Introducing Smyrna – Levante Ferries’ Newest Ferry Makeover

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Levante Ferries is among the handful of expansive, upcoming ferry operators actually shaking up the Greek Coastal scene.

One key characteristic of Levante Ferries is their capability to hold out outstanding transformations on acquired tonnage.

The FIOR DI LEVANTE received a Shippax Award in 2015 for “The integrity and creativity of the whole design, each inside and outdoors, together with the corporate branding”. Nevertheless, maybe their newest refurbishment is their most outstanding but, actually bringing a ferry again from the grave.

SMYRNA at Drapetsona March 2021. Picture: Levante Ferries

The latest addition to the fleet is SMYRNA. Appropriately, Smyrna is the Historical Greek title for the town of Izmir in Turkey and it’s that metropolis which Levante Ferries plans to make use of the ship to hyperlink to Thessaloniki in Greece.

Courting from 1977, the vessel is at the moment present process vital rebuilding and refurbishment on the Drapetsona Restore Dock, South West Athens.

Due to Levante Ferries, we share some artist impressions of how she’s going to look when work is full.

Entrance SMYRNA. Image: Levante FerriesEntrance SMYRNA. Picture: Levante Ferries

A Ferry That Coated Most Of The Baltic

The desk under provides a snapshot of the vessel’s historical past.

TitleOperatorRegular Route(s)DatesROSTOCKDeutsche Reichsbahn/ DFO (Deutschen Fährgesellschaft Ostsee)/ ScandlinesSassnitz – Rönne, Rostock – Trelleborg1977 – 1999STAR WINDSeawind Line / TallinkStockholm – Turku1999 – 2005VIRONIANarva Line (Saaremaa Transport)Sillamäe – Kotka2006 – 2007VIRONIABaltic Scandinavian LinesPaldiski – Kapellskär2007KOPERNIKUnity Line Ystad – Swinoujscie2008 – 2019SMYRNALevante FerriesThessaloniki – IzmirTBC

A Sale Then Re-Sale

Reception SMYRNA. Picture: Levante Ferries

The ship accomplished service in early 2019 for Unity Line of Poland because the KOPERNIK, after she was changed within the fleet by the COPERNICUS (ex PUGLIA) of Tirrenia. In April of the identical 12 months, she was offered to Mediterranean Ships Breaking.

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The vessel sailed from Poland on 17 March 2019, arriving in Piraeus on four April. Renamed PERN, it was stated that she could be ready within the Piraeus area for scrapping in Turkey.

Lounge SMYRNA. Image: Levante FerriesLounge SMYRNA. Picture: Levante Ferries

Very quickly after the ship’s arrival in Greece, there have been rumours of the vessel being re-sold for additional service. Hypothesis rapidly grew to become a actuality. The Levante Ferries flag was raised aboard the vessel after a brief ceremony on 27 June 2019, marking the change in possession. The ship was renamed SMYRNA on 11 July 2019.

VIP Cabin SMYRNA. Image: Levante FerriesVIP Cabin SMYRNA. Picture: Levante Ferries

It was revealed that Levante deliberate to refurbish the ship for a brand new Thessaloniki – Izmir route. With a earlier capability for less than 360 passengers and a dated inside, a serious re-build was embarked upon to extend capability and create a formidable buyer expertise.

Four berth cabin SMYRNA. Image: Levante Ferries4 berth cabin SMYRNA. Picture: Levante Ferries

The ship’s lodging was fully gutted over the next months of 2019 with some exterior modifications seen too.

Exterior Deck Bar and Seating SMYRNA. Image: Levante FerriesExterior Deck Bar and Seating SMYRNA. Picture: Levante Ferries

With International passenger journey very disrupted by the Covid-pandemic there was no strain to finish the refit in a rush. Nevertheless, these artist impressions recommend that the vessel will provide probably the most outstanding ferry transformations ever.

Double Crew Cabin SMYRNA. Image: Levante FerriesDouble Crew Cabin SMYRNA. Picture: Levante Ferries

NIFS seems ahead to bringing you a full profile of this younger and dynamic ferry firm within the close to future.

SMYRNA at Drapetsona March 2021. Image: Levante FerriesSMYRNA at Drapetsona March 2021. Picture: Levante Ferries

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