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-ANEK Lines

Built in 1991 (age 33). Registered in Limassol. Current line: Piraeus-Samos-Patmos-Leros-Kos-Symi-Rhodes

The cruiseferry ASTERION II was built in 1991 in Japan, as the ISHIKARI for the Japanese company Taiheiyō Ferry. She was deployed on the Nagoya-Sendai-Tomakomai line, where she operated for 20 years. In 2011 she was sold to the Chinese company Grand Shipping Line and she was renamed GRAND SPRING. She underwent a refit in Shanghai and she subsequently began service on the Weihai-Pyeongtaek line, thus connecting China with South Korea via the Yellow Sea. She was laid-up in Weihai in 2015. The following year she was sold to the South Korean company Gwangyang Line in order to enter service on the Gwangyang-Shimonosheki line on the Korea Strait, but the project did not materialise and the ship remained laid-up in Weihai. In 2018 she was acquired by the Greek company ANEK Lines and she was renamed ASTERION II. She was converted in Perama, and she was deployed on the Patras-Igoumenitsa-Venice line on the Adriatic Sea. In 2024 she was deployed on the Piraeus-Samos-Patmos-Leros-Kos-Symi-Rhodes line on the Dodecanese.

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