NEL Lines is a publicly-owned passenger shipping company based in Mytilene, Lesbos. NEL Lines was founded on August 5th 1972 under the name of Maritime Company of Lesvos S.A. (Ναυτιλιακή Εταιρία Λέσβου Α.Ε. ) with the objective of linking Lesvos, Chios and Limnos with the Greek mainland. Services started in 1973 with F/B Sappho. The ship originally operated the route Pireas-Chios-Mytilene thrice weekly.
During the 1980s, NEL purchased more ships. These were:"Alkeos", which has operated the Piraeus-Mytilene direct route, the Lavrio-Agios Efstratios-Lemnos-Kavala route, the Mytilene-Lemnos-Alexandroupolis route, among others. The "Arion", which served the Piraeus-Cyprus-Israel route and was torpedoed in Haifa. The "Odysseas Elitis" became the first and last ship owned by NEL to link Greece with Italy. The "Agios Rafael" was a primarily vehicle-carrying ship. Due to its low ceilings and steep staircases through the years it gained a dreadful reputation, along with the Alkeos.
NEL Lines fleet consists of the following passenger ships:
- Aeolos Kenteris I
- Aeolos Kenteris II
- Panagia Thalassini
- Panagia Tinou
- Panagia Hozoviotissa
- NEL Lines - company website