Nel Lines’ ferry TAXIARHIS left for scrap

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On September 22, 2023 Nel Lines’ TAXIARHIS (ex- UNION HOBART, SEAWAY HOBART, AGIA METHODIA, EUROMANTIQUE) left Ampelakia (Salamis) yards, bound for the scrapyard of Aliaga.

The ship was laid up since 2015 (ports of Lavrion and Ampelakia (Salamis)).

She was built in Norway in 1976 for Union Shipping and she was one of a series of eleven vessels that were built for car/cargo transportation. She arrived in Greece in 1993 purchased by AK Ventouris, while in 1999 she was sold to Nel Lines for the North Aegean run.

She was the last ship of that series that was still alive.


Nel Lines’ iconic ferry MYTILENE is sold for scrap

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MYTILENE (1973) of Nel Lines is being prepared to leave for Aliaga (Turkey) following her fleet mate THEOFILOS (1975) that was delivered on May 16. Her name has already been shortened to LENE and she will leave her anchorage soon.

MYTILENE was built in Japan in 1973 as the Vega of the Shin Higashi Nihon Ferry. She was purchased by Nel Lines in 1990 and extensively rebuild as a night ferry.

Route: Piraeus-Chios-Mytilene line (plus a call at Lemnos, Kavala and Thessaloniki twice a week in July 1992).

She also served the islands of Samos and Ikaria, connecting them with the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki or Kavala.

Nel Lines collapsed in 2013/ The ferry was eventually sold for scrap in May 2022.

Photo: Kostas Papadopoulos

Nel Lines’ legendary THEOFILOS eventually sold for scrap

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On April 12, 2022, Nel Lines’ flagship THEOFILOS (ex NILS HOLGERSSON, ABEL TASMAN, POLLUX) left her anchorage to be scrapped in Aliaga (Turkey).

She was laid up at the port of Piraeus since Nel Lines’ collapse (2013).

Three attempts were made to sell her. At the second attempt in October 2019, she was sold to Anen Lines, which saved her from the scrapyard at the last minute.

The ship had a very interesting career:
1975 Built in Germany for TT-Line as the NILS HOLGERSSON, Travemünde-Trelleborg.
1985 ABEL TASMAN, Transport Tasmania (TT-Line) Melbourne-Devonport.
1994 POLLUX, Ventouris Ferries
1995 THEOFILOS, Nel Lines, Piraeus-Chios-Lesvos-Thessaloniki

Photo: voyagair.shipspotting (Christos Chatzaras)

Nel Lines’ IONIAN SKY Sold for Scrap and Left for Aliaga

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Εnd of the line for the ex-Japanese veteran IONIAN SKY of the collapsed NEL LINES. [link Fakta om Fartyg]

The sturdy ferry was sold for scrap. Tug CHRISTOS 34 arrived at the Diamandis shipyards in order to accompany her to Aliaga (Turkey). On 21 January 2020, the ship departed for her last voyage to eternity under the flag of Palau.

IONIAN SKY has been laid up in Ambelakia since September 2013 and escaped sinking in early October, when she suddenly developed a dangerous list to the right. In March 2018, rumours claimed that she had been purchased by a Portuguese operator that intended to introduce her on the Setubal – Funchal (Madeira) line. Plans that fell through and probably sealed her fate.

Nel Line’s Theofilos Escaped From The Scrapyard

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The ex-TT Line veteran THEOFILOS of the collapsed Nel Lines seems to have escaped from the scrapyard.

The Central Harbor Master of Elefsis decided to suspend the open tender for her removal. According to the official document of the decision, the old ship has been awarded – for €380,000 – to Anen Lines.

However, the ship is in a very poor condition, laid up since 2013 and the cost of her possible repair is quite serious!