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-Zante Ferries

Built in 1990 (age 34). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Piraeus-Kythnos-Serifos-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios-Santorini


The conventional ferry DIONISIOS SOLOMOS was built in Japan in 1990, for the Japanese company Shikoku Chuo Ferry. Her first name was ROYAL KAWANOE, and she spent her first 8 years in Japan, on the Osaka-Kobe-Kawanoe-Niihama line. The latter closed in 1998, and as a result she was bought in 1999 by Zante Ferries, a Greek company that was part of the Ionian Ferries joint venture along with Tyrogalas Ferries. She was converted in Perama, was renamed DIONISIOS SOLOMOS, and was deployed on the Kyllini-Zakynthos line and on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line. In 2013, she operated on the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca line for the summer. With the discontinuation of Ionian Ferries and the creation of the new joint venture Ionian Group in the summer of 2015, the ship was again transferred to the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca line (which had been inactive since her previous service there in 2013) for the high season, though she was then replaced by the IONIAN STAR (now the MARE DI LEVANTE of Levante Ferries) and later by the SPEEDRUNNER III of Aegean Speed Lines (now the SPEEDRUNNER JET of Sea Jets), which was chartered for the 2016 season. She then returned to the Kyllini-Zakynthos line and to the Kyllini-Kefalonia line in 2016, which turned out to be her final season on the Ionian Sea. In 2017, she underwent a major conversion in Keratsini (whereupon she received a new bow and saw her stern being upgraded) and she began operations on the Aegean Sea, on the Western Cyclades, alongside her fleetmate, the ADAMANTIOS KORAIS. She was deployed on the Piraeus-Kythnos-Serifos-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios line. In 2019 she was deployed on the Piraeus-Kythnos-Serifos-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos-Folegandros-Sikinos-Ios-Santorini line.


PHOTOS (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021):


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