Built in 1973 (age 49). Registered in Chios. Current line: None (laid-up in Elefsina Bay)
The cruiseferry MYTILENE is perhaps the most historic ship NEL Lines have ever had, and is surely among the greatest ships in the history of the Greek coastal service. She was built in Japan in 1973, as the VEGA for the Japanese company Higashi Nihon Ferry, and she operated on the Sendai-Tomokomai line. She was bought by NEL Lines in 1990 and was renamed MYTILENE. She underwent an extensive conversion in Perama and was deployed in 1992 on the Piraeus-Chios-Mytilene-Limnos-Thessaloniki line on the Northeast Aegean Sea. Between 2004 and 2006 the ship was sponsored by telephone company Life's Good. In 2012 she was on the Piraeus-Ikaria-Samos-Chios-Mytilene-Limnos-Kavala line, and from late 2012 to 2015 she was on the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Fournoi-Samos line. She remained in service despite NEL Lines' serious financial difficulties, continuing to travel efficiently, but a major engine failure in Samos in 2015 saw her laid-up there, while also being detained by her crew, as her company could not afford towing her back to Piraeus, her reparation and the salaries of the crew. She stayed on the island for a year, until she was towed to Elefsina Bay in 2016, in order to continue her lay-up. Her future remains uncertain.
PHOTOS (2013, 2014):
The great MYTILENE resting in Piraeus (8/2013).
The MYTILENE seen in Piraeus (7/2014).