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MENEKRATIS (ΜΕΝΕΚΡΑΤΗΣ)

-Kerkyra Lines

ex-OSIOS DAVID (ΟΣΙΟΣ ΔΑΥΪΔ) for Evoïkos Lines (2000-2017)

Built in 2000 (age 24). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: None (under refit in Corfu)

The landing craft MENEKRATIS was built in Greece in 2000, for the Greek company Evoïkos Lines under the name OSIOS DAVID. She began service on the Glyfa-Agiokampos line on the North Evoian Gulf, under the Glyfa Ferries joint venture, which included other landing craft ferries from Evoïkos Lines, Gavanozis Shipping and Aidipsos Shipping. In 2006 she was transferred to the Aidipsos Ferries joint venture and she began service on the Arkitsa-Aidipsos line. She remained in the joint venture until 2010, when her company decided to operate independently on the line. She continued service there until 2013. In 2014 she was deployed on the Agios Konstantinos-Agios Georgios Lichados line. She returned on the Arkitsa-Aidipsos line in 2015, while also making some trips on the Agios Konstantinos-Skiathos line in order to transport additional trucks on the Sporades. In 2016, her company made a historic move by deploying the ship on the Piraeus-Northern Aegina line, reaching the ports of Souvala and Agia Marina. The OSIOS DAVID became the first ferry to operate in Souvala since 2010 (the last one being the PHEDRA, previously owned by Nova Ferries) as well as the first landing craft to operate on a line starting from Piraeus since 2007, when the legendary AIAS (which was owned at the time by Hellenic Seaways, being sold the following year to Boufis Shipping Company) was also on that same line. The introduction of the ship on the Saronic Gulf was successful, and she was joined by the small passenger ship ALEXANDROS of My Ways in the summer of 2016 (the ship, which was operating on the same line from 2008 to 2015, was bought by Evoïkos Lines, was renamed AGIA MARINA AEGINIS and resumed service on the same line). Despite her success, she remained on the line for just one season, as she was sold in 2017 to Kerkyra Lines (which had also bought the AMALTHEIA earlier in the year) in order to operate on the Igoumenitsa-Corfu line on the Ionian Sea, being renamed MENEKRATIS. She connected Igoumenitsa with Corfu through the Southern port of Lefkimmi. In 2019, she was chartered to the Saronic Ferries joint venture and made a comeback on the Saronic Gulf port on which she was serving: Souvala. She was deployed on the Piraeus-Northern Aegina-Agistri line. She returned to Kerkyra Lines in 2020 and was reinserted on the Igoumenitsa-Corfu line.

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