Images of Ro-Pax Vessel MV ‘Fior di Levante’ in the Port of Piraeus

Images of Ro-Pax Vessel MV ‘Fior di Levante’ in the Port of Piraeus
1,150 Passengers, Pass / Car Ferry Vessel, built in 1998 at DSME                                                           
VESSEL IDENTIFICATION: Ex-names are Oceanlady, Fior Di Levante, Hyundai Seolbong, Treasure Island. Call Sign SVAH3, IMO Number 9143491. Built at Daewoo (DSME), Greece Flagged, Korean Classed, Length Overall of 118.65 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 107.60 m., Draught of 4.75 m., Beam of 20.00 m., Gross Tonnage of 9,025, Moulded Depth of 11.05 m., Tonnage of 2,707 International Net and 1,645 Dwt (long).

VESSEL’S OWNERS / MANAGERS DETAILS: Levante Ferries Maritime Co, Greece. Additional info of the ‘Flower of the East’, from the shipowners’ website.

CARGO HANDLING DETAILS: Vehicle Capacity of 50 Cars, 1 Bow Ramp(s). Total number of Passengers 1,150.

MAIN ENGINE: 2 x Diesel – MAN B. & W. Alpha 16V28/32A – 4-stroke 16-cyl. 280mm x320mm bore/stroke 6,140mkW total at 775rpm. Speed of 17.00 kts, Horsepower of 8350, Bunker Capacity of 215 tonnes. 2 x Gearbox. PROPULSION: 2 x Propeller (Aft) (mechanical).

AUXILIARY: 3 x Aux. Diesel Gen – 4-stroke driving 3 x AC generator(s) at 1,680 ekW total, (2,100kVA total) 450V.

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Brightly colored, Ro-Pax vessel (1,150 pax capacity, 300 cars) at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Vessels at Molos Drapetsonas in Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images


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Images of Ferry ‘Blue Galaxy’ docking in the Port of Piraeus

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’s description on Blue Star Ferries’ website, please click here. Additional info on the Vessel, including pictures with different house colors, please see The Ferry Site.

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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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Delivered by Mitsubishi Heavy in 1992, 1,500-pax, 780-car Ro-Pax MV ‘Blue Galaxy’, docking in the Port of Piraeus. Here shown docked next to the sinking vessel MV ‘Panagia Tinou’. Image credit: Karatzas Images


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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS:  Vessel description is provided in good faith and is believed to be correct and accurate but no assurances, warranties or representations are made herewith. Vessel description is provided for entertainment  purposes only. We have no responsibility whatsoever for any errors / omissions in vessel description.

Access to this blog signifies the reader’s irrevocable acceptance of this disclaimer. No part of this blog can be reproduced by any means and under any circumstances, whatsoever, in whole or in part, without proper attribution or the consent of the copyright and trademark holders of this website. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that information herewithin has been received from sources believed to be reliable and such information is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing, no warranties or assurances whatsoever are made in reference to accuracy or completeness of said information, and no liability whatsoever will be accepted for taking or failing to take any action upon any information contained in any part of this website.  Thank you for the consideration.

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Images of High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ entering the Port of Piraeus

Images of Ro-Pax / High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ in Piraeus
Ro-Ro / Passenger 2,200 Passengers, built 2000

VESSEL IDENTIFICATION / DESCRIPTION: Call Sign SYQO, IMO Number 9204063. Built at Fincantieri Sestri, Greece Flagged, RINA Classed, Length Overall of 210.00 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 191.20 m., Draught of 7.30 m., Beam of 26.40 m., Moulded Depth of 15.67 m., Tonnage of 15,806 International Net, 2,711 Light Displacement and 5,406 Dwt (long). Gross Tonnage of 24,000, Wartsila 4-stroke Engine, Speed of 29.50 kts, Heavy Fuel Oil, Horsepower of 91360, Bunker Capacity of 1,000 tonnes.

VESSEL OWNERS / MANAGERS: Minoan Lines Shipping S.A., Greece. Minoan Lines Shipping S.A. is a subsidary of Grimaldi Group.

CARGO HANDLING DETAILS: Vehicle Capacity of 600 Cars, 97 Trailers, Lane Length of 1,550.00 m., 1 Side(s) Door/Ramp(s) with a Length of 14.00 m. and a width of 3.20 m., 1 Stern(p) Ramp(s) with a Length of 15.00 m. and a width of 6.50 m., 1 Stern(s) Ramp(s) with a Length of 15.00 m. and a width of 6.50 m.. Total number of Passengers 2,200, 230 Passenger Cabins, 760 Passenger Berths.

MAIN ENGINE: 4 x Diesel – Wartsila 4-stroke 16V46C – 4-stroke 16-cyl. 460mm x580mm bore/stroke 67,195mkW total at 514rpm.

Vessel description on Owner’s website: http://www.minoan.gr/en/ships/406/hsf-knossos-palace  Images of the Vessel from 2014 had also been posted on our blog at MV ‘Knossos Palace’, June 2014.


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Portside view of the bow of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the bow of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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The house flag of Minoan Lines, shipowner of High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the bow and the bulbous bow of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the bow and the bulbous bow of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the bow and the bulbous bow of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images

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Portside view of the High Speed Ferry MV ‘Knossos Palace’ (2,200 pax, built at Fincantieri in 2000) entering the Port of Piraeus. Image credit: Karatzas Images


© 2013 – present Basil M Karatzas & Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co.  All Rights Reserved.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS:  Vessel description is provided in good faith and is believed to be correct and accurate but no assurances, warranties or representations are made herewith. Vessel description is provided for entertainment  purposes only. We have no responsibility whatsoever for any errors / omissions in vessel description.

Access to this blog signifies the reader’s irrevocable acceptance of this disclaimer. No part of this blog can be reproduced by any means and under any circumstances, whatsoever, in whole or in part, without proper attribution or the consent of the copyright and trademark holders of this website. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that information herewithin has been received from sources believed to be reliable and such information is believed to be accurate at the time of publishing, no warranties or assurances whatsoever are made in reference to accuracy or completeness of said information, and no liability whatsoever will be accepted for taking or failing to take any action upon any information contained in any part of this website.  Thank you for the consideration.