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Strintzis prepares for market liberalisation

Greek shipping company Strintzis<.> Lines is proceeding with the modernisation of its fleet in preparation for the lifting of cabotage…

Greek shipping company Strintzis<.> Lines is proceeding with the modernisation of its fleet in preparation for the lifting of cabotage as well as the new Cycladic routes it will service.



The company`s advertising head, Dionysis Theodoratos, told TravelDailyNews during Greece`s Philoxenia travel fair that Strintzis had recently signed a contract with the Daewoo shipyards for the construction of two car-passenger ferries as well an option for a third vessel. They will be similar to the newly-built Ithaki though with improved technical specifications and able to reach higher speeds. Each will be able to carry 1,600 passengers, 750 passenger cars or 100 trucks and 100 cars, and operate an average speed of 28 miles.



The vessels should be completed by 2002, when Greece`s merchant marine will be liberalised, earlier than planned.



Another two vessels are under construction at Greece`s Skaramanga shipyards and are due to be delivered within 2001. Strintzis has the option of ordering a third vessel from Skaramanga.

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