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NameKriti I
NamesakeIsland of Crete
  • 1979–1996: Shin-Nipponkai Ferry
  • 1996–present: ANEK Lines
Port of registry1996–present: Chania,  Greece
BuilderKoyo Dockyard, Japan
Yard number828
Laid down23 November 1978
Launched22 February 1979
Completed19 May 1979
In service1979–present
StatusIn service
General characteristics
TypeRo-pax ferry
Length1,918 m (6,293 ft)
Beam29 m (95 ft)
Draft6.4 m (21 ft 0 in)
Installed power
  • 2 Mitsubishi-MAN
  • combined 16V52/55KW
  • 2 propellers
  • 3 bow thrusters
  • 1 stern thruster
SpeedService 23 knots (42.60 km/h; 26.47 mph)[1]
  • 1500 passengers
  • 468 berths
  • 650 cars
  • 1700 Lane meters[1]

MS Kriti I is a RO/PAX ship owned and operated by ANEK Lines. Along with El.Venizelos and her sister ship Kriti II she is the oldest ship in the fleet of ANEK Lines. The ship was built in 1979 at Koyo Dockyard, Japan and her original name was New Suzuran.

Service history

New Suzuran with her sister ship New Yukari bought from ANEK Lines in 1996. The constructions became in Perama, Greece in 1996. After the construction the new Kriti I with her sister ship Kriti II entered in PatrasIgoumenitsaCorfuTrieste route for many years. After the arrivals of the newest ships of ANEK Lines, the Japanese ferries Lefka Ori, Sophocles Venizelos, Kriti I' with her sister ship Kriti II entered in PiraeusHeraklion route. Kriti I also made many replacements such as PatrasIgoumenitsaCorfuVenice route of oher ships of her company. The ship in 2013 chartered to an Italian company and did the LivornoOlbia route but it was unsuccessful due to mechanical damage. The ship, after the charting, entered again to the PiraeusHeraklion route but again chartered to a Russian company. The ship went in Novorossysk but never entered in service and returned in Piraeus. The ship laid-up many times and eventually, in the summer of 2016 Blue Star Ferries chartered it for PiraeusDodecanese route for Summer only. Eventually in 2017 Kriti I again chartered from Grandi Navi Veloci. In Italy the ship did the CivitavecchiaTermini Imerese route with Spledid. The ship was chartered for three years and in December 2019 Kriti I arrived in Piraeus and has been laid-up since then in Perama. The ship after a refit she enters again at Piraeus-Heraklion route.


  1. ^ a b "Kriti I". The Ferry Site. Retrieved 26 June 2020.