Minoan Lines was founded in 1972, is headquartered in Heraklion (Crete) and has been a proud member of Grimaldi Group since 2008. The company operates in the domestic market, offering connections between Crete (Heraklion, Chania) and Piraeus, Crete and Cyclades islands and acts as a GSA for the Grimaldi Group on the Adriatic Sea international routes between Greece & Italy. It manages and operates a superior fleet of modern, environmentally-friendly and certified high-speed cruise and catamaran ferries in the Mediterranean region.
The company is recognized as one of the leading and constantly evolving companies in the shipping industry with a strong market share on the routes that it operates. Through its loyal customer base with Minoan Lines Bonus Club awarded 14-year program, its strong presence and investment on web sales, social media marketing and advertising, the company has managed to build a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with its customers. The company has also acknowledged the importance of being socially conscious and has incorporated corporate social responsibility into the heart of its business.
Minoan Lines is, also, the most recognized shipping company brand in Greece and Europe and has won several quality prizes involving its vessels, services and professionalism by several prestigious organizations. Among others, it has gained seven very significant awards at Tourism Awards 2018 and it was voted: the “Best Greek Coastal Shipping Company” during the Greek Hospitality Awards 2018 event, “Passenger Line of the year 2016 and 2005” by the esteemed newspaper ‘Lloyd’s List’, “True Leader in Passenger Shipping for 2017” by the esteemed “ICAP Group”, “The ferry/shipping company with the top/best corporate brand name in the Greek passenger shipping sector” for 2011/2012” & 2016/2017 by the accredited international institution ‘’Corporate Superbrands Greece’’, “The Ferry Company with the Best Reputation” in Greece in the Famous Brands research awards, gaining the “Gold Medal” in its category for four consecutive times (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012).
Minoan Lines has grown a lot since its establishment and intends to expand its commercial network. Given its vast experience and scale of business, the company is optimistic about the future and is positioned to exploit new opportunities to deliver to its customers frequent services from diversified ports by investing in new vessels and new technologies.
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Αntonios Maniadakis is the Managing Director of Minoan Lines S.A.
Following his Higher National Diploma as Master of First Class from the Hellenic Merchant Marine Academy, he graduated from the University of Plymouth (UK) with a Master of Science (MSc) in International Shipping.
In 1987, he started his professional career in Minoan Lines. In 1997 he assumed the duties of Chief Shipping Officer, where he was in charge of the Fleet’s management and responsible for the sale of the old tonnage (12 ferries).
He was also the Head for the new ship-buildings which commenced in the middle of the 1990s, an enormous investment amounted to 900 million USD.
He served as Vice-President of Mediterranean Ferries from 2001 until 2002 and Chairman & Managing Director of Autovie Del Mare Maritime Way from 2003 until 2004.
In 2004, he was elected member of Minoan Lines BoD, while in January 2005 he was appointed as Managing Director, a position that he holds until today.
He has been characterized as the “Modernizer of the Greek Coastal Shipping”, “Top Manager” in his field for 2006 & 2007, while he was among the “Top Leaders in Greece” for 2011 according to distinguished Greek newspapers/shipping portals.
In 2008, he was honoured by the Panhellenic Union of Master Mariners of the Greek Merchant Marine for his contribution to Greek Shipping.
He is a member of:
- The Italian-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
- The Hellenic Committee of RINA
- The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce