Ferryboat Samaria I: Tribute to the little hero of southern Crete!
- 24 November, 2018
Crete is an island with peculiar geography that combines mountains and sea. On the northern coastline, people and goods movements are relatively easy and fast due to the remarkable road network.
On the other hand, on the southern coastline there is no network linking the whole coastline of southern Crete due to the rocky terrain and the strange geography of the area. This phenomenon is particularly pronounced on the western side of southern Crete where Gavdos is located. Until 1983, several small shipping companies served to connect the southwest coast of Crete with the southernmost part of the European continent, Gavdos.
In 1983 these companies were united and thus was born the Anonymous Shipping Company of South-Western Crete (ANENDYK). Thanks to this activity, the catering of these areas and especially of Gavdos is ensured on a daily basis, while it is worth mentioning that many of the passes serving the ANENDYK ships, despite the virtually nonexistent ports, need chiefs with experience due to the difficult tides of Libyan Sea, experience developed as far as their tourist traffic is concerned, but also thanks to their skills whole houses have been built as well as whole villages, due to inaccessible places by land, such as Loutro and Agia Roumeli, thanks to the service of the company's ships.
A few words about the ship
Samaria 1 was built on behalf of ANENDYK in Perama in 1986, it is 46 meters long and 12 meters wide, has 3 meters draft while on the bow it has a draft less than 1 meter which allows its approach even to beaches! It has a service speed of 10 knots with a maximum of 11.5 knots that originates from 2 ABC [Anglo Belgian Corp.] machines of 368 kw each with an hourly consumption of 120 liters fuel per hour.
The ship also has 2 power generators and a pair of propellers and rudder features that offer impeccable flexible capabilities that are necessary for the difficult task that the ship is called to serve. It is a ship that was made to keep what is shown by the quality of its construction while it is worth noting that its sheet metal has a thickness of 1.2 cm.
We arrive in Paleochora and in the port of Skálas where we find the ship tied in the harbor as its planned route to the ports of Agia Roumeli, Sougia and Gavdos has been canceled because of the adverse weather conditions, especially if it blows southern wind. The master of Samaria 1 welcomes us, Mr. Andreas Vardoulakis, who is in the company for 18 years, starting as a sailor and passing from the positions of the lieutenant and the chief of the ship, ending in the position of captain, while in the last 2 years he is in command of Samaria 1 .
On the boat we enter from the side embarkment directly to the garage on Deck 2. The garage has a capacity of 36 cars, enough for the needs of the line.
In 2010, a small conversion was made to the garage in order to comply with the new regulations for ships traveling more than 6 miles from the shore, during this restoration that took place in Souda they closed the aft garage space while to the bow was added a horizontal cover over the ship's ramp, these changes limit the risk of flooding the garage by high waves. The aft garage, since the bow garage was covered, also serves as a space for the crew, there is also a animal cage.
We climb from the side stairs and go to deck 3 where we find the internal lounge of the ship with the large windows that offer unobstructed views of the Libyan Sea, in the inner saloon of the ship there is also an inside bar where it uses to be busy when the ship has many passengers on his journey ...
This area gives the passenger a clear understanding that it is a clean and tidy boat on the same deck and there are also external seats such as outside seating on the ship and on deck 4.
Also the cabin crew has a space that functions also as an emergency room if needed for a passenger. One level up on deck 4 is the outside bar of the ship where passenger preference is especially high in the summer months, as a whole on both decks the ship has a capacity for 480 passengers.
Floating on the same deck is the bridge of the ship, a naval bridge that has all the modern safety devices and all those instruments that facilitate the captains's work. As far as the fire protection is concerned, the ship has a sprinkler system for public areas and a sea water extinguishing pump as well as a CO2 system in the engine room.
Our guided tour ends at the heart of the ship in the engine room. Once you get into it, you see the 2 Anglo Belgian Corp machines in the same space, we have the 2 control room electromechanics and a workplace for the engineers.
This is how we ended our tour of the ship and, of course, we stayed with the best impressions on the quality of its construction and how well preserved it is, of course, thanks to its crew's efforts.
From: http://www.parakritika.gr/f-b-samaria-a ... as-kritis/