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Superfast Ferries is a Greecemarker-based ferry company founded in 1993 by Pericles Panagopulos and Alexander Panagopulos. Superfast Ferries is a member of Attica Group and operates 5 ultra-modern car-passenger ferries, offering daily connections between Ancona and Bari (Italy) and Patras and Igoumenitsa (Greece).Together with Blue Star Ferries, it is a subsidiary company of Attica Group, which is listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.

As of March 2009 Superfast Ferries has introduced a new line between Piraeus and Heraklion, Crete with a daily operation all year round. Now travelers can continue their Adriatic journey to Crete while enjoying the same level of comfort and service onboard Superfast

Routes

In the past Superfast Ferries has operated lines in several parts of Europe, on the Adriatic Seamarker, North Seamarker, and the Baltic seamarker. Currently, they are mainly active in the Adriatic sea.As of March 2009, operated routes are:

Adriatic Sea



Aegean Sea



On 29 May 2008 it was announced that Superfast Ferries would withdraw the Rosyth - Zeebrugge ferry service across the North Sea. The service was subsequently withdrawn on 13 September 2008.

The North Sea service was mainland Scotland's only year round, direct, scheduled ferry service to and from Continental Europe. The vessel used was , which replaced the larger on the route. Blue Star I has been reallocated to Attica's Mediterranean services.

Norfolkline intends to restart the route in Spring 2009. [201994]

Vessel allocations

In late 2005, Superfast ferries removed one of the two ships operating the link between Zeebruggemarker and Rosythmarker, thus turning the daily link from Belgiummarker to Scotlandmarker into one operated only every other day. Superfast IX joined the two ship operation between Hankomarker and Rostockmarker to serve the growing demand in the Finlandmarker - Germanymarker service. In April 2006, Superfast and Attica once more took the market by surprise by agreeing to sell the Superfast VII, Superfast VIII and Superfast IX ice-class ferries to Estonianmarker operator Tallinkmarker for 310 million.

In addition, Superfast introduced a new "roll-on roll-off" (RoRo) service between Uusikaupunkimarker and Rostockmarker in January 2005. Attica has since moved one of the RO/RO ships RORO MARIN to there Adriatic Seamarker routes.

In August 2006 Attica entered into an agreement to sell to Veolia Transport its ice-class vessel Superfast X trading between Scotlandmarker and Belgiummarker for 112mln. The delivery of Superfast X took place in January 2007.

In September 2007, Pericles Panagopulos, the former key shareholder of Attica, decided to sell his participation for 5.50 per share to Marfin Investment Group. The move was seen as a "family transition" decision and was interpreted to be an exit for the 72 year-old investor. Alexander Panagopulos, CEO of Attica, resigned prior to this sale and founded his shipping company by the name Arista Shipping S.A..

Fleet

Current fleet

Ship Built Entered service
for Superfast
Traffic area Gross tonnage Notes
MS Superfast I 2008 2008 Adriatic Seamarker
MS Superfast II 2009 2009 Adriatic Sea
2001 2001 Adriatic Seamarker
2001 2001 Adriatic Sea
2002 2002 Adriatic Sea
2002 2002 Aegean Seamarker
1987 Unknown Unknown Transferred from the fleet of sister company Blue Star Ferries.


Former ships

Ship Years in service Gross tonnage Current status
MS Superfast I 1995—2004 Since 2008 MS Skania for Unity Line
MS Superfast II 1995—2003 Since 2006 MS Mega Express Four for Corsica Ferries
1998—2002 Since 2002 MS Spirit of Tasmania II for TT-Line
1998—2002 Since 2002 MS Spirit of Tasmania I for TT-Line (Australia)
2001—2006 Since 2006 sailing for Tallinkmarker
2001—2006 Since 2006 sailing for Tallink
2002—2006 Since 2008 sailing as MS Atlantic Vision for Marine Atlantic
2002—2007 Since 2008 MS SeaFrance Molière for SeaFrance


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