Dodekanisos Seaways was founded in 1999 aiming at the daily connection of Piraeus with Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros and Patmos. Eventually, the Company invested heavily in the Dodecanese islands interconnection. In 2000 the first newly built cruiser ‘’ Dodekanisos Express’’ was launched followed by the launch of the catamaran "Dodekanisos Pride". The primary concern of the Dodekanisos Seaways executives is the safety of passengers’ transportation and the convenience of both the visitors, as well as the permanent residents of the Dodecanese islands, in terms of rapid transfer from one destination to another. For those residing in the islands of the southeast Aegean it is very important that the operating company is consistently and reliably serving them throughout the year, that's why the local community of Dodecanese has repeatedly awarded Dodekanisos Seaways for its contribution to interconnection and for the development of tourism at this particular islands complex. For these purposes the company's fleet has been enriched and the conventional ship "Panagia Skiadeni", is serving the scheduled route from Rhodes to Turkey.