Anthi Marina IMO 7820473 GA Ferries docked Piraeus Port of Athens Greece
MV Anthi Marina ΑΝΘΗ ΜΑΡΙΝΑ
"Spirit of Free Enterprise" was launched in 1979 and left Bremerhaven yards on January 1980 to link the English port of Dover to Calais in France and Zeebrugge in Belgium under Townsend Thoresen's colours; she was the first of three sisters: the most famous one was the "Herald of Free Enterprise", well known first because of the record Channel crossing of July 1980, when she linked Dover and Calais in 52 minutes and 53 seconds, then because of her tragedy, happened on March 6th, 1987, when soon after the departure from Zeebrugge she capsized causing the death of 193 passengers. Probably also because of that tragedy the English "TT" ceased their services and the ferries were sold to P&O, maintaining the same services;
the "Spirit" was renamed "Pride of Kent". At the end of 1991 P&O decided to rebuilt the ferry at Fincantieri yard of Palermo, Italy; she returned from Italy lengthened by 32 metres and with increased figures of GRT, DWT, passenger and cargo capacity, but her unique ugliness remained the same! She maintained the same link between Dover and Calais for 11 years between June 1992 and June 2003, but she changed her name two times: the first one at the end of 1998, under the alliance between P&O and Stena Line, when she was renamed "P&O SL Kent" and then, at the end of the alliance, from November 2002 to June 2003 she beared the name "PO Kent".
When she was bought by G.A. Ferries, the owner Gerasimos Agoudimos was searching a ferry able to front the swift "Blue Star 1" of Attica Enterprises: the solution was this ferry, capable of a maximum speed of 23,75 knots; in fact the "Anthi Marina" sails to Rhodes the same days of "Blue Star 1" departing two hours earlier. I don't know the origin of "Anthi Marina" name, probably it's a spell of "Rodanthi" and "Marina"; in my opinion, as the Greek word "anthi" (anqh) means "in front of" or also "opposite", as I saw in some G.A. Ferries advertisings, this ship is really the opposite of "Marina", both for the ugly exterior appearance and the interiors, typical of a '60/'70's ferry which wasn't converted as a "cruise-ferry".
After a spell serving only Rhodes, she started again serving also Patmos, Leros, Kos, Syros and Mykonos; it seems that for economic reasons the ferry maintains a cruise-speed of 18 knots. What a delusion…
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