Blue Star Ferries
Founded2000
HeadquartersPiraeus, Greece
Area served
Aegean Sea
ServicesPassenger transportation
Freight transportation
ParentAttica Group
Websitewww.bluestarferries.com

Blue Star Ferries is a brand name of Blue Star Maritime S.A. The company operates ferry services from the Greek mainland to the Aegean Islands.

Blue Star Ferries is the biggest ferry company in Greece, serving more than 20 destinations. Their fleet is composed of 12 modern ferries whose course speeds range from 23 to 30 knots.[1]

History

Blue Star Ferries was founded in 1965 as Strintzis Lines by the Strintzis family from Lixouri, Kefalonia. The company was rebranded as Blue Ferries in 2000 following Attica Enterprises' acquisition of a 48% stake in the company.[2] Blue Star Ferries is a sister company of Superfast Ferries, as both are part of the Attica Group and have had partnership in some routes, such as Rosyth to Zeebrugge and presently Piraeus-Heraklion.

In 2000 the company took delivery of two Ro-Ro (roll on/roll off) ferries built at the Dutch shipyard Van der Giessen de Noord.

In 2006 Blue Star Maritime S.A. purchased the Dodecanese ferry company DANE Sea Lines.

Blue Star Ferries ordered two ferry-type ships at Daewoo Shipyards in Korea. The first ferry, named Blue Star Delos, was delivered in the first 10 days of October 2011, and the second, Blue Star Patmos, in July 2012. Blue Star Delos is currently on the route Piraeus–Paros–Naxos–Ios–Thira, and Blue Star Patmos on the route Piraeus–Chios–Mytilini (Lesvos).[3]

Fleet

Blue Star Ferries currently operates a fleet of 12 vessels.[4]

Conventional ferries

Ship Flag Built Entered
service
Gross tonnage Length Width Passengers Vehicles Knots Photo
Blue Star 2 Greece 2000 2000 29.415 GT 176,1 m 25,7 m 1,854 780 28
Blue Star 2.JPG
Blue Horizon Greece 1987 2000 27.320 GT 187,1 m 27 m 1,488 780 23
Blue Horizon Pireaus.jpg
Blue Star Paros Greece 2002 2002 10.438 GT 124 m 19 m 1,474 240 24
GR-cyclades-paros-faehre-einfahrt.jpg
Blue Star Naxos Greece 2002 2002 10.438 GT 124 m 19 m 1,474 240 24
Anchoring-4.JPG
Diagoras Greece 1990 2006 9.834 GT 141,5 m 23 m 1.462 274 21,1
"Diagoras", Blue Star Ferries.jpg
Blue Star Delos Greece 2011 2011 17.550 GT 145 m 24 m 2,400 430 25,5
Bluestardelos.png
Blue Star Patmos Greece 2012 2012 17.550 GT 145 m 24 m 2,000 430 25,5
Blue Star Patmos 3.JPG
Blue Galaxy Greece 1992 2015 29.992 GT 192 m 27 m 1,740 780 24
Blue Galaxy Piraeus.jpg
Blue Star Myconos Greece 2005 2020 14.717 GT 141 m 21 m 1.915 418 25.5
Blue Star Chios Greece 2007 2020 14.717 GT 141 m 21 m 1.715 418 28.0

Ro-Ro cargo ships

Ship Flag Built Entered
service
Gross tonnage Length Width Passengers Vehicles Knots Photo
Blue Carrier 1 Greece 2000 2019 13.073 GT 142,5 m 23,5 m 18 1,680 lane metres 17,5

On charter to Irish ferries

Ship Flag Built Charter
duration
Gross tonnage Length Width Passengers Vehicles Knots Photo
Blue Star 1 Greece 2000 2 years
(2021–22)
29.415 GT 176,1 m 25,7 m 1,890 780 28
Blue Star 1 in Heraklion.JPG

Former fleet as Strinzis Lines

Former fleet as Blue Ferries, Blue Star Ferries

Routes

Piraeus-Crete

Piraeus-Cyclades

Piraeus-Dodecanese

Piraeus-Northeast Aegean Sea

Media

One of Blue Star Ferries' boats took the role of Princess Myrto on the Greek TV show Θα Σε Δω Στο Πλοίο (literally translated: I'll See You on the Ferry) broadcast by Alpha TV, a Greek channel, from 2000 to 2002. The majority of the filming for this series was on the boat itself except for on-location filming of the characters on holiday or on leave. This is still being broadcast in certain Greek-speaking countries, including Cyprus.

References

  1. ^ "Our Fleet". Blue Star Ferries. Retrieved 2022-06-28.
  2. ^ Attica Enterprises Annual Report 2000
  3. ^ "Launch of 'Blue Star Ithaki' on Rafina–Andros–Tinos–Mykonos line" Δρομολόγηση του 'Blue Star Ithaki' στη γραμμή Ραφήνας-Άνδρου-Τήνου-Μυκόνου (in Greek). Archived from the original on 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  4. ^ "Our Fleet". Blue Star Ferries. Retrieved 2022-06-28.