HSC 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

Current Location

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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.

© Frank Heine

© Frank Heine (St Malo, 16/06/2002)

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

September 2003: Laid up at Weymouth.

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

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (Weymouth, 20/04/2004)

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 (St Peters Port, 01/09/2014)

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 (Falmouth, 10/02/2015)

© Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark (Falmouth, 08/03/2015)

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 (Piraeus, 30/05/2015)

© Dimitris Mentakis  © Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis (Piraeus, 01/05/2016)

December 2018: Chartered to Armas and sailed to The Canary Islands.

© Alex Marreo

© Alex Marreo  (Santa Cruz, Tenerife 13/12/2018)

January 2019: Conducted trials prior to entering service Los Cristianos (Tenerife) – La Gomera

June 15th 2019: Armas-Trasmediterranea announced that from 1 July CHAMPION JET 1 will offer fast service on the lines of Almeria-Melilla and Malaga-Melilla.

June 2019: Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, replacing the ALMUDAINA DOS (in drydock for a few weeks).

© Alex Marrero

© Alex Marrero (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 09/06/2019)

July 12th 2019: Commenced service between Almeria-Melilla and Malaga-Melilla.

August 28th 2019: Laid up in Motril (Spain)

March 7th 2020: Left Motril under tow from SEABUFFALO (IMO 7719686), bound for Piraeus.

© Emmanuel. L. Stafrace

New” © Emmanuel. L. Stafrace

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, Frank Heine, Alex Marrero, Dimitris Mentakis, Yvon Perchoc, Emmanuel. L. Stafrace and Andreas Wörteler their assistance in producing this feature.

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