standard Mv Free Enterprise I, Past and Present

14/04/2013: Additional Technical data. 29/11/2013: Pic Gallery updated 02/12/2013: Further pic added

Mv Okeanis

ex Kallisti, Methodia II, Ergina, Kimolos, Free Enterprise I, Free Enterprise

© A G Jones

© A G Jones

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by N.V. Werf “Gusto”, Schiedam, Rotterdam,(Yard No. 424) for Townsend Bros. Ferries Ltd., in 1962. 

Technical Data

  • Length: 96.5m (316.5 ft) (overall)
  • Breadth of Hull: 15.8m (53.7 ft) (extreme)
  • Draught: 4.3m (13.3 ft) (maximum)
  • Tonnage: 2,607gross (1962), 890 net, 457 dead weight
  • Engines: Two 12-cylinder Smit-M.A.N. RBL 6612  four-stroke single-acting diesels.
  • Power: 7,360 kW/3470 bhp
  • Speed: 17.0 knots
  • Capacity: 850 passengers (1962), 1,400 (1981), 120 cars on two decks and 6 freight vehicles
  • Number of crew: 56
  • Call Sign: GIAR (1962), SWHW (current 2007)
  • IMO Number: 5120752 Official Number: 303416
  • Registry: Dover (1962 – 1980), Piraeus, Greece (1980 – current 2007)

History

August 7th 1961: Keel laid

February 2nd 1962: Launched as FREE ENTERPRISE.

Steve Salter Archives

Steve R Salter Archives (Fitting Out)

April 22nd 1962: Delivered to European Ferries, Dover, England.

Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection  © Frank Phillips

© Fotoflite, Stéphane Poulain Collection (left) © Frank Phillips (right)

April 22nd 1962: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

May 1965: Renamed FREE ENTERPRISE I.

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

1965: “Townsend” in red was added to the superstructure.

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

1968: Townsend European Ferries joined with Thoresen Ferries to become Townsend Thoresen European Ferries

September 6th 1971: Damaged at the stern when accidentally ramming spar at Calais.

© A G Jones  © A G Jones

© A G Jones (both)

1972: “Townsend Thoresen” was added in small white letters on the hulls and TTF logo appeared on funnels in pale green.

1974: Ships had hulls painted dark green with company name in large white letters.

May 25th 1975: Introduced, for the summer season, between Cairnryan – Larne.

1976: “Thoresen” orange was adopted for all ships hulls and funnels eventually became dark green with orange TTF company logo.

© Bob Scott

 

© Bob Scott

1976 (Summer): Operated between Cairnryan – Larne

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

1977: Mostly on stand-by duties. Then laid up in Tilbury.

Steve R Salter Archives

Steve R Salter Archives

December 24th 1979: Final day in service for Townsend Thoresen, thereafter laid up in Tilbury.

February 23rd 1980: Left Tilbury for Rotterdam and refit

February 1980: Sold to Ventouris Group, Piraeus, Greece and renamed KIMOLOS.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

March 2nd 1981: Arrived at Piraeus after rebuild. Operated between Piraeus – Cycladenese Islands.

June 17th 1983: Ran aground on Sifnos Island. The accident occurred at 09.30 during a period of strong winds but fortunately the vessel ran aground on a sandy beach and refloated herself at 14.30. However so much wash was made during the attempt that 11 other craft in the harbour at Kamares were damaged.

September 28th 1983: Arriving at Syros at 04.25 she struck the edge of the North breakwater bringing down the lighthouse. The ship became stranded on the breakwater’s triangular concrete blocks and passengers were eventually ferried ashore by the local tugs. Re-floated herself at 17.15 and she was surveyed at dry dock in Piraeus on October 3 (1983). Damage extended from the starboard rails on her forecastle, partial flooding of engine room spaces and crew cabins to bent screws. The engines had to be opened up and inspected and repairs were also carried out to her hull following her earlier troubles when she ran aground at Sifnos In June

1993: Registered to Hellenic Coastal Lines C. Ventouris Sons Shipping Co., Piraeus, Greece, renamed ERGINA.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

1995: Renamed VENTOURIS.

May 1995: Commenced service for Ventouris Sea Lines, Piraeus, Greece. Renamed METHODIA II.

© Carsten Dettmar

© Carsten Dettmer

October 1995: The financial problems of her operators saw her laid up in the Great Harbour in Piraeus

January 1997: Sold to Sinderella NE, Piraeus, Greece. Renamed KALLISTI.

Bernt Anderson Collection

Bernt Anderson Collection

1997: Introduced in the summer for cruising between Crete – Santorini, and in the winter between Lavrio – Tinos – Mykonos.

2003: Reportedly laid-up in Heraklion, Crete.

2004 (Summer): Cruising only between Crete – Santorini.

2005: Registered owner: Ionian Lines Cruises & Ferry, renamed OKEANIS.

© Matt Murtland (HHV Ferry)  © Matt Murtland (HHV Ferry)

© Matt Murtland (HHV Ferry)

2006 (Autumn): Laid up in Zakynthos and advertised for sale.

© Carsten Dettmar

© Carsten Dettmer

© Goggle Earth  © Goggle Earth

© Google Earth (both, 38º-037868 N/23º-520809 E, 10/01/2012 )

February 16th 2013: Confirmed as being laid up @ Eleusis, Greece.

June 1st 2013: Left Eleusis, under tow from the tug CHRISTOS XVII, for scrapping in Aliaga .

June 6th 2013: Arrived Aliaga for scrapping.

© Selim San  © SelimSan

© SelimSan

© SelimSan (all)


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Micke Asklander (Faktaomfartyg), Carsten Dettmer, Brian Fisher, Ted Ingham, A G Jones, Matt Murtland (HHV Ferry), Frank Phillips, Stéphane Poulain and Selim San  for their assistance in compiling this feature. A special thanks goes to the World Ship Society (East Kent Branch) and Steve R Salter.

 Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

7 Comments

  1. Hello,
    if your time permits, it would be nice to correct my name written under my photos above. It’s “Carsten Dettmer” not “Dettmar”. Thank you in advance, best regards Carsten

    1. Hi Richard,

      ‘Afraid I don’t know.

      Last confirmed I have was 16.02.13 @ Elefsis, Greece.

      Rgds
      Nigel Thornton

    2. ok thanks nigel, ive got myself hooked on knowing the fate of the free enterprise ferries 1-8. most sites say they dont know about this one but one site says its in sierra leone now.

    3. Richard,

      The picture I have, dated 16/02/2013, actually shows her flying the Sierra Leone flag.
      I believe the info’ you refer to states that, since January 2013, she is owned by Ragtime Marine- Chuncheon, South Korea with a home port of Freetown?

      As to her current location? Who knows, but I think she is still at Elefsis?

      Rgds
      Nigel

    4. nigel
      i’d say your right i went to working shipping site that are only interested in working and not dead vessels and the last known voyage was to zakynthos greece. im particularly interested in this one because it was featured in the italian job (1968) “not a lot of people know that”. thanks for all your help
      kind regards
      richard

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