FLYING DOLPHIN XIX (ΦΛΑΪΝΓΚ ΝΤΟΛΦΙΝ XIΧ)

-Hellenic Seaways

Built in 1983 (age 38). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Piraeus-Aegina-Agistri-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli

 

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.

 

PHOTOS (2020):

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

My first-ever picture of the FLYING DOLPHIN XIX since she resumed service eight years after her accident, as she is resting in Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX approaching the port of Aegina (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX approaching the port of Aegina (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX approaching the port of Aegina (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX docking in Aegina (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX having just docked in Aegina (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen departing the port of Aegina during the evening (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen departing the port of Aegina during the evening (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen in Piraeus, as she is operating on the Saronic Gulf for the first time since 2012 (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen departing the port of Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen departing the port of Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen departing the port of Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen leaving the port of Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen leaving the port of Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen leaving the port of Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen leaving Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen leaving Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen on the Saronic Gulf, heading from Aegina to Piraeus (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

A view of the FLYING DOLPHIN XIX from the highest hill of Aegina, as she is seen on the Saronic Gulf and heading towards Poros (8/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX docked in Piraeus (8/2020).

FLYING DOLPHIN XIX
FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen in Piraeus (9/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen in Piraeus (9/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

Crossing the FLYING DOLPHIN XIX on the Saronic Gulf, shortly after she exited the port of Piraeus (9/2020).

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FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

Crossing the FLYING DOLPHIN XIX on the Saronic Gulf, shortly after she exited the port of Piraeus (9/2020).

FLYING DOLPHIN XIX
FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

Crossing the FLYING DOLPHIN XIX on the Saronic Gulf, shortly after she exited the port of Piraeus (9/2020).

FLYING DOLPHIN XIX
FLYING DOLPHIN XIX

The FLYING DOLPHIN XIX seen in Piraeus (9/2020).