The company was founded on the 10th of April 1967, under the name "Anonymous Shipping Company of Crete S.A." and the distinctive title "ANEK LINES," having as shareholders, everyday people from the large island.
It is the first company with a grassroots base and the idea of its founding came from the need to improve shipping services linking the mainland of Greece to Crete.
Administered by a 15 member board, and employs on average 1800 individuals in inland crews & Management Services. Its base is in Chania, in privately owned ultra modern offices, which have a large conference centre with the ability to host 500 persons.
The activity of ANEK in the passenger shipping industry began in September 1970 with the launch of its first ship, the unforgettable "KYDON", on the Piraeus - Chania line. Since then, its development has been impressive.
The large and modern fleet of ANEK includes 10 private ships, registered in the Greek ship register, which are certified by the International Safety and Quality Systems ISM & ISPS, ISO & HACCP respectively.
In addition, by implementing the International Convention STCW 1995, relating to the quality of the crews (specialization, qualifications, experience, etc.), ANEK is generally acknowledged to have maintained one of the top positions in the area of international and domestic shipping.
Today, ANEK LINES belongs to the group of the most modern shipping companies, with a large European presence and great prestige. Since December 1998, with its listing in the Athens Stock Exchange, it has ensured its upward progress. By enlarging its commercial network, by creating new routes, enhancing investment opportunities and challenges in the shipping field, by implementing well targeted marketing strategies which take into account all the specific peculiarities of each market, it efficiently and competitively activates its total potential as well as their large sales network and agencies which represent it, in Greece and Europe.
At the same time, ANEK is a socially aware company and has responsibly contributed for years to the community through major environmental, sporting, and cultural sponsorships, it financially supports foundations with social and charitable character, strengthens attempts to preserve the cultural heritage and promote the historical physiognomy of Crete, participating in the touristic promotion of the country. Always practical and distinctive and alongside our fellow man who is in need of its contribution.
In December 2008, in the framework of the annual award of the " 5th Greek Shipping Awards", organized by Lloyd's List, ANEK was awarded the prize of "Best Company for the Year 2008 for Passenger Shipping".
From the birth of the company and the arrival of its first ship, the legendary KYDON, to the strategical decisions of the current Administration, ANEK LINES has been operating without deviation, with responsibility and consistency, has developed and improved its reliable fleet, its specialized staff and its impeccable services, having always in mind the best interest of passengers, which in the long term also ensures the robustness of its own shareholder organisation.