Hellenic Seaways has an active presence in the Greek seas as of February 1999. It is the largest Hellenic maritime company: with conventional and highspeed vesselsand it serves more than 30 ports in the Cyclades, Saronikos and the Sporades.
The investment program
As of 2005, the company has started a new course of development, by bringing into effect an important investment plan of integrating new ships and rearranging its fleet.
In 2005, Hellenic Seaways added five new ships to its fleet: the newly built HIGHSPEED 5 (a high-speed ship), the faster passenger/vehicle ferry in the Aegean, with the maximum speed of 41 knots and a cruising speed of 38 knots, the newly built passenger/vehicle ferry NISSOS MYKONOS that was built entirely in Greece, the FLYINGCAT 5 and FLYINGCAT 6 (Catamaran ships), that replaced six flying dolphins and the Hellenic Voyager (Ro-Ro) that serves in transporting trucks.
In 2007, the company collected 4 new ships: the newly built passenger/vehicle ferry NISSOS CHIOS, that was also built in Greece, the passenger/vehicle ferry ARIADNE and two Ro-Ro type ships, the Celtic Sun and the Hellenic Master.
Hellenic Seaways has successfully brought into effect the investment plan involving the purchase and building of 9 new ships, among which the two entirely built in Greece, thus supporting the workers of the shipbuilding zone of Perama and the shipbuilding yard of Elefsina and Skaramagas, which proves the company’s commitment and its intention to substantially support the Greek shipbuilding industry.
Furthermore, the company was expanded with great success to new coastal lines. In 2007 the newly built Nissos Hios was put on the line Piraeus – Chios – Mytilene. Within 2007, the refit of the super luxurious ship ARIADNE was also completed in Greece. It is the largest passenger/vehicle ferry in garage capacity of the Hellenic coastal navigation, and it was put in the line Piraeus – Ikaria - Samos.
In the shipping awards “Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards 2007”, Hellenic Seaways was voted “the Best Company of the year 2007 for the Passenger Shipping” and the newly built passenger/vehicle ferry of the company, NISSOS CHIOS, which was entirely built in Greece, was given the award of the “Best Ship for the Year 2007”.
In 2006, the distinction of the “Best Ship of the Year” in the same institution had been given to the also newly built passenger – vehicle ferry of Hellenic Seaways NISSOS MYKONOS, which was awarded with the “Green Star” certificate of environment protection by the Italian classification sociery RINA. The ship has been fully adapted to all the regulations required to ensure the prevention of pollutions from all its operations, including the training of its crew to control all the substances that are damaging to the environment.
In 2007, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels gave to Hellenic Seaways the award of Tourist Business of 2007, for its determining role in upgrading and further developing the Hellenic coastal navigation and the sea transportation in the wider island area.
The ongoing modernization and enrichment of the fleet and the upgrade of the services provided to the passengers constitute a constant commitment and a strategic goal for the company. This way, Hellenic Seaways seeks and manages to keep its leading position in the competitive Market of coastal transportation services in Greece, and at the same time expands its presence in the sea transportation services of the Mediterranean.
The company’s central values are to provide high-quality sea transportation services that will satisfy the expectations of its customers; to maintain high levels of safety during the operation of the ships, that will ensure the protection of the life of the passengers and the crews, as well as the protection of the sea environment.
• Use and improve our know-how in the sea transportation of passengers and cargo, aiming at creating value for our shareholders.
• Maintain out leading position in Greece’s competitive market of coastal transportation services.
• Expand our presence in the Mediterranean’s sea cargo transportation markets.
• Provide high-quality sea transportation services to passengers and cargo, aiming at fully satisfying out customers.
• Maintain high safety levels during the operation of our ships, aiming at the absolute protection of the life our passengers and crews, as well as the protection of the sea environment