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-Blue Star Ferries

ex-NISSOS MYKONOS (ΝΗΣΟΣ ΜΥΚΟΝΟΣ) for Hellenic Seaways (2005-2020)

Built in 2005 (age 19). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: None (under refit in Perama)

Considered to be among the best ships in the Greek coastal service, if not the best in Greece, the amazing and acclaimed cruiseferry BLUE STAR MYCONOS was originally ordered by Strintzis Lines in 1999, due to be named SUPERFERRY CHIOS and to operate on the Piraeus-Chios-Mytilene line. Alongside her, a sister ship due to be named SUPERFERRY MYKONOS (now the BLUE STAR CHIOS) was also ordered. Both ships were to be built in Greece (they are the first-ever cruiseferries to be built in the country). In 2000, as Strintzis Lines was transferred to Attica Group and was renamed Blue Star Ferries, the ships were therefore due to be delivered as the BLUE STAR CHIOS and as the BLUE STAR MYKONOS, respectively. However, in 2002, as the construction stages went very slowly, the order was canceled by Blue Star Ferries. The keel of the BLUE STAR CHIOS remained laid-up in Salamina until 2004, when the two newbuildings were sold to Hellas Flying Dolphins for completion. The BLUE STAR CHIOS therefore became the NISSOS MYKONOS and the BLUE STAR MYKONOS became the NISSOS CHIOS. The NISSOS MYKONOS was completed in 2005 in Greece and was delivered to her company, which at the time had changed its name to Hellenic Seaways. She was deployed on the Piraeus-Chios-Mytilene line, where she became very successful. In 2006, she won the prestigious award 'Ship of the Year' given by Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards. After her sister ship, the NISSOS CHIOS, was completed in 2007, the NISSOS MYKONOS was transferred to the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Samos line. Her first years on the line were very successful as well. In 2009 she operated on the Piraeus-Paros-Naxos-Ikaria-Samos line and in 2010 and 2011 she operated on the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Fournoi-Samos line. In 2012, however, she was temporarily removed from service in a controversial manner, being replaced by the IERAPETRA L of ANEK Lines (now the AQUA BLUE of Sea Jets Ferries). Despite rumours saying the ship had been sold overseas, she returned to service on the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Samos line, but only during the summer. She was then forced to operate for a month on the Piraeus-Chios-Mytilene line when the NISSOS CHIOS, which was operating on that line, collided with the pier of the port of Tinos. She returned to the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Samos line for the rest of the summer, operating for only 12 weeks. In 2013, she resumed service on the same line, but once again only during the summer. However, during her first day of service, she suffered a fire in her funnel while heading towards Samos, but fortunately enough it was extinguished immediately by the crew, causing only minor damages to her funnel. This forced her to miss a month of service. But immediately after returning, her service was acclaimed, therefore there were many calls to have her operate on a yearly basis, but unfortunately the Ministry of Shipping and Insular Policy declined the request. She returned to service for the summer of 2014, during which she had an extremely successful season. Things got even more fortunate when the company NEL Lines was removed from operations on the Northeast Aegean Sea lifeline. Thus, in late 2014, the NISSOS MYKONOS began service on the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Samos-Chios-Mytilene-Limnos-Kavala line. Her service there was also successful, and eventually initiated the company to deploy some of its ships in the area. In 2015, the ship was deployed on the Piraeus-Paros-Naxos-Ikaria-Fournoi-Samos line, again earning positive reviews, and in 2016 she was deployed once again on the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Fournoi-Samos line. In 2017 she returned to the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Samos-Chios-Mytilene-Limnos-Kavala line. In 2020 she was transferred back to Blue Star Ferries and was renamed BLUE STAR MYCONOS. She was deployed on the Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Patmos-Ikaria-Fournoi-Samos-Chios-Oinousses-Mytilene-Limnos-Kavala line, while in 2021 she served the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Patmos-Ikaria-Fournoi-Samos-Chios-Oinousses-Mytilene-Limnos-Kavala line. She underwent a conversion in Perama in 2021, whereupon she was equipped with an exhaust gas cleaning system. In 2023 she once operated solely on the Piraeus-Syros-Mykonos-Ikaria-Samos line.

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