JETFERRY I - IMO 9111709
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|Mrs. D on Apr 26, 2016 01:37 (9 months ago)|
|Thanks for sharing this one, and for all the background information on the GA Ferries. I love when I find these jewels of information that add detail and depth to the story behind these ships on here.|
|Marcus-S on Feb 16, 2016 19:37 (11 months ago)|
What a tragic end of the former Scandlines-flagship between Rostock and Gedser (1997-1999). Farewell
sad regards, Marcus
|Petros Psarras on Feb 09, 2016 16:45 (11 months ago)|
|All GA Ferries ships were auctioned from Piraeus Port Authority ...free of any kind of debts (to pensionary fund and third parties) as "wrecks"... When all these ships were auctioned either by banks or by parties to whom GA was oweing a lot of money , the beggining price was too high and the debts were existing together... Jetferry 1 was auctioned for 9 or 10 times from Piraeus Port Authority (you can find more info at www.olp.gr) until the moment a local company bought her and after waiting for good scrap prices (due to the continuous turmoil) they sent her to the nice turkish beach|
|rd77 on Feb 09, 2016 12:05 (11 months ago)|
|Gas guzzler with lots of mechanical issues (these two Mjellem & Karlsen fast monohulls were notoriously unreliable IIRC) and years and years in lay-up. End of story.|
|becky on Feb 09, 2016 01:55 (11 months ago)|
|I want to thank you all for this discussion I also learn a lot from these back and forths|
|Florian 1860 on Feb 08, 2016 23:30 (11 months ago)|
|Haha :-)) Thanks, Jens!|
|Jens Boldt on Feb 08, 2016 23:12 (11 months ago)|
|I see, thanks once more for the explanation! Good to have an expert ferry-man around :-)|
|Florian 1860 on Feb 08, 2016 23:00 (11 months ago)|
as you just mentioned, the banks obviously demanded too much money, indeed. In addition all the conventional ferries were old vessels from the 1970's. And GA Ferries was definitely no ferry company keeping their ships in the very best condition...
For JETFERRY 1 I am not sure, why the banks couldn't find a buyer. A reason could be the lack of popularity of fast monohul ferries in general. Some years ago TIRRENIA sold six of them for scrap, all not even 20 years old.
You are right, there is definitely some kind of overcapacity of high speed ferries. In Greece, there are quite a lot of them laying up idle, these days.
Probably we will se some more highspeeds on the beaches of Aliaga in the next years...
|Jens Boldt on Feb 08, 2016 22:36 (11 months ago)|
Hi Florian, thanks for this prompt, detailed and comprehensive answer.
Yet, isn't it strange that not even one vessel found a buyer? Were the banks demanding too much money or is there - how to put it? - some kind of overcapacity of ferries in the Med?
|Florian 1860 on Feb 08, 2016 22:35 (11 months ago)|
her owners (GA Ferries) went bankrupt in 2007. Since then the whole fleet of GA ferries was laid up in Piraeus main port.
The banks monopolized all the vessels and tried to sell them at auction. However no buyers could be found and the ships remained in Piraeus port for a couple of years.
In the end the ferries step by step were sold to breakers in Turkey. JETFERRY 1 was the last of these ships leaving Piraeus. She was towed to the beach of Aliaga some weeks ago. Sad!
Hope this might help.
|Jens Boldt on Feb 08, 2016 22:06 (11 months ago)|
|Is there a special reason that she went to the breakers? 20 years really isn't that old for a ferry...|
|Florian 1860 on Feb 08, 2016 21:55 (11 months ago)|
|A sad last view. But most interesting... Thanks for sharing.|
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