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Fast Ferries, One Of The Last Traditional Greek Ferry Operators

Ferry Shipping News has visited the traditional family-owned Fast Ferries and had a short conversation with the Commercial Manager, Mr Dimitrios Tsoumas.

The company and its activities, the ports they are operating, the consequences of Covid-19 as well as the emission regulations were some of the topics discussed.

Fast Ferries’ EKATERINI P. is getting prepared for the summer 2020

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The repair works on the Fast Ferries’ EKATERINI P. engine room are intensive. A development that shows the intention of her operator to reactivate her for the summer season 2020.

The ship had suffered serious engine damage on April 2019 and led her to the Perama Repair Zone in order to install new engines.

On February 2020, the two brand new MAK-Caterpillar 8M32C (7,200kW) arrived from Germany and have already replaced the older Daihatsu machinery set (7,000 kW).

EKATERINI P. will undergo her dry docking from 13 to 16 July. On July 22 she is expected to have her first sea trials testing her new engines. In any case, Fast Ferries is examining the developments very carefully in order to decide whether it is better for the company to reactivate the ship or not. Meanwhile, the current bookings are not so encouraging.


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Fast Ferries confirmed the purchase of the HSC TURGUT OZAL of the Turkish Istabul Deniz Otobusleri Sanayi.

The Panagiotaki’s family tug PANTOKRATOR is already in Constantinople for the delivery. The ship was renamed THUNDER and she is expected to arrive in Greece within the next few days.

THUNDER was built in Australia (Austal) in 1998 and served the Yenkapi (Istanbul) – Bandirma run. She is 5.992 gt and 86,6m long

Her carrying capacity is for 800 passengers and 200 private cars. She has 4 MTU 20V1163TB73L diesel engines (24.000 kw) and her service speed is 37 knots (42 knots max).

The ship will be ready to serve the Hellenic Coastal Lines next summer season 2020.


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On May 31, 2019, HELLENIC HIGHSPEED (4.662gt/1997) will finally be introduced on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos run on behalf of Fast Ferries.

The ship was chartered -last April- by Fast Ferries in order to replace EKATERINI P. (3.948gt/1990) which suffered serious engine failure.

HELLENIC HIGHSPEED will depart daily from Rafina at 08:05 and return from Naxos at 16:20.