The new high-speed craft for ANES has been photographed actually in the water, and carrying the name Sebeco.
Greek shipping enthusiasts say the name is derived from a type of light, fast and manoeuvrable vessel used by pirates in the Aegean in past centuries. However, I hope ANES are not expecting to stop and seize ships at sea this summer.
Now according to leaks (oh, not a great choice of phrase when discussing boats, sorry) the Sebeco, if this is her final name, would enter service this weekend. As far as I can tell, she has yet to complete sea trials and her safety inspection so this seems highly unlikely.
The advisory commission on coastal shipping has approved both Sebeco and Symi II to operate as scheduled ferries on the Rhodes to Symi route, but final approval from the Minister has yet to be announced, nor has a timetable been published.
Symi II did indeed perform the Sunday evening extra trip from Rhodes to Symi and back last week, but there’s no available information about whether it will operate again on Sunday 1 July. In the meantime she is keeping busy on her traditional Rhodes-Symi-Panormitis-Rhodes day trip duties every day.