Ex Arion, Nautilus 2000, Arion, Astra I, Astra, Istra
© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/08/2004)
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1965 by Brodogradiliste Uljanik, Pula, Yugoslavia (Yard No 248) as a Passenger/Cruise ship.
- Length: 116.83 m (overall) 105.03 m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 16.60 m
- Depth: 7.35 m
- Draught: 5.14 m
- Tonnage: 5465 – 5634 gross/2734 – 2812 net/1640t deadweight
- Engines: 2 Oil 2SA 10-cylinder Sulzer/Jugoturbina diesels
- Power: 11030kW/7500 bHP
- Speed: 19.0 knots
- Capacity: 338 passengers
- Call Sign: YTMI ……… CQUU
- IMO Number: 6419057
- Official Number:
- Port of Registry: Rijeka/Yugoslavia , Yalta/Ukraine 🇺🇦, Panama 🇵🇦, Madeira/Portugal 🇵🇹
- Sister-Ship: Dalmacija (243)
December 15th 1963: Keel laid.
July 20th 1964: Launched.
July 10th 1965: Delivered to Jadranska Linijska Plovidba, Rijeka, Yugoslavia.
July 1965: Entered service cruising in the Adriatic Sea, as well as the Adriatic Sea – Egypt.
© Wolfgang Fricke (Itea, October 1972) (Left) © DDGHANSA (Hamburg) (Right)
© Derek Longly (@ Newhaven)
© Brian Fisher (Southampton, Sept 1984)
© Brian Fisher (Tilbury, May 1985)
1991: Sold to Caravella Shipping, Yalta, Ukraine and renamed ASTRA. Cruising for Mono Co between Odessa – Haifa.
© Mike Jackson (Dover, April, 1995)
© Simonwp (Kiel, 01/06/1996)
1996: Sold to Goring Shipping Co, Panama and renamed ASTRA I.
1999: Sold to Constellation Cruise Holdings SA, Panama and renamed ARION .
© Mike Jackson (Dover, September 1996)
1999: Renamed NAUTILUS 2000 .
2001: Sold to Arcalia Shipping Co. Ltd., Panama and renamed ARION .
© Ken Smith (Tilbury, 02/07/2004)
© Frank Behrends (Istanbul, 15/08/2010)
May 2013: Sold to Coral Cruises Transportes, Lisbon, Portugal and renamed PORTO .
© Marcel and Ruud Coster (Ijmuiden, 12/05/2012)
2013: Laid up in Lisbon.
September 2018: Sold for scrapping.
October 21st 2018: Towed from Lisbon to Aliaga, Turkey.
November 5th 2018: Arrived Aliaga.
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: Frank Behrends, Marcel and Ruud Coster, Brian Fisher, Wolfgang Fricke, Mike Jackson, Derek Longly, Simonwp and Ken Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)