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-Hellenic Seaways (2005-2019)

Built in 1984, scrapped in 2019 (age 35). Was registered in Piraeus. 


The hydrofoil FLYING DOLPHIN XVIII was built in Georgia (then part of the Soviet Union) in 1984, for the Greek hydrofoil company Ceres Flying Dolphins, joining alongside her sister ship, the FLYING DOLPHIN XVII. She began service on the Sporades in 1993, being assigned on the Agios Konstantinos-Volos-Trikeri-Pefki-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos-Marmaras line. In 1999 Ceres Flying Dolphins was transferred to Minoan Flying Dolphins, which became Hellas Flying Dolphins in 2002. The hydrofoil remained on the Sporades under the latter's ownership, although this time she was on the Agios Konstantinos-Volos-Trikeri-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos line. In 2005, when her company was rebranded as Hellenic Seaways, she returned to the Saronic Gulf, being deployed on the Piraeus-Aegina-Agistri-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line. Even though she was supposed to be retired in 2014 because of the completion of her 30 years of service, Hellenic Seaways was granted a one-year extension for both her and the FLYING DOLPHIN XVII. Then, even though her service was due to end in 2015, the hydrofoil was again granted an indefinite extension, allowing her to continue her operations on the Saronic Gulf. In 2019, however, she was seriously damaged by a fire which occurred while she was undergoing her annual refit in Perama. Having been declared a constructive total loss, she was scrapped on the spot in late 2019, after a 35-year-long career in Greece.

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