More ferry boat news…or non-news. Taxydromos newspaper (link) reports today that the Aqua Jewel of Alpha Ferries will launch service Volos/Sporades about mid-March. OK, good. I detect two obvious problems.
First, the press release uses the troublingly vague phrase ‘about mid-March’ (Περί τα μέσα Μαρτίου). Could they be more exact?
Second, ‘about mid-March’ is 4 weeks after the Proteus is scheduled to quit the route for its annual 2 month tune-up.
Will the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy allow or force Proteus to postpone its annual refitting to accommodate the void? At their on-line pre-booking and ticketing site(link), ANES doesn’t show any voyages after February 13. If Proteus’s seaworthiness term is extended until the Aqua Jewel comes on-line and then takes its two month holiday, the ship would miss out on the busy Holy Week/Easter (April 9 – 16) traffic (especially the Mantoudi/Sporades route).
In the meantime, Hellenic Seaways should be firing up Express Skiathos (or something else) around about that time.
We’ll just have to wait and see.