Ex Euromantique, Agia Methodia, Seaway I, Seaway Hobart, Union Hobart
Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1976 by Framnæs Mekaniske Verksted, Sandefjord, Norway (Yard No 186) as RoRo Cargo/Container Ship.
- Length: 135.79 m (overall) 120.00 m (between perpendiculars)
Breadth: 26.73 m
Depth: 14.71 m
Draught: 7.176 m
Tonnage: 4376 – 10749 gross/1748 – 3237 net/7299t – 4333t deadweight
Engines: 2 Vee Oil 4SA 12-cylinder Pielstick/Lindholmen diesels
Power: 8827 kW/12000 BHP
Speed: 18.5 knots (max)
Capacity: 12 – 550/800 passengers/300 cars
Call Sign: GVIH, VKSH, SWYM
IMO Number: 7431090
Official Number: 36624/10644
Port of Registry: London/UK, Sydney/Australia, Melbourne/Australia, Limassol/Cyprus, Nassau/Bahamas, Piraeus/Greece
Sister-Ship: Fichtelberg, Melbourne Trader, Tor Belgia, Tor Caledonia, Tor Dania, Tor Finlandia, Tor Gothia, Tor Nerlandia, Union Lyttelton
February 12th 1976: Launched.
1976: Delivered to Union Whitminster Co. Ltd., London, England.
© Keith Wood (Courtesy of Chris Howell)
1976: Commenced services for Union Shipping Australia Pty. Ltd. Between Sydney – Australia – New Zealand.
1984: Renamed SEAWAY HOBART for Union S.A/ Coastal Express Lines services between Melbourne – Hobart.
January 17th 1993: Final day in service between Melbourne – Hobart.
1993: Sold to AK Ventouris Group, Piraeus, Greece and renamed SEAWAY I for the journey to Europe.
1993: Arrived Perama Yard in Greece for re-building.
1994: Renamed AGIA METHODIA for services between Patras – Brindisi.
April 1995: Chartered to Eurolink Ferry Service.
April 1995: Registered to Icemare Shipping Co. SA, Nassau, Bahamas.
© Leo Johannes (Medway, 03/04/1995)
© Ken Larwood (Medway, May 1995)
April 12th 1995: Services between Sheerness – Vlissingen.
June 19th 1995: Renamed EUROMANTIQUE.
© Gerolf Drebes (Flushing, 05/07/1995)
© Pieter Inpyn (Flushing, 01/04/1996)
© Simonwp (01/06/1996)
December 1st 1996: Services terminated owing to the parent company, Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, making heavy financial losses.
December 1996: Chartered to Dart Line for services between Dartford – Vlissingen.
June 1997: Chartered to ISNASA , Spain for services between Algeciras – Tangier.
May 1998: ISNASA went bankrupt and she was laid up in Algeciras, being moved later to Piraeus for further lay-up.
January 1999: Sold to Maritime Company of Lesvos S.A. Mytilene, Greece.
June 1999: Renamed TAXIARCHIS. Operated services for NEL Lines between Levos – Piraeus.
© Aleksi Lindström (Perama, 15/04/2004)
© Carsten Dettmer (01/07/2005)
January 2006: Collided in Lemnos, causing propeller damage.
May 2007: Chartered to El Salam, Egypt.
May 18th 2007: Left Piraeus for Safaga (Egypt).
2007: Red Sea services.
October 2007: Returned to Greece.
November 1st 2007: Services between Piraeus – Chios – Mytilene.
October 15th 2008: Laid up in Drapetsona.
© Aleksi Lindström (Piraeus, 27-29/05/2008)
February 17th 2009: Left Drapetsona for Lavrion.
February 19th 2009: Services between Lavrion – Agios Eftratios – Lemnos – Kavala.
© Dennis Mortimer (Perama, 16/06/2014)
April 15th 2015: Taken over by her unpaid crew in Lavrion.
July 31st 2018: Arrived in Paloukia (Greece)
© Fabian Vornholt (Perama, 15/05/2019)
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: Carsten Dettmer, Gerolf Drebes, Pieter Inpyn, Leo Johannes, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Dennis Mortimer, Simonwp, Fabian Vornholt and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)