ex Ephesus, Lydia, Olympia, Koningin Fabiola
Arne Pyson Collection
Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by J. Boel & Fils, Temse, (Yard No. 1391) in 1962, for the Belgian Marine Administration’s Ostend service as a passenger and car ferry. Engined by Sulzer Bros. Ltd, Winterthur.
- Length on deck: 117.30m (384.8 ft) (overall)/10.62m (362.9 ft) (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth of hull: 15.98m (52.4 ft) (extreme)
- Depth: 10.06m (16.11ft) (moulded)
- Draught: 3.82m (12.675ft) (maximum)
- Tonnage: 3,057 gross/1,317 net, 1,603/411 deadweight
- Engines: Two 12-cylinder Sulzer 12NH51 two-stroke single acting diesels
- Power: 7,061 kW/9600 bhp
- Speed: 20 knots
- Capacity: 850 passengers, 160 cars.
- Call Sign: ORAC (Koningin Fabiola) 9HHS2 (Lydia) J8LY2 (Bosporus)
- IMO Number: 5192963
- Registry: Oostende (1962 – 1985), Valletta (1985 – ), Saint Vincent and Grenadines
November 20th 1961: Launched. The first Dover – Ostend vessel to receive a bow-thrust unit.
Courtesy of Michael Woodland
Arne Pyson Collection (all)
June 1962: Delivered to Belgian Maritime Transport Authority, Oostende, Belgium.
Roy Thornton Collection (All)
June 10th 1962: Commenced service between Ostend – Dover.
© Brian Fisher (left) © A G Jones (right)
September 19th 1969: First sailing to Harwich then returned to Ostend – Dover
1970: Summer relief Harwich – Hook of Holland
November 1970: Belgian Marine joined the Sealink consortium. Trading as Sealink
🆕© Tony Garner
© Ken Larwood (all)
© Fotoflite (both)
© Robert Bertel (left) © Peter Longhurst (right)
November 1st 1971: Belgian Marine became the Belgian Maritime Transport Authority – Regie voor Maritiem Transport (RMT).
October 28th 1974: Suffered a serious engine-room fire whilst en route to Ostend. Repairs took six months.
© Kenneth Whyte
June 15th 1983: Final day in service, thereafter laid up in Ostend.
February 1985: Sold to Ionian Navigation Co. Ltd., Valletta, Malta. Renamed OLYMPIA.
1985: Chartered to Hellenic Mediterrean Lines. Renamed LYDIA.
© A Scimali
Roy Thornton Collection (all)
© Frank Heine (Igoumenitsa (25/07/1990)
© Frank Heine (Igoumenitsa 23/07/1994)
1992: Operated between Ortona – Igoumenitsa.
December 1995: Sold to Illyria Ferries, Registered to Lefki Investments Corp., Kingstown, St. Vincent. Renamed EPHESUS.
December 1995: Operated between Brindisi and Valona.
Roy Thornton Collection
June 1996: Chartered to TOPAS Maritime Lines. Operated between Bari – Igoumenitsa – Cesme.
© Frank Heine (Bari 27/09/1996)(both)
July 31st 1996: Arrested in Bari.
1996: Registered to Skylark Trading Ltd., Kingstown, St. Vincent. Renamed BERGAMA.
1996: Introduced by Stern Lines between Bari – Cesme.
🆕© Frank Heine (Simplon Postcard)
1997: Sold to Illyria Lines. Operated between Bari – Tirana.
June 14th 1997 – September 22nd 1997: Chartered to Stern Lines Shipping. Operated between Bari – Cesme.
1998: Chartered to Anatolia Ferries. Renamed BOSPORUS.
© Antonis Lazaris
2000: Laid up in Cesme.
2004: Sold to Turkish breakers.
March 11th 2004: Arrived Aliaga, Turkey for scrapping.
© Selim San
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Robert Bertel, Tony Garner, Frank Heine, Ken Larwood, Antonis Lazaris, Peter Longhurst, Arne Pyson, Selim San, Kenneth Whyte and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.