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.