MINOAN LINES is a dominant company in the cargo ferry sector in Greece, that has been
growing fast for the last 30 years. Today it is a leading Greek company featuring an ultra-
modern fleet of 8 ships, linking ports and people with safety and comfort.
Guided by its customer-oriented philosophy, continuous upgrading of quality and range
of services, MINOAN LINES managed to capture the highest rankings in customer
satisfaction since the very first steps of its foundation.
Currently, the company is in the process of realizing its most ambitious investment
program with the building of new and technologically advanced highspeed ferries,
enabling the upgrading of its services. This sets MINOAN LINES on a consistent pursue
of its future prospects and strategic goals.
|MINOAN LINES' investment program is proceeding
as planned with the delivery of H/S/F EUROPA
PALACE on Friday, May 10, 2002 from the Italian
shipyards of FINCANTIERI. H/S/F EUROPA PALACE
is another addition of an ultra modern highspeed
ferry to the company's fleet, strengthening the
company's position in the Adriatic market and
contributing to the further upgrading of the Greek
shipping sector. The H/S/F EUROPA PALACE, the
sister vessel of the H/S/F OLYMPIA PALACE, is the
fourth and last ultra modern passenger ferry for
MINOAN LINES from the Italian shipyards of
FINCANTIERI. The vessel has being deployed on
the Patras - Igoumenitsa - Ancona sea route on
May 14th, 2002.
|The H/S/F OLYMPIA PALACE is deployed from
December 21st 2001 on the Patras - Ancona sea
route. Her technical characteristics are: length
214 meters, width 26,4 meters, 4 WARTSILA
12V46C engines: 16,800 KW (each) and her
carrying capacity is 1880 passengers, 600 vehicles
or 150 trucks and 100 vehicles. Her service speed
is 30 knots. The vessel is equipped with a shopping
center, restaurants, discotheque with panoramic
view, cinema, children playground, lounges,
videogames, gym, nursing area with a teleheart
device and 106 business class seats with private
TV sets and radio.
|An ambitious investment plan of Minoan Lines
"shocks" the status quo in the Mediterranean
coastal shipping sector in 1996. By ordering
H/S/Fs Ikarus and Pasiphae the company's
investment capital rises to 56 billion Greek
Drachmas. The H/S/F Ikarus is launched in
Sweden on May 5th 1997 and arrives with great
pride and enthusiasm in Greece, from the FOSEN
shipyard in Norway.
|The third Highspeed Ferry, H/S/F Pasiphae, is
delivered. Along with H/S/Fs Ikarus and Aretousa,
the total investment value of the company is now
in the range of 80 billion Greek Drachma, the
greatest in the Greek maritime sector ever.
|The deployment of H/S/F ARIADNE PALACE 1.
(ex. H/S/F OCEANUS) on the new sea route
Genoa - Malta - Tunis, on May 31, 2002, opens
up new business horizons for MINOAN LINES on
the West Mediterranean with the strategic
cooperation with the Italian GRIMALDI group.