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-Levante Ferries

ex-IONIAN STAR (ΙΟΝΙΑΝ ΣΤΑΡ) for Tyrogalas Ferries (2003-2015) and also for Levante Ferries (2015-2016)

Built in 1984 (age 40). Registered in Piraeus. Current lines: Kyllini-Zakynthos and Kyllini-Kefalonia

The conventional ferry MARE DI LEVANTE was built in Japan in 1984. Her initial name was NIIHAMA 2, and she operated for the same Japanese company which owned her future Ionian Sea partner, the DIONISIOS SOLOMOS (then known as the ROYAL KAWANOE), Shikoku Chuo Ferry, on the Osaka-Kobe-Kawanoe-Niihama line. In 1994 she was sold to the South Korean company Kukjae Express and was renamed KUKJAE EXPRESS FERRY 2, and in 1999 she was renamed SEA WORLD EXPRESS FERRY. She operated on the Busan-Jeju line under both names. In 2003 she was bought by the Zakynthos-based company Tyrogalas Ferries and was renamed IONIAN STAR. She underwent a major conversion initially in South Korea and later in Greece (in Perama), whereupon she received a new bow, new stabilisers and many new passenger accomodations. She entered service on the Ionian Sea, on the Kyllini-Zakynthos line, where she operated under the Ionian Ferries joint venture. She also operated occasionally on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line during the summer. After 12 successful years with Tyrogalas Ferries, the ship was sold to Levante Ferries in 2015, marking the end of the Ionian Ferries joint venture and the beginning of the new Ionian Group joint venture, which lasted until 2019. After a short term on the Patras-Kefalonia-Ithaca line in late 2015, she underwent a minor conversion in 2016 in Perama, during which she was renamed MARE DI LEVANTE. She subsequently resumed service on both the Kyllini-Zakynthos line and the Kyllini-Kefalonia line.


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