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In Memory of Pericles Panagopoulos

Pericles Panagopoulos, one of the most successful Greek shipping magnates, passed away at the age of 83 on Tuesday, February 5.

Cruise Ships Request Anchorage at Faliriko Delta

The Association of Passenger Ship Owners recently requested the development of port infrastructure for cruise ships in the area between the Peace and Friendship Stadium and Faliriko Delta.

New Board of Directors for Blue Star Ferries

The board of directors of Blue Star Maritime recently convened and accepted the resignation of executive board members, Pericles Panagopoulos and Alexander Panagopoulos, and independent, non-executive board member, Emmanuel Kalpadakis, who were then replaced with Petros Vettas,...

Lloyd’s Greek Shipping Awards a Big Success

Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards was a big success as it recognized the best in Greek shipping. DryShips boss, George Economou, and Greek ship owner and industry legend, John Carras, all took major prizes. Mr. Carras was named "Personality of the Year for 2007," an award...

MIG Takes Control of Attica Group

Marfin Investment Group recently acquired through its 100 percent subsidiary, MIG shipping, a 49.9 percent stake in the Attica Group— Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries— at the price of 5.50 euros per share. In total, MIG now holds a 51.3 percent stake in Attica. Pericles...

Market Expects Major Changes in Local Ferry Ownership

Crete-based Minoan Lines appears to be in the center of a shake up in Greece's coastal shipping sector. Last month, the activity of the Minoan shares on the Athens Stock Exchange, and subsequent press stories, has led most to believe that Attica Enterprises (Superfast Ferries and...

Attica Group Chairman Calls for Liberalized Coastal Shipping

If Greece wants to see further investment within its coastal shipping sector, it must stop this continual postponement of liberalizing coastal shipping, says Pericles Panagopoulos, chairman of the Attica Group (Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries).

Louis Hellenic Cruises to Raise the Greek Flag

At least three Louis group cruise ships will raise the Greek flag, CEO Costakis Loizou said aboard Thomson Destiny, the group's flagship, during a reception held while the vessel was docked in Piraeus last month.

Attica Voted Best Passenger Line Of The Year In Lloyd’s List Shipping Awards

Attica Group, parent company of Superfast Ferries and Blue Star Ferries, was voted “Best Passenger Line of the Year”in Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards.

New Era Dawns for Hellas Flying Dolphins

After several years in the doldrums, Hellas Flying Dolphins seems to have pricked the interest of Greece's major coastal shipping companies. Last month, under its new managing director, Gerasimos Stintzis, HFD announced an agreement whereby it would purchase two new vessels. And...

Superfast And Costa Crociere Alliance

Attica Enterprises, the holding company for Superfast Ferries, and cruise company Costa Crociere, owned by Carnival Cruise Lines, signed signed a letter of intent to create two joint ventures in cruise and ferry operations.

Strintzis Proudly Presents Blue Star Ithaki And Blue Star 1

Besides celebrating the arrival of new vessels, Strinztis Lines, now know as Blue Star Ferries, has received government approval to place its Blue Island and Blue Galaxy vessels in the Patras- Heraklion route as of July 2. The vessels depart from Patras every Sunday at 20:00 and...

A note by the publisher

Because of domestic cabotage -when sea transport is open only to Greek companies- Greece “lost the cruise business”, said Gerasimos Strintzis when his new Blue Star 1 ferry was launched last month. Pericles Panagopoulos of Superfast Ferries reminded that in free international...

Biggest And Best Tourism Panorama

This year’s domestic fair, Panorama 2000, held last month at the Peace & Friendship Stadium, proved to be the biggest, the best and the most successful to date. “It was not only the size and the well-designed stands that made this year’s fair so impressive,” said one seasoned...

Strintzis Launches Blue Star I

Strintzis Lines launched the first of a new group of luxury passenger ferries recently at the Dutch shipyard van der Giessen-de Noord. After the ship received the blessings of a Greek Orthodox priest, Dutch Transport, Public Works and Water Management Minister Tiny Netelenbos...