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ANEK Lines
FounderArchbishop Irineos Galanakis
HeadquartersChania, Crete, Greece
Area served
Adriatic Sea
Aegean islands
Key people
Georgios Katsanevakis (President)
Yannis S. Vardinoyannis (CEO)
ProductsCommercial, Passenger Transport and Cargo
Revenue124.45 million (2020[1])
14.77 million (2020[1])
(14.11) million (2020[1])
Total assets318.98 million (2020[1])
Total equity67.44 million (2020[1])
Number of employees
1,630 (2015)
Footnotes / references
source for financial figure :[2]

ANEK Lines (Ανώνυμη Ναυτιλιακή Εταιρεία Κρήτης, Anonymi Naftiliaki Eteria Kritis, Anonymous Shipping Company of Crete) is one of the largest passenger shipping companies in Greece.[citation needed] It was founded in 1967 by numerous shareholders who were inhabitants of Crete.[citation needed] It operates passenger ferries, mainly on Piraeus-Crete and Adriatic Sea lines.

Today the company is listed on the Athens Stock Exchange (AthexANEK) and 37.5% owned by Cyprus-based Sea Star Capital PLC (Yannis S. Vardinoyannis).[3][failed verification]

Also Amalia Vardinoyannis holds a 26.9% stake through her holding company Varmin.[citation needed]


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F/B Elyros
F/B Elyros
H/S/F Hellenic Spirit
H/S/F Hellenic Spirit

In Crete protests broke out after the Typaldos Lines car ferry SS Heraklion capsized due to a series of safety regulations violations. The ship sank on her way from Chania to Piraeus on 8 December 1966, resulting in the death of more than 200 people.[citation needed]

In the aftermath a few hundreds of Cretans (traders, free-lancers, pensioners, farmers) following a proposal by the Association of Economists of the Chania Prefecture and the support of the Metropolitan of Kissamos and Selinos, Irineos Galanakis, implement their idea to found a multi-shareholder shipping company.[4][failed verification]

Therefore, on

F/B Lefka Ori
F/B Lefka Ori
F/B Kriti II
F/B Kriti II

Exploitation, the Directorate of Technical Services and the Piraeus main agency[4]


Fleet of ANEK Lines are motor Ro-Ro/passenger ferries.

Currently operating

Ship name Flag Built IMO Callsign Gross tonnage Length Width Passengers Vehicles Knots Image
El. Venizelos Greece 1984 7907673[11] SWWZ 38,261 GT 205.5 m 32.5 m 3,500 850 21
Ferry El Venizelos.JPG
Old Kydon II, large rebuilt ferry, with hull build in Stocznia im, Komuny Paryskiej, Gdynia Poland, completed in 1992 at Perama, Piraeus, Greece for Piraeus - Crete routes similar to Stena Line's Stena Vision and Stena Spirit as well as the unfinished Regent Sky, named after Chanian Politician and former Prime Minister of Greece, Eleftherios Venizelos.[12]
Elyros Greece 1998 9178599[13] SVOM 33,635 GT 192 m 27 m 1,874 620 24
rebuilt ferry build by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shimonoseki, Japan for Piraeus - Chania route, named after Elyrus.[14]
Hellenic Spirit Greece 2001 9216030[15] SYOA 32,694 GT 204 m 25.8 m 1,850 670 30
Hellenic Spirit (ANEK-Lines) 2011.jpg
Old Kriti IV and Olympic Spirit, ferry build at Bruce Shipyard, Landskrona and equipped at Fosen Mekaniske Verksted, Rissa, Norway for Patras - Igoumenitsa - Ancona line[16]
Kriti I Greece 1979 7814046 SZRD 27,239 GT 192 m 27 m 1,494 650 22
rebuilt ferry build by Koyo Dockyard Co. Ltd., Mihara, Japan named after Crete now laid up in Perama is under repair,[17]
Kriti II Greece 1979 7814058 SZQW 27,239 GT 192 m 29.4 m 1,500 719 23
MS Kriti II R01.jpg
Similar to Kriti I, now used on Piraeus - Heraklion line[18]
Olympic Champion Greece 2000 9216028[19] SYWD 32,694 GT 204 m 25,8 m 1,850 670 30
Peiraias Olympic Champion.jpg
Old Kriti III, similar to Hellenic Spirit but older, now used on Patra-Igoumenitsa-Ancona line,[20]
Prevelis Greece 1980 8020927 SYDL 15,354 GT 142.5 m 23,5 m 991 310 19
rebuilt ferry build by Imbari Zosen, Imbari, Japan named after Monastery of Preveli for Piraeus - Rethymnon, now used on Piraeus–Milos–Santorini–Anafi–Heraklio–Sitia–Kasos–Karpathos–Rhodes

Former Fleet


On 7 June 2011 ANEK Lines and Superfast Ferries created a joint venture for the Piraeus-Heraklion and the Patra-Igoumenitsa-Ancona routes with two RO-PAX ships on the first route (the ANEK-owned Olympic Champion and the Superfast-owned Superfast XII) and three in the second route (the ANEK-owned Hellenic Spirit and the Superfast-owned Superfast VI and Superfast XI).[21]



Companies that are affiliates of ANEK Lines (larger than 10%) are outlined below.[failed verification] ANEK Group:

Former affiliates and investments:

RETHYMNIAKI (took over and finally merged into ANEK Lines in 1999)[4] ANEN 19.36%

Accidents and incidents


  1. ^ a b c d e[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ [1] Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "ANEK Lines - Official Web Site". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "ANEK Lines - Chania, Crete Island". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  6. ^ a b FORTHnet eBusiness Services (28 August 1995). "NEL LINES | Ναυτιλιακή Εταιρεία Λέσβου". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b ANEK Lines SA, 2005 annual report
  8. ^ ANEK Lines SA, 2010 Press Release Financial Results 2010, page 2
  9. ^ Paul Hancock (1 December 2014). "Ierapetra L". Shipwreck Log. Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  10. ^ Goldhammer, Zach (13 September 2014). "On the Greek Ferry Housing Libya's Government". The Atlantic. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  11. ^ "El.venizelos - Type of ship: Passenger ship - Callsign: SWWZ". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  12. ^ "M/S EL. VENIZELOS (1992)". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Elyros - Type of ship: Passenger ship - Callsign: SVOM". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  14. ^ "M/S SUN FLOWER TSUKUBA (1998)". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Fb Hellenic Spirit - Type of ship: Passenger ship - Callsign: SYOA". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  16. ^ "M/S HELLENIC SPIRIT (2001)". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  17. ^ "M/S NEW SUZURAN (1979)". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  18. ^ "M/S NEW YUKARI (1979)". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Olympic Champion - Type of ship: Passenger ship - Callsign: SYWD". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  20. ^ "M/S OLYMPIC CHAMPION (2000)". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  21. ^ "ANEK Lines Online Booking". Retrieved 31 December 2015.
  22. ^ a b ANEK Lines, 2005 Annual Report, page 19
  23. ^ [2] Archived January 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ "Μεγάλη κλίση στο "Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος" ενώ οι φλόγες καίνε ακόμα στο γκαράζ (pics & vid)" (in Greek). Retrieved 2 September 2018.