Ferry / Passenger Vessel MV ‘Blue Galaxy’ (Ex-name: Lefka Ori) 1,500 Passengers Pass./Car Ferry Built 1992
VESSEL IDENTIFICATION: Ex-names are Lefka Ori, Kriti V, Hercules. Call Sign SWDA, IMO Number 9035876.
VESSEL OWNERS / MANAGERS / OPERATORS: Blue Star Ferries SA, Greece. Blue Star Ferries SA is a subsidiary of Attica Group. Reported sold to Anek Lines in December 1999 for US$ 50m.
VESSEL DETAILS: Built at MHI Shimonoseki, Greece Flagged, RINA Classed, Length Overall of 192.00 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 181.00 m., Draught of 6.75 m., Beam of 27.00 m., Moulded Depth of 9.90 m., Tonnage of 8,826 International Net and 6,802 Dwt (long)., Gross Tonnage of 29,430. Vehicle Capacity of 703 Cars, Lane Length of 1,760.00 m., 2 Stern Ramp(s), 1 Quarter Ramp(s), 1 Bow Ramp(s). Total number of Passengers 1,500, 183 Passenger Cabins, 658 Passenger Berths.
MAIN ENGINE: Pielstick Engine, Speed of 24.00 kts, Heavy Fuel Oil, Horsepower of 30260. 2 x Diesel – Pielstick 12PC4.2 – 4-stroke 12-cyl. 570mm x620mm bore/stroke 22,258mkW total at 400rpm.
PROPULSOR: 2 x CP Propeller (Aft) (mechanical). THRUSTERS: 2 x Pos, Tunnel Thruster (Fwd.) (electric) AC. 2 Bow Thruster(s).
According to Arxipelagos.com, MV ‘Blue Galaxy’ was built in 1991 and delivered to her owners in 1992 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI) in Japan under the launch name MV ‘Hercules’. In late 1999, the Vessel was acquired by Anek Lines in Greece for US$50 mil and renamed MV ‘Kriti V’. In 2000, the Vessel was positioned in the Adriatic Sea to trade between ports in western Greece and Italy under the new name MV “Lefka Ori’ (‘White Mountaintops’).
In 2012, the Vessel, under the bareboat charter name MV ‘Antonio L’, along sistership vessel MV ’Sophocles B’, were chartered to Jeju Cruise Lines; while still under conversion in Ulsan in South Korea, charterers defaulted and vessels were arrested and auctioned, and purchased by Hellas 2 Leasing N.E., and were re-positioned to Greece under the original name, MV ‘Lefka Ori’.
In 2015, Blue Star Ferries NAE, a subsidiary of the Attica Group, entered into a long term charter party agreement with the owners of the Vessel, and after extensive upgrading, she is now deployed serving the routes to and from Crete, under a route sharing agreement with ANEK S.A., under her current name MV ‘Blue Galaxy’.
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