© Andreas WörtelerHSC Condor Vitesse (Incat 044) – Past and Present

HSC Champion Jet 1

ex Condor Vitesse, Incat 044

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

Aluminium catamaran built in 1997 by Incat  (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 044) for International Catamarans Pty. Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry. 

Technical Data

  • Length: 86.62m (overall), 71.8m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 26.00m
  • Draught: 3.628m
  • Tonnage: 5,007 gross/2,002 net/350 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 20-cyl, Ruston 20RK270 diesels.
  • Power: 28,320 kW.
  • Speed: 40,5 knots
  • Capacity: 800 passengers, 200 cars
  • Call Sign: C60X9, 5BFR4
  • IMO number: 9151008
  • MMSI number: 209440000
  • Registry: Bahamas, Cyprus
  • Sister ships: Incat 042, Incat 043, Incat 045

History

May 7th 1997: Launched.

June 1997: Delivered to International Catamarans Pty. Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas.

July 1997: Left builders for England and then laid-up in Portland.

1997: Registered Owner; Sovereign Business Finance Ltd.

October 1997: Promotional visit to Århus, Denmark.

© Yvon Perchoc

©  Yvon Perchoc

May 1st 1998: Chartered to Condor Ferries Ltd., Poole. Renamed CONDOR VITESSE for services between Weymouth – Jersey – Guernsey – St Malo.

November 9th 1999: Left Falmouth for Wellington.

December 1st 1999: Arrived in Wellington.

December 8th 1999 – April 26th 2000: Chartered to Tranz Rail, New Zealand for services between Wellington – Picton.

April 27th 2000: Left Wellington for Weymouth via Darwin – Colombo – Djibouti – Valletta.

May 20th 2000: Arrived Weymouth.

May 26th 2000: Condor Ferries services between Poole – Jersey – Guernsey – St. Malo.

May 22nd 2001 – September 30th 2001: Summer services for Brittany Ferries/ Condor Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.

2002: Registered Owner; Condor Ltd.

May 2002 – September 2002: Summer services for Brittany Ferries/ Condor Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.

May 2003 – September 2003: Summer services for Brittany Ferries/ Condor Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.

September 2003: Laid up at Weymouth.

May 2004 – September 2004: Summer services for Brittany Ferries/ Condor Ferries between Poole – Cherbourg.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

May 2005: Marketed under the brand “NORMANDIE VITESSE” for services between Cherbourg – Poole.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

August 22nd 2008: Holed after colliding with a jetty in St Malo.

© Tony Garner

© Tony Garner

© Barrie Clark

© 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 EXPRESS. She will be delivered to her new owner, after the successful introduction of new HSC CONDOR LIBERATION, who will rename her HSC CHAMPION JET 1.

February 9th 2015: Departed Weymouth for the last time heading for drydocking at Falmouth. During her dry docking the Condor branding was removed from her hull.

© Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark

March 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.

March 6th 2015: Renamed Champion Jet 1.

March 9th 2015: Departed Falmouth for Piraeus.

March 14th 2015: Arrived at the Port of Piraeus, Greece for refit and to be prepared for service. According to Seajets she will see service from Piraeus to Mykonos, Naxos and Thira/Santorini between 1 June and 20 September.

May 30th 2015: Maiden crossing to/from Piraeus.

© Dimitris Mentakis  © Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis  © Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis

© 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, Tony Garner, Dimitris Mentakis, Yvon Perchoc and Andreas Wörteler their assistance in producing this feature.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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