Blue Star Ferries

Blue Star Ferries is a brand name of Blue Star Maritime S.A. The company operates ferry services from the Greek mainland to the Aegean Islands.

Founded2000
HeadquartersAthens, Greece
Area served
Aegean Sea
ServicesPassenger transportation
Freight transportation
ParentAttica Holdings
Websitewww.bluestarferries.com

Blue star ferries is the biggest ferry company in Greece serving more than 20 destinations. Their fleet is composed of modern ferries, whose course speeds range from 23 to 30 knots.

History

Blue Star Ferries was founded in 1965 as Strintzis Lines by the Strintzis family from Lixouri, Kefalonia. The company was rebranded as Blue Ferries in 2000 following Attica Enterprises' acquisition of a 48% stake in the company.[1] Blue Star Ferries is a sister company of Superfast Ferries, as both are part of the Attica Group and have had partnership in some routes, such as Rosyth to Zeebrugge and presently Piraeus-Heraklion.

In 2000 the company took delivery of two Ro-Ro ferries built at the Dutch shipyard Van der Giessen de Noord.

In 2006 Blue Star Maritime S.A. purchased the Dodecanese ferry company DANE Sea Lines.

Blue Star Ferries ordered two ferry-type ships at Daewoo Shipyards in Korea. The first ferry, named Blue Star Delos, was delivered in first 10 days of October 2011 and the second, Blue Star Patmos in July 2012. Blue Star Delos is currently on the route: Piraeus-Paros-Naxos-Ios-Thira and Blue Star Patmos on the route: Piraeus-Chios-Mytilini(Lesvos).[2]

Fleet

Blue Star Ferries currently operates a fleet of 10 vessels.[3]

Conventional Ferries

ShipFlagBuiltEntered
service
Gross tonnageLengthWidthPassengersVehiclesKnotsPhoto
Blue Star 12000200029.415 GT176,1 m25,7 m1,89078028
Blue Star 22000200029.415 GT176,1 m25,7 m1,85478028
Blue Horizon1987200027.320 GT187,1 m27 m1,48878023
Blue Star Paros2002200210.438 GT124 m19 m1,47424024
Blue Star Naxos2002200210.438 GT124 m19 m1,47424024
Diagoras199020069.834 GT141,5 m23 m1.46227421,1
Blue Star Delos2011201117.550 GT145 m24 m2,40043025,5
Blue Star Patmos2012201217.550 GT145 m24 m2,00043025,5
Blue Galaxy1992201529.992 GT192 m27 m1,74078024

Ro-Ro Cargo Ship

ShipFlagBuiltEntered
service
Gross tonnageLengthWidthPassengersVehiclesKnotsPhoto
Blue Carrier 12000201913.073 GT142,5 m23,5 m181,680 lane metres17,5

Routes

Piraeus-Heraklion (Blue Horizon)

Piraeus-Chania (Blue Galaxy)

Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos (Blue Star Paros)

Piraeus-Syros-Paros-Naxos-Ios-Santorini-Anafi (Blue Star Patmos)

Piraeus-Paros-Naxos-Santorini (Blue Star Delos)

Piraeus-Syros-Paros-Naxos-Santorini & Amorgos-Irakleia Schoinoussa-Koufonissia-Donousa-Astypalaia (Blue Star Naxos)

Piraeus-Santorini-Samos-Kos-Symi-Rodos (Blue Star 1 and Blue Star 2)

Piraeus-Syros-Amorgos-Patmos-Leros-Kalymnos-Kos-Rhodes (Blue Star 1 and Blue Star 2)

Piraeus-Ikaria-Fournoi-Patmos-Leipsoi-Leros-Kalymnos-Kos-Nisiros-Tilos-Symi-Rhodes-Karpathos-Kasos-Kastellorizo (Nissos Chios)

Piraeus-Mykonos-Patmos-Ikaria-Fournoi-Samos-Chios-Lesvos-Limnos-Kavala (Diagoras)

Piraeus-Ikaria-Fournoi-Samos (Blue Star Paros)

Media

One of Blue Star Ferries' boats took the role of Princess Myrto in the Greek TV Show Θα Σε Δω Στο Πλοίο (literally translated: I'll See You on the Ferry) broadcast by Alpha TV, a Greek channel, in 2000 till 2002. The majority of the filming for this series was on the boat itself except for on-location filming of the characters on holiday or on leave. This is still being broadcast in certain Greek speaking countries like Cyprus.

References

  1. Attica Enterprises Annual Report 2000
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2010-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. http://www.bluestarferries.com/site/content.asp?sel=641&loc=2
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