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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.

ChartresSNCF Societè Nationale Chemins de fer France / Sealink 1974-93

New Names/Owners

Express Santorini – Minoan Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2000-01

Express Santorini – Hellas Flying Dolphins / Hellas Ferries 2001-05

Express Santorini – Hellenic Seaways 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 07/2014à

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. 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, she should continue on these services.

           

SEALINK FB Chartres 01

SEALINK M/N Chartres photo by courtesy of Micke Asklander

 

SEALINK FB Chartres 02

SEALINK A.L.A. F/B Chartres Photo by courtesy of di Micke Asklander

 

SEALINK ALA FB Chartres 02_Pieter Inpijn collection

SEALINK A.L.A. F/B Chartres – Photo from Pieter Inpijn’s collection

 

SEALINK FB Chartres 03_Nigel Thorntonn 1988

SEALINK S.N.C.F. F/B Chartres – Photo © Nigel Thorntonn, Dover, 1988 #3366

 

ExpressSantorini001

Photo © Per Jensen

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Santorini

Photo © Gunnar Menzer

 

AGAPITOS EXPRESS FERRIES FB Express Santorini 06_Antonios Lazaris

Photo © Antonios Lazaris, Piraeus #8184

 

HELLAS FERRIES FB Express Santorini

HELLAS FERRIES F/B Express Santorini – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 09/10/00 #591

 

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HELLAS FERRIES M/N Express Santorini – Foto © Georges Pop

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Santorini 02_Personale 16Ag05

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Santorini – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 16/08/05 #2401

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Santorini 21_Personale 06Ge07

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Santorini with the Grand Pavois for the Epiphany day – Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/01/07 #5524

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Santorini 27_Apostolos Kaknis 02Mg07

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Santorini with left side ramp – Photo © Apostolos Kaknis, Piraeus, 02/05/07 #6919

 

HELLENIC SEAWAYS FB Express Santorini 26_Apostolos Kaknis 02Mg07

HELLENIC SEAWAYS F/B Express Santorini, close shot to the left side ramp – Photo © Apostolos Kaknis, Piraeus, 02/05/07 #6918

 

HELLENIC SHIPPING F/B Express Santorini – Photo © Panagiotis Vlachos, Drapetsona, 28/10/2014 #14970

 

 

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