The strong investment plan of HELLENIC SEAWAYS being implemented in 2016 and its outlook for growth are on track. As part of the implementation of the plan, HELLENIC HIGHSPEED, a highspeed vessel was relaunched at the Port of Rafina.
HELLENIC HIGHSPEED is the first of three vessels to be completeley rebuilt and relaunched in 2016. It has been completely refurbished, including its engines, bridge and accommodation, and marks the return of HELLENIC SEAWAYS to the Rafina - Cyclades route with a highspeed passenger and car vessel after three years.
Hellenic Highspeed is an exceptionally luxurious highspeed vessel, travelling at a speed of up to 35 knots, offering a uniquely comfortable travel experience. It will serve the Rafina - Tinos - Mykonos - Parios - Ios - Santorini route throughout the summer. Utmost importance has been placed on comfort, safety and protection of the envirnoment, as for the entire Hellenic Seaways fleet,
Hellenic Seaways has turned its performance as a company around, and is putting its growth plan into practice by investing in its fleet. This ship alone cost approx. 2 million euros to refurbish, a cost borne by the comapny's own funds.
The refurbishment took place in the Naval Repair Zone of Perama, and offered jobs to approximately 70 people throughtout the 4 months of the project.
Mr. A. Agapitos, C.E.O. of Hellenic Seaways, said: "We're proud of the new ship which joins our routes, the first of three this year. This extensive investment programme underlines our commitment to growth and sets an example for other greek companies to follow. With the valuable support of all our shareholders, we are putting our plans into actions. At Hellenic Seaways, we aim to create the circumstances which benefit tourism, island communities, the coastal maritime sector and therefore the national economy overall. We have succesfully managed to restructure our depbt and are now able to invest in completely refurbishing our newly acquired ships. For a Greek company to reinvest its funds in the local economy is somewhat rare these days, but we are committed to sustaining the local naval repair zone and the local communities."
HELLENIC HIGHSPEED Technical Characteristics:
- Type of vessel: Monohull / Επιβατηγό - Οχηματαγωγό
- Year of build: 1997
- Country of build: Italy
- Length: 100m
- Width: 17m
- Speed: 35 knots
- Engines: 4 RUSTON 20RK270 (6875 kW MCR 1000) diesel engines
- Passenger capacity: 724 (airplane type seats, including 50 VIP seats)
- Vehicle capacity: 165
- Crew: 60
(from left): Mr. Antonis Agapitos, C.E.O. Hellenic Seaways, Mr. John Kyriakopoulos, V.P. Hellenic Seaways and Director, Piraeus Bank, Mr. G. Strintzis, Chairman, Hellenic Seaways and Mr. S. Papandreopoulos, Legal Counsel, Hellenic Seaways.