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Superfast Ferries S.A.
Type Wholly owned subsidiary
Headquarters Athens, Greece
Key people Andreas Vgenopoulos
Industry Transport
Products Passenger transportation, Freight transportation, Holidays, Business travel
Website Superfast Ferries

Superfast Ferries is a Greece-based ferry company founded in 1993 by Pericles Panagopulos and Alexander Panagopulos. Superfast Ferries is a member of Attica Group and operates 5 ultra-modern car-passenger ferries, offering daily connections between Ancona and Bari (Italy) and Patras and Igoumenitsa (Greece).Together with Blue Star Ferries, it is a subsidiary company of Attica Group, which is listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.

As of March 2009 Superfast Ferries has introduced a new line between Piraeus and Heraklion, Crete with a daily operation all year round.

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Routes

Superfast XI bound to Ancona passing Kefalonia island.

In the past Superfast Ferries has operated lines in several parts of Europe, on the Adriatic Sea, North Sea, and the Baltic sea. Currently, they are mainly active in the Adriatic sea. As of March 2009, operated routes are:

Adriatic Sea

Aegean Sea

Superfast operated the Rosyth - Zeebrugge ferry service between 2002 and 2008. On 29 May 2008 it was announced that Superfast Ferries would withdraw across the North Sea. The service was subsequently withdrawn on 13 September 2008. The North Sea service was mainland Scotland's only year round, direct, scheduled ferry service to and from Continental Europe. The vessel used was MS Blue Star 1, which replaced the larger MS Superfast X on the route. Blue Star I has been reallocated to Attica's Mediterranean services.Norfolkline restarted the route in May 2009. [1]

Vessel allocations

Blue Star 1 of the joint Superfast Ferries/Blue Star Ferries service from Rosyth to Zeebrugge in the Firth of Forth.

In late 2005, Superfast ferries removed one of the two ships operating the link between Zeebrugge and Rosyth, thus turning the daily link from Belgium to Scotland into one operated only every other day. Superfast IX joined the two ship operation between Hanko and Rostock to serve the growing demand in the Finland - Germany service. In April 2006, Superfast and Attica once more took the market by surprise by agreeing to sell the Superfast VII, Superfast VIII and Superfast IX ice-class ferries to Estonian operator Tallink for 310 million.

In addition, Superfast introduced a new "roll-on roll-off" (RoRo) service between Uusikaupunki and Rostock in January 2005. Attica has since moved one of the RO/RO ships RORO MARIN to there Adriatic Sea routes.

In August 2006 Attica entered into an agreement to sell to Veolia Transport its ice-class vessel Superfast X trading between Scotland and Belgium for 112mln. The delivery of Superfast X took place in January 2007.

In September 2007, Pericles Panagopulos, the former key shareholder of Attica, decided to sell his participation for 5.50 per share to Marfin Investment Group. The move was seen as a "family transition" decision and was interpreted to be an exit for the 72 year-old investor. Alexander Panagopulos, CEO of Attica, resigned prior to this sale and founded his shipping company by the name Arista Shipping S.A..

Fleet

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Current fleet

Ship Built Entered service
for Superfast
Traffic area Gross tonnage Notes
MS Superfast I 2008 2008 Adriatic Sea 24,950 GT
MS Superfast II 2009 2009 Adriatic Sea 24,950 GT
MS Superfast VI 2001 2001 Adriatic Sea 32,728 GT
MS Superfast XI 2002 2002 Adriatic Sea 30,902 GT
MS Superfast XII 2002 2002 Aegean Sea 30,902 GT
MS Blue Horizon 1987 Unknown Unknown 27,320 GT Transferred from the fleet of sister company Blue Star Ferries.

Former ships

Ship Years in service Gross tonnage Current status
MS Superfast I 1995—2004 23,663 GT Since 2008 MS Skania for Unity Line
MS Superfast II 1995—2003 23,663 GT Since 2006 MS Mega Express Four for Corsica Ferries
MS Superfast III 1998—2002 29,067 GT Since 2002 MS Spirit of Tasmania II for TT-Line (Australia)
MS Superfast IV 1998—2002 29,067 GT Since 2002 MS Spirit of Tasmania I for TT-Line (Australia)
MS Superfast V 2001—2009 32,728 GT Sold to Brittany Ferries for €81.50 million.
MS Superfast VII 2001—2006 30,285 GT Since 2006 sailing for Tallink
MS Superfast VIII 2001—2006 30,285 GT Since 2006 sailing for Tallink
MS Superfast IX 2002—2006 30,285 GT Since 2008 sailing as MS Atlantic Vision for Marine Atlantic
MS Superfast X 2002—2007 29,800 GT Since 2008 MS SeaFrance Molière for SeaFrance

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