HSC Champion Jet 2
ex Condor Express, Incat 042
© Andreas Wörteler
Aluminium catamaran built in 1996 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 042) for Shipping Company 9/12 1994 LP Pte, Singapore as a car and passenger ferry.
- Length: 86.62m (overall), 71.78m (between perpendiculars)
- Breadth: 26.00m
- Draught: 3.628m
- Tonnage: 5,005 gross/2,002 net/340 deadweight
- Engines: Four 20-cyl, Ruston 20RK270 diesels.
- Power: 28,320 kW.
- Speed: 40,5 knots
- Capacity: 776 passengers, 200 cars
- Call Sign: C6SK5, 5BGN4
- IMO Number: 9135896
- MMSI Number: 209074000
- Registry: Singapore, Bahamas, Cyprus
- Sister ships: Incat 043, Incat 044, Incat 045
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November 24th 1996: Launched.
December 1996: Delivered to Shipping Company 9/12 1994 LP Pte, Singapore.
December 17th 1996: Christened and departed yard for Poole.
January 15th 1997: Arrived in Poole.
January 31st 1997: Condor Ferries introduced the Condor Express between Weymouth – Jersey – Guernsey.
March 1st 1997: Services between Poole – Jersey – Guernsey.
2002: Registered Owner: Condor Express Ltd.
© Andreas Wörteler
2005: Registered Owner; Condor Ltd. Registered Manager; Condor Marine Service Ltd.
September 12th 2005: Services for Condor Ferries between Weymouth – Jersey – Guernsey – Poole.
Off service with engine problems, Poole, 11/05/13 © Ray Goodfellow
© John Wilson
St Helier, Jersey, October 2014 © Ray Goodfellow
January 14th 2015: Arrived in Falmouth and entered dry dock No 2.
© Barrie Clark
January 14th 2015: Announced that she would be sold to Greek firm Seajets for an undisclosed sum with her sister-ship HSC CONDOR VITESSE. She will be delivered to her new owner, after the successful introduction of new HSC CONDOR LIBERATION. She will be renamed HSC CHAMPION JET 2.
January 30th 2015: Returned to Weymouth following refit in Falmouth. During her refit all Condor branding was removed in readiness for her sale to Seajets.
© Barrie Clark
March 23rd 2015: Due to operate the final ever Condor Ferries crossing from Weymouth to the Channel Islands. In future all Condor Ferries high speed services from the UK will be based at Poole.
March (end) 2015: Expected departure for Piraeus. The vessels will replace two of its existing Seajet fleet, the HIGH SPEED JET and MASTER JET, on the route from Piraeus to various islands, with Santorini as the final port of call.
Arriving in Weymouth on the 21/03/15 © Dan Hall
March 23rd 2015: Closed the historic route between Weymouth and the Channel Islands.
April 3rd 2015: Pressed back into service between Poole and the Channel Islands covering for the damaged Condor Liberation.
Departing Poole covering for the Condor Liberation 04/04/15 © Dan Hall
April 5th 2015: Arrived back in Weymouth.
May 16th 2015: Renamed Champion Jet 2.
May 18th 2015: Departed Weymouth for Chalkis, Greece.
May 24th 2015: Arrived in Chalkis, Greece and entered dry dock.
June 1st 2015: Departed drydock to be prepared for service with Seajets.
© Dimitris Mentakis
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Barrie Clark, Dimitris Mentakis, Dan Hall, John Wilson and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.