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-Kefalonian Lines

Built in 1973 (age 51). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: None (laid-up in Perama)


The ferry ZAKYNTHOS 1 was built in 1973 in Germany as a Ro-Ro carrier ship for service between Corsica and Italy, for the French company Compagnie Méridionale de Navigation. Her initial name was VILLE DE CORTE, and she operated on the Marseille-Bastia-Ajaccio-Propriano line. She remained in this service until she was bought in 1989 by the Greek company ANEZ, in to replace the latter's previous ship, the ZAKYNTHOS, which had sank near the port of Kyllini. She was converted to a passenger ferry in Perama, was renamed ZAKYNTHOS 1, and entered service in 1990 on the Kyllini-Zakynthos line. After her company became part of the Ionian Ferries joint venture in 1993, the ship also began operating on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line on a few occasions. ANEZ left Ionian Ferries in 2006 due to financial difficulties, and the ship was laid-up in 2007 in the port of Zakynthos. She remained there for five years, before being put back in service, despite being 39 years old at the time. She spent the 2013 summer season the Kyllini-Kefalonia line. Her company returned to the Ionian Ferries joint venture during that same year, but left it again in 2014, and the ship was chartered to Kefalonian Lines for two years. She operated on both the Kyllini-Zakynthos line and on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line in 2014, while in 2015 she only operated on the Kyllini-Kefalonia line. She returned to the Kyllini-Zakynthos line in 2016, following a major upgrade in Drapetsona. Her charter to Kefalonian Lines was subsequently extended to six years. In 2017 she operated on both the Kyllini-Zakynthos line and the Kyllini-Kefalonia line. In 2018 however she was laid-up in Drapetsona for the entire summer, with her service being taken over by the newly-acquired ALEXANDRA L. Kefalonian Lines then ceased operations on the Ionian Sea later that same year, leaving the ship's future uncertain. She was moved to Perama in 2019.

PHOTOS (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021):




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