With Reuben Goossens

Maritime Historian

Turkish Maritime Lines

(Denizcilik Bankasi Turk Anonim Orakligi)


MS Akdeniz

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“Save the MV Akdeniz Campaign


 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 the 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 mahinerary are 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


“Save the MV Akdeniz Campaign”

Working together - Reuben Goossens founder - “SCLC” - “Save a Classic Liner Campaign”

And Dr. Ata Bilgili, Maritime Faculty, Istanbul Technical University Tuzla, Istanbul

ssMaritime in combination with the founder of the original “Save a Classic Liner Campaign” - Reuben Goossens, and Dr Ata Bilgili of Istanbul have now commenced a new campaign the “Save the MV Akdeniz Campaign” and we hope that this fine all original ship will receive your support and from around the world, I need genuine ship lovers to get behind her for this is indeed a remarkable ship! How many ships do you know that has not been modified or rebuilt in some way? MS Akdeniz is an original that proudly sailed under the Turkish flag for 42 years, and she has served the academic community for the past 12 years.

Peter Knego has told me that he will visit her next month when he is in Turkey and the author will visit her in September when in Turkey.

Although she is currently in fulltime use and there is certainly no indication that she is about to be sold. However, as we have experienced with other ships, it is preferable to be well prepared in advance. Without doubt, this ship is unique to any other classic ship that may come on the market at this time for the reason that she is an original and totally unspoilt! There are several possibilities that we could consider for her future:

1... Reclassification: This will mean that we could keep Akdeniz operational but with a crew of around 36, and use her locally or even internationally as an emergency accommodation and/or a hospital ship, should there be a need. For the rest of the time she can continue as a floating student Faculty in Turkey as well in overseas ports. But this will take a considerable investment.

2... Hotel & Maritime Museum: Akdeniz also has all the makings of a superb boutique Hotel and Maritime Museum in Turkey her homeland! However, I also believe that this genuinely classic ship would do Germany very proud considering that she is the ONLY and the LAST of the fine German passenger ships built of the mid fifties and still very much afloat and operational. In addition she is in an excellent interior condition. As a Classic Boutique Hotel & Maritime Museum in Bremen she would certainly make a fine tourist attraction in Germany, or Turkey for that matter!

If there are any further ideas or special interest in this fine ship - please email me for details.

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!



If you have any ideas or special interest in the MV Akdeniz please

Email Dr. Ata Bilgili at


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