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2018 in images. Part 2 – Southern Europe

Benchijigua Express, Los Cristianos

Benchijigua Express, Los Cristianos

The second part of the 2018 photo review, this time favourite images taken in Southern Europe during the year.

Vitsentzos Kornaros (ex-Viking Viscount), Salamina

Vitsentzos Kornaros (ex-Viking Viscount), Salamina

On board Don Peppino (ex-Malmo)

On board Don Peppino (ex-Malmo)

Rigel II (ex-Visby, Stena Felicity)

Rigel II (ex-Visby, Stena Felicity)

Hellenic Spirit & Asterion II at Igoumenitsa

Hellenic Spirit & Asterion II at Igoumenitsa

Bari (ex-St Anselm, Stena Cambria) at Igoumenitsa

Bari (ex-St Anselm, Stena Cambria) at Igoumenitsa

AF Francesca, Bari

AF Francesca, Bari

Al Andalus Express (ex-Nord pas-de-Calais) at Puerto del Rosario

Al Andalus Express (ex-Nord pas-de-Calais) at Puerto del Rosario

Knossos Palace, Piraeus

Knossos Palace, Piraeus

Nuraghes & Rhapsody (ex-Napoleon Bonaparte), Genoa

Nuraghes & Rhapsody (ex-Napoleon Bonaparte), Genoa

Phivos at Aegina

Phivos at Aegina

Cruise Barcelona, Porto Torres

Cruise Barcelona, Porto Torres

Benchijigua Express, Volcan de Taburiente & Aurora at San Sebastian de La Gomera

Benchijigua Express, Volcan de Taburiente & Aurora at San Sebastian de La Gomera

Flying Dolphin Athina & Nissos Samos (ex-New Akashia, Ionian Queen) at Piraeus

Flying Dolphin Athina & Nissos Samos (ex-New Akashia, Ionian Queen) at Piraeus

Korcula, Split

Korcula, Split

Sardinia Vera, Bastia

Sardinia Vera, Bastia

Kriti I

Kriti I

Moby Dada (ex-Finlandia, Queen of Scandinavia)

Moby Dada (ex-Finlandia, Queen of Scandinavia)

Isola del Giglio (ex-Stavanger) & Giuseppe Rum, Giglio

Isola del Giglio (ex-Stavanger) & Giuseppe Rum, Giglio

St Damian (ex-Viking 3, Roslagen)

St Damian (ex-Viking 3, Roslagen)

Fauno off Capo Miseno

Fauno off Capo Miseno

Zadar (ex-Ibn Battouta 2), Split

Zadar (ex-Ibn Battouta 2), Split

Petar Hektorovic (ex-Langeland III) at Vis

Petar Hektorovic (ex-Langeland III) at Vis

Volcan de Taburiente

Volcan de Taburiente

Moby Corse (ex-Dana Anglia, Pont l'Abbe), Bastia

Moby Corse (ex-Dana Anglia, Pont l’Abbe), Bastia

St Damian (ex-Viking 3, Roslagen), Vlore

St Damian (ex-Viking 3, Roslagen), Vlore

Rhapsody, Porto Torres

Rhapsody, Porto Torres

Bentago Express, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Bentago Express, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Asterion II, Igoumenitsa

Asterion II, Igoumenitsa

Quirino, Ischia

Quirino, Ischia

Eurocargo Roma & Eurocargo Ravenna, Salerno

Eurocargo Roma & Eurocargo Ravenna, Salerno

Moby Zaza (ex-Olau Britannia) at Bastia

Moby Zaza (ex-Olau Britannia) at Bastia

GNV Azzurra (ex-Gotland, Peter Wessel) & Rigel II (ex-Visby, Stena Felicity)

GNV Azzurra (ex-Gotland, Peter Wessel) & Rigel II (ex-Visby, Stena Felicity), Durres

Rigel I (ex-Bore I), Igoumenitsa

Rigel I (ex-Bore I), Igoumenitsa

Agios Nektarias Aeginas

The Agios Nektarias Aeginas was built in Elefsis in 1999, and initially served Volos routings as the Panagia Skiathou before soon taking her current name and being placed into service out of Piraeus on the short but already well-served route to Aegina. She was acquired by ANES Lines in 1998, retaining her name and sphere of operation. ANES are one of the traditional, locally-based co-operative Greek ferry operators, whose operations otherwise focus on their home community, in this case the small Dodecanese island of Symi.

The Agios Nektarias Aeginas in white livery (2007).

The Agios Nektarias Aeginas in white livery (2007).

And in the current ANES colours.

Arriving at Aegina in the current ANES colours.

So far, so good; the ship became a familiar sight in the Great Harbour of Piraeus, but never really stood out amongst the dozens of other ships in port. Then, in the December 2009 back page ‘Ferry Tail’ in Cruise & Ferry Info, editor Klas Brogren revealed that the ship was interesting for a most unusual reason: her dummy funnel did not date from 1999 like the rest of the ship but, in fact, had been ‘recycled’ from the 1964-built Apollo of Viking Line, that company’s first purpose-built ship.

The Apollo of 1964.

The Apollo of 1964.

The Apollo was sold to Canadian owners in 1967 as the Manic, before heading to Greece in 1978, where she took the names Ainos, Neraida II, Ydra and, finally, Agios Nektarios, latterly under the Ventouris Ferries banner. Ventouris collapsed in 1996 whereupon she was sold but the ship seemingly never re-entered service and was laid up for years, latterly in Keratsini adjacent to the equally abandoned Theseus (ex-Dundalk, St Cybi). She finally sank in a storm in late 2003, the wreck being raised a couple of years later.

However… when the ship was rebuilt in 1993 her dummy funnel, which had originally contained the captain’s cabin, was removed. It appears to have been put to one side before being installed on the new Panagia Skiathou when she was completed in 1999. That ship later, perhaps coincidentally, also inherited the Agios Nektarias name.

A trip to Aegina is a most pleasant way to spend a day and, in November last year, having made an earlier outbound crossing on Nova Ferries’ soon to be sold Phedra, we boarded the Agios Nektarias Aeginas to see what all the fuss was about.

On the berth in Aegina.

The rather cramped vehicle deck.

The rather cramped vehicle deck.

Up on deck for a closer inspection of the dummy funnel - it was clearly still in use by crew.

Up on deck for a closer inspection of the dummy funnel - it was clearly still in use by crew.

What's behind that door...?

What's behind that door...?

Slightly anticlimactically, inside the structure there was no luxurious captain's cabin, rather just a simply kitted-out crew mess. Oh well!

Slightly anticlimactically, inside the structure there was no luxurious captain's cabin, rather just a simply kitted-out crew mess. Oh well!

Looking around the rest of the ship, the Agios Nektarias Aeginas really does seem to have been made up of spare parts: her liferaft davits, for instance, have builder’s plates dating from 1987 (supplied by Welin Lambie Ltd in the West Midlands). Meanwhile in the saloons, some of the chairs certainly date back to before 1999 and their Swedish modern look prompts idle speculation that perhaps these too had come over from the old Apollo.

Outside deck.

Outside deck.

Upper saloon.

Upper saloon.

Aft lounge on the main deck.

Aft lounge on the main deck.

Forward lounge.

Forward lounge.

Older-style chair.

Older-style chair.

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