The Finnish-built RIGEL (1973) of Ventouris Ferries (former BORE I, SKANDIA, STENA BALTICA, ILICH, ANASTASIA V, WINWARD PRIDE, BALTIC CHRISTINA, BADIS) is being prepared for scrap. The ship was laid up at Aigio port since September 2020 while recently was renamed ROGER and raised the flag of Comoros. She will depart within the next few days.
Ventouris Ferries’ RIGEL II will soon return into service, on the Bari-Durres line. The ship was at the port of Aigio and out of service since September 2020.
According to the information the ship departed for Albania on June 29 and she will be introduced on the above line on July 6, 2021 replacing her fleet mate RIGEL VII.
Ventouris Ferries’ ropax RIGEL VII is being rebuilt at the Diamantis Shipyard in Kynousoura, since September 13. The Japanese build vessel will undergo a serious facelift before its introduction on the Italy – Albania route next summer season.
The ship was purchased from Japan (Shikoku Kaihatsu Ferry) in December 2018 and arrived in the port of Aigion (Greece) on March 3, 2019.
She was built at Imabari in 1994. She is 9.917gt (3.155 dwt), 164m long, 25,6m wide and 5,5m draught. Her carrying capacity is for 730 passengers (312 beds), 122 trucks and 278 cars (1,251 lane meters), but that is going to change. She has two Pielstick main engines (27,000 b.h.p.) and her service speed is 22 knots.