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-Triton Ferries

Built in 1977 (age 47). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Lavrion-Kea-Kythnos

The legendary ferry IONIS was ordered in 1968 by the Zakynthos-based company Kaparis Shipping. However, due to economic difficulties, she remained incomplete, until she was acquired by Ionian Lines in 1975. She was finally completed in Greece in 1977 and she began service on the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca line on the Ionian Sea. In 1978 she was deployed on the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca-Astakos-Paxoi-Corfu line. The following year, she was deployed on the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca-Paxoi-Corfu-Brindisi line. In 1984, following the financial issues of Ionian Lines, she was laid-up in Kefalonia. She was then transferred to the state-owned company Hellenic Coastal Lines in 1985, and she was deployed on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line. In 1986 she returned to the the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca-Astakos-Paxoi-Corfu line, while in 1987 she returned to the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca-Paxoi-Corfu-Brindisi line. The unsuccessful years of the company saw the ship being withdrawn from service in 1989. She was chartered by Seven Islands Lines (later known as Lefkaditis Lines), which deployed her on the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca-Paxoi-Igoumenitsa-Corfu-Brindisi line. Her charter ended in 1991, and, following a short stint on the inter-Cyclades service, she was laid-up in Elefsina, until 1993, when she was bought by the Zakynthos-based company Tyrogalas Ferries. She was converted to a day ferry in Perama, and she was deployed on the Kyllini-Zakynthos line as well as on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line, under the newly-formed Ionian Ferries joint venture, which also included Zante Ferries and occasionally ANEZ. She was converted again in 2007 in Piraeus, receiving side sponsons that were required by her registry. In 2015, with the arrival of the superb FIOR DI LEVANTE of Levante Ferries, Tyrogalas Ferries decided to operate the IONIS on the Saronic Gulf, deploying her on the Piraeus-Aegina-Methana-Poros line, under the new Ionis Ferries brandname, named after her. In 2016 she was sold to newly-established Leve Ferries, owned by Leventakis Shipping, thus marking the end of Tyrogalas Ferries' activities in the Greek coastal service. However she remained on the Saronic Gulf, operating exclusively on the Piraeus-Aegina line. Her first and eventually only summer with Leve Ferries was successful, but conflicts regarding debts owed to her previous owners kept the ship laid-up in Salamina for the 2017 summer season, until she was sold to the Neapolis Voion-based company Triton Ferries for service on the Kythira-Antikythira lifeline. Leve Ferries subsequently ceased operations, and the ship, following a refit in Perama, began service for her new owners in late 2017, being deployed on the Piraeus-Gytheion-Kythira-Antikythira-Kissamos line. In 2020 she moved to the Cyclades and was deployed on the Lavrion-Kea-Kythnos line.


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