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GA Ferries adds new baby to fleet

GA Ferries<.> has acquired a state-of-the-art high speed vessel which is scheduled to undertake…

GA Ferries<.> has acquired a state-of-the-art high speed vessel which is scheduled to undertake the Patras-Kefalonia (Sami)-Ithaki route this month.

The firm stated that the approval of its service route application has ended the 40-year monopoly held by Strintzis Lines.

The vessel, named JetFerry 1, is the first of its kind to sail Ionian routes and will allow an additional 5,000 passengers and 1,000 passenger vehicles to be transported to this region on a daily basis.

Built at the Norwegian shipyards Mjellem & Karlens in 1995, it is a monohull-type ship and has a length of 95m and width of 17.4m. It can carry 800 passengers plus 175 passenger vehicles or 18 trucks and 50 cars.

JetFerry 1 will cut average journey time by half as it travels at a service speed of 34 knots. Travel time from Patras to Sami will take one hour and 25 minutes while the Sami-Ithaki journey will last 25 minutes.

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