AQUA SPIRIT (ΑΚΟΥΑ ΣΠΙΡΙΤ)

-NEL Lines (2011-2016), Sea Jets Ferries (2016-2017)

current NORTHERN SEA WOLF for BC Ferries

Built in 2001 (age 20). Was registered in Piraeus. Current line: None in Greece, sold to BC Ferries for service in Canada

The AQUA SPIRIT was built in Greece in 2001. She was owned by Agios Andreas Shipping, and began service on the Piraeus-Aegina-Methana-Poros line on the Saronic Gulf, as the AGIOS ANDREAS II. In 2003 she was deployed on the Kefalonia-Ithaca-Astakos line on the Ionian Sea, while in 2004 she was sold to Kefalonia Lines (not related to Kefalonian Lines, which operated from 2013 to 2018). In 2005 she was renamed ANDREAS II and was transferred to the Neapolis Voion-Kythira line, where she was very successful. She was lengthened in Perama in 2006, and remained in service until 2007, after being acquired by Swedish company Mr. Shoppy. She was renamed MR SHOPPY ONE, and was converted into a floating supermarket, while also operating on the Strömstad-Sarpsborg line on the Skagerrak in 2008. In 2009 she was deployed on the Strömstad-Tønsberg line, before being laid-up at the end of the year in Gothenburg. In 2011 the ship was purchased by NEL Lines, thus making a comeback to Greece. She was converted in Drapetsona, was renamed AQUA SPIRIT, and was deployed on the company's inter-Cyclades service on the Lavrion-Kea-Kythnos-Andros-Tinos-Syros-Paros-Naxos-Donousa-Amorgos-Koufonisi-Schoinousa-Irakleia-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios-Thirassia-Santorini-Anafi lifeline, where she replaced the high speed ferry AEOLOS KENTERIS II. Despite four successful years in this service, her operations could not prevent the company's financial collapse, and the ship was the final one operating for the Lesbos-based company, before being arrested by her crew in Lavrion in 2015. After many months of lay-up, she was sold to Sea Jets in 2016, thus becoming the first conventional ferry in the history of the company, as the latter was only operating high speed craft at the time. Sea Jets thus decided to operate her under a different brandname compared to the one used on the high speed craft: Sea Jets Ferries. She returned to service on the same inter-Cyclades service on which she had been operating during her stint with NEL Lines, namely the Lavrion-Kea-Kythnos-Andros-Tinos-Syros-Paros-Naxos-Donousa-Amorgos-Koufonisi-Schoinousa-Irakleia-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios-Thirassia-Santorini-Anafi line. She stayed there until 2017, when she was sold to the Canadian company BC Ferries. She was renamed NORTHERN SEA WOLF and left the Greek waters for the second time in her career, after a very successful stint on the inter-Cyclades service. She was replaced by her former NEL Lines fleetmate, the AQUA JEWEL, which was also acquired by Sea Jets. Due to delays during her conversion in Canada, she was not able to serve her new line for the 2018 season. Instead, she entered service in 2019 on the Port Hardy-Bella Coola line.

 

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AQUA SPIRIT
AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT laid-up in the port of Lavrion. Her NEL Lines insignia are erased however, implying an imminent sale to another shipping company (7/2015).

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AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT having just arrived in Ios, during her second summer with Sea Jets (7/2017).

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AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT having just arrived in Ios and preparing to maneuver (7/2017).

AQUA SPIRIT
AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT having just arrived in Ios and preparing to maneuver (7/2017).

AQUA SPIRIT
AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT having just arrived in Ios and preparing to maneuver (7/2017).

AQUA SPIRIT
AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT having just arrived in the port of Ios and preparing to maneuver (7/2017).

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AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT almost ready to maneuver in Ios (7/2017).

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AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT almost ready to maneuver in Ios (7/2017).

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AQUA SPIRIT

The beautiful and hard-working AQUA SPIRIT maneuvering in the port of Ios (7/2017).

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AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT having completed her maneuvering procedure and preparing to dock in Ios (7/2017).

AQUA SPIRIT
AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT having completed her maneuvering procedure and preparing to dock in Ios (7/2017).

AQUA SPIRIT
AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT having completed her maneuvering procedure and preparing to dock in Ios (7/2017).

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AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT leaving Ios and heading towards Santorini (7/2017).

AQUA SPIRIT
AQUA SPIRIT

The AQUA SPIRIT leaving Ios and heading for Santorini, in what would turn out to be her final (for now) summer in Greece, as she is headed for Canada (7/2017).