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-Hellenic Seaways

Built in 1983 (age 41). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: None (under drydock in Perama)


The hydrofoil FLYING DOLPHIN XIX was built in Georgia (then part of the Soviet Union) in 1983, as the the COLCHIS 1 for the Soviet company Black Sea Shipping Company-Noroflot. She was the lead ship of the prominent Kolkhida-class, and she began service on the Odessa-Yalta line on the Black Sea. In 1986 she was sold to the Greek hydrofoil company Ceres Flying Dolphins, and she was renamed FLYING DOLPHIN XIX. She was deployed on the Sporades and on the Northeast Aegean Sea, as she was introduced on the Agios Konstantinos-Oreoi-Volos-Trikeri-Pefki-Platanias-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos-Skyros-Porto Karras-Marmaras-Nea Moudania line. In 1999 Ceres Flying Dolphins was transferred to Minoan Flying Dolphins, with the FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seeing her service limited to the Agios Konstantinos-Volos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos line. Her company was renamed Hellas Flying Dolphins in 2002 and then was renamed Hellenic Seaways in 2005. In 2004 she moved from the Sporades to the Saronic Gulf, as she was deployed on the Piraeus-Aegina-Agistri-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line. Her service there abruptly ended in 2012, as she ran aground in the small islet of Metopi, while sailing between Aegina and Agistri. She was refloated and towed to Perama, where she was declared a constructive total loss and was laid-up, being taken out of the plans of Hellenic Seaways. She remained laid-up for the next seven years, until her fleetmate and sister ship, the FLYING DOLPHIN XVIII, was completely damaged by a fire while she was undergoing her refit in Perama. As a result of this, Hellenic Seaways decided to reactivate and to repair the FLYING DOLPHIN XIX, which underwent a significant renovation and was fully restored for service. She made her return to the Saronic Gulf in 2020, being reinserted on the Piraeus-Aegina-Agistri-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line.


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