TALOS (ΤΑΛΩΣ)

-Creta Cargo Lines

Built in 1971 (age 50). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Ios-Santorini-Ikaria-Samos-Chios-Mytilene-Limnos

The Ro-Ro carrier TALOS was built in Norway in 1971. She was delivered as the STARMARK to Starmark Reederei, the German subsidiary of Finnish company Avomeri Line, but was then chartered during the 1971 season to Swedish company Svenska Lloyd, being deployed on the Tilbury-Gothenburg line on the North Sea. In 1972 she was chartered to Swedish company Tor Line, and was deployed on the Rotterdam-Gothenburg line. She returned under the full-time management of Avomeri Line in 1974, and was deployed on the Stockholm-Hanko-Helsinki line on the Baltic Sea. That same year she ran aground in Helsinki, but was quickly repaired and resumed service. In 1981, after her company went bankrupt, she was sold to Greek company Manta Line. She was renamed RORO TRADER, and began cargo operations in various destinations on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea while being based in Piraeus. In 1985 her company ceased operations, and she was sold to Dutch company Holland-Sweden Line. She was renamed NIEKERK and she made her return to the Rotterdam-Gothenburg line. Her spell did not last long as her owners encountered financial and legal problems, and as a result she was chartered in 1986 to British company Belfast Freight Ferries. She was deployed on the Heysham-Belfast line on the Irish Sea. She was bought by Belfast Freight Ferries the following year, and was renamed SPHEROID. She was lengthened in 1990, and continued to serve the Heysham-Belfast line until 2000, when she was laid-up in Birkenhead and listed for sale. She was bought in 2001 by the Greek company Mykonos ANE, and she was renamed MYCONOS. After a small conversion in Drapetsona, she was deployed on the Piraeus-Andros-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Limnos line. Her name was changed to MYKONOS in 2005. In 2008 she began operating on the Piraeus-Andros-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Skyros-Chios-Mytilene-Limnos line. In 2010 she was chartered to NEL Lines and she began operating under the NEL Lines Cargo division on the Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Ikaria-Samos line, while in 2011 her service was extended to the Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Ikaria-Samos-Chios-Mytilene line. Her charter to NEL Lines ended in 2013, and she was laid-up in Drapetsona for one year. In 2014 she was bought by newly-established company Creta Cargo Lines. She was refitted in Perama and was renamed TALOS. She began service on the Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Ikaria-Samos-Chios-Mytilene-Limnos line and on the Piraeus-Santorini-Kythira-Chania-Rethymnon-Kos-Rhodes line. She grounded off in Chios in late 2016, but was repaired in Chalkida and returned to service. In 2017 she was deployed on the Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Ikaria-Samos-Chios-Mytilene line, on the Piraeus-Paros-Naxos-Kos-Rhodes line and on the Piraeus-Santorini-Chania line. In 2020 she was inserted on the Piraeus-Andros-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Ikaria-Samos-Kos-Rhodes line and on the Piraeus-Santorini-Chania line. In 2021 she was deployed on the Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Ios-Santorini-Ikaria-Samos-Chios-Mytilene-Limnos line.

PHOTOS (2020):

TALOS
TALOS

The TALOS seen heading towards Piraeus during the morning (9/2020).

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TALOS
TALOS

The TALOS seen heading towards Piraeus during the morning (9/2020).

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