Smokin’ in the Sun

The peak season for Southern Europe’s ferry fleets is in full swing with chartered, elderly and seasonal tonnage pressed into service alongside the regular ships to cope with the seasonal demand.

One thing that is notable from sailing in the area in recent times has been the dark and oily emissions from many of the ferries’ funnels. Ever-higher fuel costs have meant that many operators have opted for the lowest grade fuel oils available, presumably after considering the potential adverse effects this can have on the machinery against the cost savings. The results in terms of emissions from the ships themselves are quite spectacular – though hardly environmentally friendly. Here are a few images from the past year or so of Southern Europe’s ferries, and the results of what their owners have been feeding them.

Isabel Del Mar

Isabel Del Mar

Isla de Botafoc

Isla de Botafoc

Berkane

Berkane

Moby Corse

Moby Corse

Moby Corse

Moby Corse

Moby Vincent

Moby Vincent

Mega Express Five

Mega Express Five

Moby Freedom

Moby Freedom

Moby Freedom

Moby Freedom

Liburnija

Liburnija

Azzurra

Azzurra

Sveti Stefan II

Sveti Stefan II

Sveti Stefan II

Sveti Stefan II

Athens

Athens

Ionis

Ionis

Rigel

Rigel

Rigel

Rigel

Apollon

Apollon

Flaminia

Flaminia

Elli T

Elli T

Superfast VI (and her self-made weather system)

Superfast VI (and her self-made weather system)

Superfast VI

Superfast VI

Penelope A

Penelope A

Phivos

Phivos

Last, but not least, from a couple of years ago the Romilda, notorious for spewing dirty fumes before it became fashionable.

Last, but not least, from a couple of years ago the Romilda, notorious for spewing dirty fumes before it became fashionable.

3 Comments

  • By marco, July 19, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

    i’ ve double checked my pics of mega express(es) here in nice and situation seems better…anyway, where and when was the “apollon” pic taken? I’ve sailed on the “apollon exprrss” under flying dolphins colors..

  • By Administrator, July 23, 2010 @ 10:11 pm

    The Apollon was at Bari last year. Interested in your comments on the Mega Five – whenever I’ve seen her I’ve been left with the impression that she was the worst of the Tourship fleet for fume spewing! Matt.

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