Atlantic Steam Navigation Company (ASN)FerriesPast and PresentTownsend Thoresen

MV Doric Ferry (1962) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 5092888

MV Kapetan Alexandros A

Ex Kapetan Alexandros, Alekos, Atlas II, Doric Ferry

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1962 at Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Troon, (Yard No 509) for Atlantic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London, England as a passenger and vehicle ferry. 

Technical Data

  • Length: 110.19 m (overall) 103.33 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 16.79 m
  • Depth: 9.91 m
  • Draught: 3.893 m
  • Tonnage: 2573 – 2454 gross/1097 – 888 net/1529 – 1554t deadweight
  • Engines: 2 Vee Oil 4SA 16-cylinder Davey Paxman diesels
  • Power: 2471 kW/3360 bHP
  • Speed: 14.0 knots
  • Capacity: 35 passengers, (1,200 after rebuild),400 metres of cargo, 130 cars (after rebuild)
  • Call Sign: GHJC, SXUQ
  • IMO Number: 5092888
  • Official Number: 302896
  • Port of Registry:  London/UK  🇬🇧, Piraeus/ Greece 🇬🇷, Valletta/Malta 🇲🇹
  • Sister-Ship: Cerdic Ferry (508)


October 27th 1961: Launched.

February 1962: Delivered to Atlantic Steam Nav. Co., Ltd., London, England.

February 1962: Commenced service between Preston – Larne.

April 1962: Commenced service between Tilbury – Antwerp.

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

November 1968: Service between Preston – Larne.

© Jim McFaul 

© Jim McFaul 

November 18th 1971: Sale of Atlantic Steam Navigation to European Ferries Group, London (Townsend Thoresen).

July 29th 1974: Commenced service between Cainryan – Larne.

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection)

© Achim Borchert (Frank Heine Collection) (April 1975)

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

1981: Sold to Compania Armadora de Sudamerica, Panama (Registered to Barracuda Maritime Co. SA, Panama), renamed ATLAS II.

June 16th 1981: Left Belfast for Piraeus.

1981: Introduced by Libra Maritime between Brindisi – Igoumenitsa.

1983: Commenced service between Trieste – Igoumenitsa.

1984: Service between Piraeus – Izmir.

© Simonwp

© Simonwp (Pireaus, September 1984)

1988: Sold to Cycladic Lines, Piraeus, Greece. Renamed ALEKOS.

1988: Introduced between Rafina – Cycladese Islands.

1989: Sold to Agoudimos Lines, Valletta, Malta. Renamed KAPETAN ALEXANDROS.

1990: Rebuilt to car and passenger ferry in Greece.

1990: Commenced service between Rafina – Dodecanes Islands.

© Bernd Crause

© Bernd Crause

1992: Introduced between Igoumenitsa – Brindisi.

2000: Laid up in Eleusis Bay, Greece.

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn

© Pieter Inpyn (Drapetsona,  01/05/2000)


2002: Introduced between Bari – Vallona.

© Aleksi Lindström © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (Bari, July 2002)

March 2004: Introduced between Brindisi – Vallona.

September 2006: Arrived in Drapetsona, Greece.

January 2007: Service Brindisi – Valona.

© Frank Heine © Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (Bari, 02/08/2007)

September 11th 2008: Arrived, for the season, at Perama.

December 29th 2008: Left Perama for Vlore.

January 2nd 2009: Services Brindisi – Vlore.

July 2009: Sold to Turkish breakers.

July 25th 2009: Left Piraeus for Aliaga, Turkey.

July 26th 2009: Arrived at Aliaga and beached.

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: Achim Borchert, Bernd Crause, Frank Heine, Pieter Inpyn, Ted Ingham,  Aleksi Lindström, Jim McFaul  and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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