After A Seven Year Layup, HSC ALKIONI Is Acquired By Cypriot Interests

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After a seven-year laid up in Ambelakia (Salamis), the Japanese built HSC ALKYONI is reported to be sold to Cyprus-based Plaxiven Consulting Ltd.

The ship has already been renamed CAT 1 and there are plans to introduce her on the Sporades route.

ALKIONI was purchased by Antonis Lelakis in February 2006.

In 2007 she was chartered to the Egyptian Namma Shipping for the Safaga – Dhebba run and renamed SHIKRA.

In 2010 she was chartered to the My Ferries and renamed MYCAT.

However, that charter fell through and she was chartered to NEL LINES, which introduced her on the Sporades run until 2012.

Levante Ferries Confirmed The Purchase Of Ro-Pax KOPERNIK

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Levante Ferries officially confirmed the purchase of the ro-pax KOPERNIK which was laid up at Neos Molos for more than two months.

The ship was sold for scrap to Turkey -by Unity Line- and arrived in Piraeus last April, in order to be renamed PERN and have her flag changed before continuing to Aliaga.

However, her excellent overall condition saved her the last minute and Levante Ferries is expected to introduce her on the Smyrni-Thessaloniki run.

Kefalonian Lines Leaves The Ionian Sea In Favour Of Levante Ferries

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Kefalonian Lines announced officially its withdrawal –after 5 years- from the Ionian Sea. The company decided:

  • To suspend its ferry services on Zakynthos and Kefalonia lines.
  • To activate the ship ALEXANDRA L. to the Aegean Sea
  • To sell NISSOS KEFALONIA to its competitor Levante Ferries.

This decision, is certainly not serving the Ionian island’s interests, however, the fierce competition in combination with the sustainability reasons presented by Kefalonian Lines, leave Levante Ferries free to dominate the Ionian Sea.

Some interesting facts though are:

  • the Ionian Group’s commitment to launch a ship on the Patras-Sami run but only if it is subsidized.
  • the further use of the old ALEXANDRA L. in the Aegean Sea, where Attica Group and Seajets are dominant as well as the fate of the old ZAKINTHOS I (photo) which has been decommissioned seven months ago.

Levante Ferries is expected to spend almost EUR 10 million for the purchase and conversion of Kefalonian Line’s, NISSOS KEFALONIA.

The ship is expected to return fully upgraded on the Killini – Zakynthos and Killini – Poros route before summer.

Kefalonian Lines Leaves The Ionian Sea In Favour Of Levante Ferries

By | 2018 Newsletter week 48 | No Comments

Kefalonian Lines announced officially its withdrawal –after 5 years- from the Ionian Sea. The company decided:

  • To suspend its ferry services on Zakynthos and Kefalonia lines.
  • To activate the ship ALEXANDRA L. to the Aegean Sea
  • To sell NISSOS KEFALONIA to its competitor Levante Ferries.

This decision, is certainly not serving the Ionian island’s interests, however, the fierce competition in combination with the sustainability reasons presented by Kefalonian Lines, leave Levante Ferries free to dominate the Ionian Sea.

Some interesting facts though are:

  • the Ionian Group’s commitment to launch a ship on the Patras-Sami run but only if it is subsidized.
  • the further use of the old ALEXANDRA L. in the Aegean Sea, where Attica Group and Seajets are dominant as well as the fate of the old ZAKINTHOS I (photo) which has been decommissioned seven months ago.

Levante Ferries is expected to spend almost EUR 10 million for the purchase and conversion of Kefalonian Line’s, NISSOS KEFALONIA.

The ship is expected to return fully upgraded on the Killini – Zakynthos and Killini – Poros route before summer.