Golden Star Ferries’ ropax ANDROS QUEEN will be introduced April 2023

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According to Golden Star Ferries, their latest acquisition ANDROS QUEEN will join the Hellenic Coastal Shipping in April 2023.

The ship was purchased from Japan on March 2022 and is currently undergoing a large-scale conversion into a luxury day ferry at the Perama repair zone.

When ready, ANDROS QUEEN will have a capacity for 1,400 passengers (106 beds) and 380 cars or 70 trucks. Speed 21.5 knots.

The ship will fly the Greek flag in January 2023. She will be introduced on the evening sailings on Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos, in April.

Photo: Golden Star Ferries

Golden Star Ferries’ ANDROS QUEEN is undergoing a large-scale conversion

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The latest acquisition of Golden Star Ferries from Japan, ANDROS QUEEN, is currently undergoing a conversion into a luxury RoPax ferry at the Perama repair zone.

The ship is expected to stay there for the next 8 months, and she will be reformed by 70%. The overall cost of her conversion is expected to exceed the EUR 20 million and will include a complete engine refit, interior remodeling, and external conversion (mainly aft).

The ship is expected to be ready at the beginning of 2023 and will be probably introduced on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos line.

Golden Star Ferries’ ANDROS QUEEN arrived in Greece

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On April 12, 2022, Golden Star Ferries’ new acquisition ANDROS QUEEN (former SILVER QUEEN) arrived at the port of Piraeus, following a 28-day journey from Japan.

The ship was purchased from Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen (Silver Ferry) on February 9, 2022 and delivered on March 9. She will be converted at Perama repair zone and expected to be ready for service on early 2023, possibly on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos line.

This photo and more photos on voyagair.shipspotting (Christos Chatzaras on Instagram)

ANDROS QUEEN left Japan for Greece

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On March 15, 2022 ,Golden Star Ferries’ ANDROS QUEEN (former SILVER QUEEN) left the port of Muroran for Greece. She was purchased from Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen (Silver Ferry) on February 9, 2022 for EUR 7.354 million and delivered to a Greek crew on March 9, 2022.

The ship is currently sailing for the port of Busan and expected to arrive in Greece in early April

Golden Star Ferries’ HSC SUPER EXPRESS Enters Service on June 18

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HSC SUPEREXPRESS of Golden Star Ferries will be introduced on the new Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Paros-Ios-Santorini line on June 18, 2021.

After the sale of 3 of its high-speed vessels to Seajets, Golden Star Ferries makes a fleet reshuffling and launches its luxurious High-Speed Craft from Rafina to Cyclades for the first time. Her presence in the port of Rafina seems to affect Seajets as well, which has no presence for the summer season 2021.

Seajets Purchase 4 Vessels From Golden Star Ferries

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On April 29, 2021, it was confirmed that Seajets agreed to purchase 4 vessels from Golden Star Ferries:

  • 3 high-speed crafts (SUPERRUNNER, SUPERCAT, SUPERSPEED)
  • 1 conventional ferry SUPERFERRY II (photo)
  • The highspeed crafts will be delivered directly, while SUPERFERRY II will be delivered in October after the end of the summer season.
  • When the deal is completed, Seajets will own 22 vessels (18 high-speed crafts, 4 conventional ferries).

Golden Star Ferries HSC SUPER EXPRESS Begins Her Service from Rafina

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On June 14, 2019 – and after many adventures – the latest acquisition of Golden Star Ferries, HSC SUPER EXPRESS (5.903gt/1998), will be introduced on the Rafina-Syros-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Koufonissi-Katapola (Amorgos) run. The ship’s schedule has already been posted on the company’s official site. She will depart daily from Rafina port at 16.30, while her return from Amorgos will be at 07.15. The ship flies the Cypriot flag.

HSC GOLDEN EXPRESS Goes to Golden Star Ferries

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Finally, Golden Star Ferries took over the HSC GOLDEN EXPRESS (5.903gt/1998) after the collapse of the agreement reached -in October 2018- with the rival Fast Ferries. The ship has already been painted in the colours of Golden Star Ferries and has already been dry docked at Spanopoulos Group’s new Greek shipyards in Ambelakia, Salamis. Also, her new stern ramps have already been placed since 3 May.
The ship is expected to be introduced on the Rafina – Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Koufonissi-Amorgos run on 10 June.

Busy Schedule for HSC SUPER SPEED

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On 10 May the Golden Star Ferries’ trimaran, SUPER SPEED was introduced on the Piraeus -Paros – Naxos – Mykonos – Tinos – Rafina – Andros – Tinos – Mykonos – Naxos – Paros – Piraeus run.
She was purchased from the Croatian Krilo Ferry in October 2017, while during the summer season of 2018 she served the Volos-Sporades-Thessaloniki run. This year she is making a fresh start, performing a peculiar and clever run to the Cyclades.
SUPER SPEED was built in Australia (2002). She is 853gt (269 dwt), 54.5m long, 15.08m wide and 2m draught. Her carrying capacity is for 400 passengers. She has 3 MTU 16V4000 engines (6,960 kW) as well as 2 Kamewa 63 SII waterjets. Her maximum speed is 35 knots.

The Hunger Strike Did Help Golden Star Ferries

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Golden Star Ferries have finally gained approval for the summer service to Crete, after the owner of the ferry company has been on hunger strike end of February. He was waiting outside Shipping Minister Panayiotis Kouroublis’s office for a license to serve a route linking the company’s homeport Rafina with Crete.

The service will be operated by the SUPERFERRY and SUPERFERRY II, from 2 May to 31 October.

Every morning a ship leaves from Rafina, and another from Iraklion. The ships stop in Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Ios and Santorini. Arrival is in the late evening.