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Hellenic Seaways is a Greek shipping company operating passenger and freight ferry services in the Aegean and Adriatic Seas. The company is owned by the Attica Group, which currently controls the majority stake, 98.83%.

Hellenic Seaways
Private
PredecessorHellas Ferries
Founded2005
HeadquartersPiraeus, Athens, Greece
Area served
Greek Islands, Italy
Key people
Konstantinos Klironomos (Chairman)
Antonios Agapitos (CEO)[1]
ProductsShipping
ServicesPassenger transportation
Freight transportation
RevenueIncrease €704.3 million (2014)[2]
Increase €50.1 million (2014)[2]
Increase 29.9 million (2014)
Total assetsDecrease €895.7 million (2014)[2]
Total equityIncrease 678.5 million (2014)
OwnerAttica Group [3]
(98.83%)
Number of employees
1,008 (2015)
ParentAttica Group
Websitewww.hellenicseaways.gr
Austal-built Highspeed 5 manoeuvring in the port of Ios Island.
Flyingcat 4 approaching the port of Santorini island.
MS Ariadne departing Venice
Hydrofoil Flying Dolphin XVII at high speed level

HistoryEdit

Hellenic Seaways was created in 2005 following the consolidation of Minoan Flying Dolphins and its subsidiaries Hellas Flying Dolphins, Hellas Ferries Saronikos Ferries and Sporades Ferries.

It is the biggest Greek shipping Company, which operates 21 vessels, 9 conventional, and 12 high-speed, servicing more than 35 ports in the Cyclades, North East Aegean, South East Aegean, Crete, Argosaronikos and Sporades. [4]

In August 2009 Hellenic Seaways purchased the single-ship, budget cruise line easyCruise from founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou.[5]

In January 2011 Minoan Lines (Heraklion) cancelled the sale of its 33,35% stake in Hellenic Seaways to ANEK and try to find a new buyer for it.[6]

In June 2018 Minoan Lines (Heraklion) sold its 48.53% stake in Hellenic Seaways to Attica Group for 78.5 million euros.[7]

FleetEdit

Hellenic Seaways operate a large fleet of high speed craft,[8][9] conventional ferries [10]

Conventional FerriesEdit

Ship Flag Built Gross tonnage Length Width Passengers Cars Speed Notes
Artemis   1997 1.612 GT 89,8 m 14 m 1.250 74 18
Express Skiathos   1996 1.996 GT 77,9 m 22 m 1.390 184 19
Express Pegasus   1977 4.863 GT 125,7 m 18,5 m 1.518 200 20
Nissos Mykonos   2005 14.717 GT 141 m 21 m 1.915 418 25.5
Nissos Chios   2007 14.717 GT 141 m 21 m 1.715 418 28,0
Nissos Rodos   1987 29.733 GT 192,5 m 27 m 1.600 750 23
Nissos Samos   1988 30.435 GT 192,9 m 29,4 m 1.725 700 21
Ariadne   1996 30.882 GT 196m 27 m 1.845 560 27,5 On charter to Tirrenia

HighspeedEdit

Ship Flag Built Gross tonnage Length Width Passengers Cars Speed Notes
Highspeed 4   2000 6.274 GT 92 m 24 m 1004 188 40.5
Hellenic Highspeed   1997 4.463 GT 100 m 17 m 724 165 35 On charter to Fast Ferries

FlyingcatEdit

Ship Flag Built Gross tonnage Length Width Passengers Cars Speed Notes
Flyingcat 3   1998 613 GT 47,7 m 11,8 m 360 - 40
Flyingcat 4   1999 794 GT 55,1 m 13 m 440 - 40
Flyingcat 5   1996 496 GT 40 m 10 m 337 - 30
Flyingcat 6   1997 493 GT 40 m 10,1 m 337 - 30

