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Turkish Maritime Lines

(Denizcilik Bankasi Turk Anonim Ortakligi)


MS Akdeniz

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 A fine view of The MV Akdeniz during her final day cruising

Photograph by & Jorge Manuel Dias -


MV Akdeniz seen at anchor in June 2006

Photograph by & Dr. Ata Bilgili - Tuzla, Istanbul 

This page contains a series of photographs taken & in June 2006 by Dr. Ata Bilgili, Prof. Vice Dean, Maritime Faculty, Istanbul Technical University Tuzla, Istanbul, when they were inspecting the ship as they were about to use her as a student accommodation ship

An old world awaits in this delightful classic style lounge 


 Forward portside corner of the lounge


The mid aft wall has the bar, again adorned with thick leather and fine timber


A corner of the library 


A Twin bedded cabin. Does the phone have satellite connection? 



Above and below: one of her bathrooms



The next series of photographs were taken by Dr. Bilgili much later and shows the ship berthed in 2008 and 2009.


An excellent close up of her forward superstructure and Bridge


Her anchor chains are well kept and all her machinery is in working order


 At high tide it is just as well there is a lower entrance!


 An excellent view of her stern, and nice to see her dressed in flags!


 A Full stern view of the ship from the shore


Deck Plan


Below: This profile shows MV Akdeniz with all her cranes and derricks as built

Above: Promenade Deck Forward has the Music Lounge, aft is the Deck Bar far aft

A Deck Forward is the Smoking Room. Far aft is the Tourist Class Lounge - Above it is a covered lounge & Bar


Below: Forward on B Deck is the First Class Dinning Room followed by accommodations

On C Deck is the old Tourist Class Dining Room aft. Note the added large Labourites on the lower decks


Memorabilia & Personal collections

The following items are all provided by Dr. Bilgili. 1. The cover of a folder. This was found on board and it would have contained ships information for the passenger. In the 90’s she was operated by Goksel Shipping for some time. 2. Post Card is from the Doctor’s personal collection. 3. The Menu shown was also found on board and is now in the doctor’s safe hands!

1. The Turkish Maritime - Goksel Shipping Folder


A postcard of MV Akdeniz close to her final days of cruising


A beautiful Menu cover depicting the Minaret’s of Istanbul


 As can be seen the menu is dated – Nisan 25, 1995 / April 25, 1995

She would sail that and the next summer and then she was handed over to the ITU Maritime Faculty


There will be further NEW 2009 images of her interiors soon


Here is one superb view of the Akdeniz in 2009 – It is amazing, but her superstructure remains 100% as built

Photograph by & Dr. Ata Bilgili - Tuzla, Istanbul


MV Akdeniz seen in her prime days of cruising

From the Ata Bilgili collection


Page One The history of MS Akdeniz and the early days of MS Karadeniz

Page Two Interior photographs taken in June 2006 and other images

Page Three Photographs by Peter Knego taken of Akdeniz in 1998

Page Four Photographs and details of MS Karadeniz and MV Izmir, Ege & Marmara

Page Five ... NEW – A superb page packed full of photographs of the ships interiors taken by Dr. Ata Bilgili

whilst she has been at anchor as an accommodation vessel

New Page Two fine Turkish ships SS Iskenderun and Samsun built in 1950/51

New Page MS Pasabahce is a remarkable 1955-built Turkish all steel ferry and it is now in need of saving!



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