SUPERFERRY II (ΣΟΥΠΕΡΦΕΡΡΥ ΙΙ)

-Golden Star Ferries

Built in 1974 (age 47). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Paros

The legendary SUPERFERRY II, considered to be the greatest day ferry in Greek coastal service history, a ferry that underwent one of the most successful conversions ever in Greece, and which has spent 28 years connecting Rafina with the Cyclades, was built in 1974 in Belgium. She is the last of the many ships built in this country that later went on to spend iconic careers in Greece. She was initially known as the PRINCE LAURENT of Belgian company Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT), which was part of the Sealink group. She entered service on the Ostend-Dover line. She collided with a quayside of Dover in 1978, but was quickly repaired afterwards. She was transferred to Townsend Thoresen in 1985. She was then transferred to P&O European Ferries in 1987, and continued to serve the Ostend-Dover line. Her company then traded as Oostende Lines in 1991. She was sold in 1992 to Greek company Strintzis Lines and was renamed IONIAN EXPRESS. She underwent a major conversion in Perama, where she saw an expansion of her garage, a full renovation of her interior areas, (including the removal of several cabins), a new bow, an improved stern and the addition of balconies above her bow. She was ultimately renamed SUPERFERRY II and began service in 1993 on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Syros-Astypalaia-Kalymnos-Kos-Nisyros-Tilos-Rhodes line on the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, before remaining solely on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Syros line in 1994, where she went on to be a massive success. She remained with Strintzis Lines until the latter was taken over in 2000 by Attica Group, with the new company being named Blue Star Ferries. She remained in service on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos line for the next ten years, initially under the Blue Ferries division from 2000 to 2004 and then under Blue Star Ferries from 2004 to 2010. She also occasionally operated on the Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos line when her fleetmates would undergo their annual refits. In 2010 she collided with the main pier of the port of Tinos, ending her Blue Star Ferries career. She was subsequently bought by newly-established Andros-based company Golden Star Ferries. After a small conversion that included the addition of a new bulbous bow in Piraeus, she began service in 2011 on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos line, where she was once again extremely successful. She returned to Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos line in 2013. With the arrival of her new fleetmate, the SUPERFERRY, in 2016, she was deployed on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Paros line. She returned to the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos line in 2017, after having undergone a major renovation in Perama. The following year, she and the SUPERFERRY were deployed on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Ios-Santorini-Heraklion line, thus marking the first-ever connection of Rafina with Crete. In 2019, she and the SUPERFERRY were deployed on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Santorini-Heraklion line. In 2020 she was deployed on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros line. In 2021 she returned to the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Paros line.

PHOTOS (2018, 2019, 2020):

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The SUPERFERRY II heading from Ios to Paros (6/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II heading from Ios to Paros (6/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II heading from Ios to Paros (6/2018).

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The iconic SUPERFERRY II seen heading from Ios to Paros (6/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II heading towards Mykonos (6/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II approaching the port of Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II approaching the port of Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II approaching the port of Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II heading towards the port of Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II heading towards the port of Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II heading towards the port of Paros (7/2018).

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The legendary SUPERFERRY II having arrived in Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II preparing to maneuver in Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II preparing to maneuver in Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II preparing to maneuver in Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II beginning to maneuver in Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II beginning to maneuver in Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II maneuvering in Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II maneuvering in Paros (7/2018).

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The SUPERFERRY II docking in Paros (7/2018).

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The legendary SUPERFERRY II seen from the picturesque Oia village, heading towards the port of Santorini (7/2019).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen heading towards the port of Santorini (7/2019).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen in Rafina during the morning (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen in Rafina during the morning (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen in Rafina during the morning (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II preparing to depart the port of Rafina (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen departing Rafina (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen departing Rafina (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II having left Andros and heading towards Tinos (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen heading towards the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen heading towards the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen heading towards the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II on her way towards the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen heading from Andros to Tinos (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen heading from Andros to Tinos (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen arriving in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen arriving in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen arriving in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II about to enter the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II about to enter the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II about to enter the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II entering the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II entering the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II entering the port of Gavrion in Andros (8/2020).

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The legendary SUPERFERRY II seen in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II beginning her maneuvering procedure in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II beginning her maneuvering procedure in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II beginning her maneuvering procedure in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen docking in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen docking in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II having just docked in Andros (8/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen in Piraeus, as she was temporarily replacing the PREVELIS of ANEK Lines on the Kasos-Karpathos lifeline while the latter was undergoing her annual refit (9/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen in Piraeus, as she was temporarily replacing the PREVELIS of ANEK Lines on the Kasos-Karpathos lifeline while the latter was undergoing her annual refit (9/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen in Piraeus, as she was temporarily replacing the PREVELIS of ANEK Lines on the Kasos-Karpathos lifeline while the latter was undergoing her annual refit (9/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II seen in one of her occasional appearances in the port of Piraeus (9/2020).

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The SUPERFERRY II resting in Piraeus (9/2020).