piraeus - Paros - Naxos - Ios - Santorini line, maintaining her name and service also after the resale to Minoan Flying Dolphins of December 1999. Transferred to Hellenic Seaways in 2005, serving both her classic route and other services to Eastern Aegean (Samos – Ikaria – Chios – Mytilene), was chartered to Transmaçor for Summer 2007, retaining her colours, name and  Greek Flag, but being fitted with a left site-ramp, required to serve Azores, which hurted very much her external appearance. Back to Greece in Autumn 2007, was rarely employed again on Hellenic Seaways routes, spending all her Summer seasons on charter for Atlanticoline and two months in 2008 on charter for Strintzis Ferries. On July 2014, in the middle of her charter to Atlanticoline, was sold from Hellenic Seaways to Greek businessmen working in Portugal. Back in Greece after the charter, was chartered again to Atlantico Line for 2015 and 2016 summer seasons, being chartered also between these Azores spells to her former owners of Hellenic Seaways, which routed her on Lavrio – North Aegean line from December 2015 to March 2016. Back to Greece after her last charter, was sold to United Arab Emirates, taking the name “Al Salmy 4”.

 

Photo Gallery

 

From Peter Asklander’s

 

Collection

Ted Ingham

 

SEALINK S.N.C.F. – Chartres (1974-197?)

 

 

Dover Strait, 12/09/1978

Apostolos Kaknis’s

Paul Morgan

collection

 

SEALINK S.N.C.F. – Chartres (197?-1984)

 

 

Dover

Ted Ingham

 

SEALINK S.N.C.F. – Chartres (1985)

 

 

Dieppe, 14/08/1988

Dover

Carlo Martinelli

David Ingham

 

SEALINK S.N.C.F. – Chartres (1986-1990)

 

 

By courtesy of

Dover

Micke Asklander

David Ingham

 

SEALINK A.L.A. – Chartres (1990)

 

 

Suez, 28/01/1991

Dunkirk, May 1993

Yvon Perchoc

Pieter Inpijn

 

SEALINK A.L.A. – Chartres (1991-1993)

 

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Santorini 06_Antonios Lazaris

01/07/1996

Naxos, August 1996

Piraeus

Per Jensen

Carsten Dettmer

Emilio Barenghi

Antonios Lazaris

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES – Express Santorini (1994-1999)

 

 

Piraeus

Piraeus

Pieter Inpijn

Pieter Inpijn

 

MINOAN FLYING DOLPHINS / HELLAS FERRIES – Express Santorini (1999-2000)

 

 

HELLAS FERRIES FB Express Santorini

Pireo, 08/10/2000

Aegean Sea, August 2001

Michele Lulurgas

Brian Fisher

 

MINOAN FLYING DOLPHINS / HELLAS FERRIES – Express Santorini (2000-2002)

 

 

Piraeus

Santorini, 28/10/2004

Georges Pop

Dominik Wagner

 

HELLAS FLYING DOLPHINS / HELLAS FERRIES – Express Santorini (2002-2004)

 

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Santorini 02_Personale 16Ag05

Piraeus, 16/08/2005

Piraeus, 16/08/2005

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS – Express Santorini (2005)

 

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Santorini 21_Personale 06Ge07

Piraeus, 06/11/2006

Piraeus, 06/01/2007

Michele Lulurgas

Michele Lulurgas

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS – Express Santorini (2006-2007)

 

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Santorini 27_Apostolos Kaknis 02Mg07

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Santorini 26_Apostolos Kaknis 02Mg07

Piraeus, 02/05/2007

Piraeus, 02/05/2007

Apostolos Kaknis

Apostolos Kaknis

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS – Express Santorini (2007-2010)

 

 

Graciosa, 25/06/2012

S. Roque do Pico, 28/07/2012

Miguel Nóia

Miguel Nóia

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS / ATLANTICOLINE – Express Santorini (2010-2014)

 

 

Drapetsona, 28/10/2014

Piraeus, 30/03/2015

Panagiotis Vlachos

Georgios Mertis

 

HELLENIC SHIPPING / ATLANTICOLINE – Express Santorini (2014-2016)

 

 

Piraeus, 23/12/2015

Lavrion, 06/01/2007

Georgios Mertis

Vladimir Knyaz

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS – Express Santorini (2016-2017)

 

 

Drapetsona, 03/04/2016

Georgios Mertis

 

HELLENIC SHIPPING – Express Santorini (2017)

 

 

Keratsini, 03/11/2016

Keratsini, 03/11/2016

Georgios Mertis

Georgios Mertis

 

HELLENIC SHIPPING / ATLANTICOLINE – Express Santorini (2017)

 

 

Drapetsona, 23/11/2016

Drapetsona, 23/11/2016

Georgios Mertis

Georgios Mertis

 

SAMC – Al Salmy 4 (2017)

 

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