Flying DolphinsEdit

Ship Flag Built Gross tonnage Length Width Passengers Speed Notes
Flying Dolphin XVII   1984 162 GT 32 m 6 m 128 30
Flying Dolphin XXIX   1993 161 GT 35 m 6 m 128 40

Current RoutesEdit

[11]

Cyclades

North Aegean

Argosaronikos

Sporades

DestinationsEdit

Terminated RoutesEdit

Hellenic Seaways covered itineraries to Chania in Crete island in the summer periods from 2004-2006 with the highspeed vessel Highspeed 4 in 4 hours and 30 minutes, and in summer 2007 with the passenger ferry Ariadne" The company also launched routes from Piraeus to Rethymno port, in Crete with Highspeed 5"in summer 2008. In the summer season of 2010 Hellenic Seaways launched for the first time itineraries from Piraeus to Dodecanese islands, Kos and Rhodes, (through Paros) with the passenger ferry Nissos Rodos but after an unsuccessful period they were cancelled.

Until early summer 2018, Hellenic Seaways sailed from Heraklion in Crete to Mykonos with calls at the ports of Santorini, Ios and Paros with the Highspeed 7. Then, Hellenic Seaways withdrew from the route, due to the Highspeed 7 being transferred to Minoan Lines as part of the deal for the sale of Minoan's stake in Hellenic Seaways to Attica Group. The vessel, however, remained in the route under the flag of its new owner and the new name Santorini Palace.

Marketing CampaignsEdit

  • Summer 2006: "Πάμε Κυκλάδες", "Πάμε Χανιά", "Πάμε Χίο και Μυτιλήνη" (Let's Go)
  • Summer 2007: "Πτήσεις για... Κυκλάδες, Αργοσαρωνικό, Σποράδες, Χίο & Μυτιλήνη" (Flights to...)
  • Summer 2008: "Πιο γρήγορα από ποτέ" (Faster Than Ever)
  • Summer 2009–2012: "Πάμε μαζί" (Let's go together)
  • Summer 2013–present:"Πάμε Αιγαίο" (Let's travel in the Aegean Sea)

Bonus & MilesEdit

Bonus & Miles is the frequent program of Hellenic Seaways. For every 1000 miles a member collects, the company refunds them with 10% of the total price of the tickets they have purchased. Upon completion of 3000 miles, the members are upgraded to the "Gold Member" status and enjoy additional privileges on board.

Saronikos Joint VentureEdit

In late 2013 Hellenic Seaways formed a joint venture with Saronic Gulf rivals Nova Ferries and 2way Ferries. Created to offer better schedules and better prices for the consumers, the joint venture marketed as Saronic Ferries, using four vessels and covering a total of four destinations.[12][13] After selling the ferries Posidon Hellas and Apollon Hellas to 2way Ferries in 2015 and 2016 respectively, Hellenic Seaways left the joint venture.

AwardsEdit

In 2007 Hellenic Seaways was awarded by "Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards" as "The Best Passenger Line of the Year 2007" and their, then new-building vessel, Nissos Chios, was awarded with the prize of "The Best Ship of the Year 2007".[14] Her sister ship, the Nissos Mykonos, had also won the same award in 2006. In 2014 Hellenic Seaways was again awarded by "Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards" as "The Best Passenger Line of the Year 2014".[15]

Former shipsEdit

The following list includes former ships of the current company and of predecessors Minoan Flying Dolphins (MFD) and its subsidiaries.

  • Highspeed 1 (IMO: 9125932)
  • Highspeed 2 (IMO: 9216169)
  • Highspeed 3 (IMO: 9216171)
  • Highspeed 5/7 (IMO: 9329095)
  • Highspeed 6 (IMO: 9221346)
  • Flying Cat 1 (IMO: 8916865)
  • Flying Cat 2 (IMO:9185683)
  • Hellenic Carrier (scrapped)
  • Hellenic Sailor (scrapped)
  • Hellenic Trader (scrapped)
  • Hellenic Master (scrapped)
  • Express Apollon (scrapped)(IMO: 7235915)
  • Express Poseidon (scrapped)(IMO: 7302885)
  • Express Adonis (scrapped)
  • Express Samina (IMO: 6613548)
  • Express Aphrodite
  • Express Hermes (scrapped)
  • Express Aris (scrapped)
  • Express Athina (scrapped)
  • Express Danae (scrapped)
  • Express Santorini
  • Express Athina (scrapped)
  • Express Anemos
  • Express Milos (scrapped)
  • Express Naias (scrapped)
  • Express Olympia (scrapped)
  • Panagia Ekatodapiliani (scrapped)
  • Eutichia
  • Saronikos
  • Limnos (scrapped)
  • Faidra (scrapped)
  • Papadiamantis (sank)
  • Makedon
  • Erotokritos (scrapped) (IMO: 7394747)
  • Aias
  • Nefeli (IMO: 8911140)
  • Poseidon Hellas (IMO: 8966963)
  • Apollon Hellas (IMO: 8807105)
  • Aegina (scrapped)
  • Ellas
  • Afaia
  • Apostolos (sank)
  • Flying Dolphin I
  • Flying Dolphin II
  • Flying Dolphin III
  • Flying Dolphin IV (IMO: 7933385)
  • Flying Dolphin V
  • Flying Dolphin VI (scrapped)
  • Flying Dolphin VII
  • Flying Dolphin VIII
  • Flying Dolphin IX
  • Flying Dolphin X (IMO: 7939004)
  • Flying Dolphin XI
  • Flying Dolphin XII (IMO: 7942312)
  • Flying Dolphin XIV
  • Flying Dolphin XV (IMO: 8132043)
  • Flying Dolphin XVI (IMO: 8038637)
  • Flying Dolphin XX (IMO: 7937226)
  • Flying Dolphin XXI (scrapped)
  • Flying Dolphin XXII (IMO: 7729928)
  • Flying Dolphin XXIII
  • Flying Dolphin XXIV (scrapped)
  • Flying Dolphin XXV (scrapped)
  • Flying Dolphin XXVI
  • Flying Dolphin XXVII (scrapped)
  • Flying Dolphin XXVIII (scrapped)
  • Mega Dolphin XXX (scrapped)
  • Mega Dolphin XXXI (scrapped)
  • Mega Dolphin XXXII (scrapped)
  • Star Trailer (scrapped)
  • Sea Trailer (scrapped)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hellenic Seaways - Πάμε Αιγαίο". Hellenic Seaways. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c https://hellenicseaways.gr/storage/files/uploads/hsw-annual-report-financial-statements-2014-el.pdf
  3. ^ "Grimaldi Sells Its Share in Hellenic Seaways". Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Sea Star Capital Plc". Sea Star Capital Plc. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
  5. ^ "EasyCruise Sold to Hellenic Seaways". Cruise Industry News. August 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  6. ^ .ekathimerini.com 30.09.2011 http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite2_1_03/01/2011_371619
  7. ^ .tornosnews.gr 30.09.2011 http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/transport/ferries/27840-update-attica-holdings-acquires-remaining-hsw-shares-from-minoan-lines.html
  8. ^ "HSW highspeed fleet". Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  9. ^ "HSW Flyingcat fleet". Archived from the original on 20 November 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  10. ^ "HSW conventional ferries". Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ https://plus.google.com/+Ferriesingreece. "Ferry News: Joint venture of ferries to Saronic islands". FerriesInGreece. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  13. ^ http://www.neaepohi.gr/index.php/saronikos-news/aigina/thetiki-i-antapokrisi-tis-koinopraksias-ploion-saronikou-gia-dromologia-apo-kai-pros-soubala.html
  14. ^ http://www.hellenicseaways.gr/index.asp?a_id=242&news_id=171
  15. ^ "Hellenic Seaways - Πάμε Αιγαίο". Hellenic Seaways. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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