HSC Normandie Express – Past and Present

HSC Normandie Express

ex The Lynx, Incat Tasmania

Portsmouth 05/06/17 © Ray Goodfellow

Aluminium ‘Evolution 10B’ catamaran built in 2000 by Incat  (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 057) as a car and passenger ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 97.22m (overall)
  • Breadth: 26.60m
  • Draught: 3.438m
  • Tonnage: 6,581 gross/2,514 net/750 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 20-cyl, Ruston 20RK270 diesels.
  • Power: 28,320 kW.
  • Speed: 37.0 knots (44.0 knots max)
  • Capacity: 900 passengers, 260 cars
  • Call Sign: ZMIL, FMIH
  • IMO Number: 9221358
  • MMSI Number: 228237700
  • Registry: Spain, New Zealand, Bahamas, France.
  • Sister ships: Incat 058, The Cat, Incat 060, Incat 062.


Current Location

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History

 July 29th 2000: Launched.

August 2nd 2000: Sea trials.

August 2000: Delivered to Incat Chartering Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia.

August 3rd 2000: Transported the Olympic torch around the Tasmanian coast.

Courtesy of Incat © António Cardoso

Courtesy of Incat © António Cardoso

September 9th 2000: Chartered to Australian Trade Commission and laid up in Sydney as a floating conference during the Olympic Games.

October 6th 2000: Left Sydney for Hobart (via Victoria) for completion.

November 2000: Chartered to Tranz Rail, Wellington, New Zealand and renamed THE LYNX.

© Glenn Towler  Courtesy of Incat

© Glenn Towler (left) Courtesy of Incat (right)

November 25th 2000: Left Hobart for Wellington.

December 10th 2000 – July 2003: Services between Wellington – Picton.

July 14th 2003: Left Wellington for Hobart.

July 16th 2003: Laid up in Hobart.

December 2004: Chartered to Brittany Ferries, France for delivery in 2005.

January 2005: Renamed NORMANDIE EXPRESS.

© Glenn Towler

© Glenn Towler

January 19th 2005: Arrived Hobart for loading of supplies for tsunami disaster victims in Indonesia and also on board the vessel, for delivery to France, was the yacht SILL ET VOILIA which in December 2004 was forced to retire into Hobart from the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world race.

© Mike Triplett  © Mike Triplett

© Mike Triplett

January 21st 2005: Left Hobart for Europe.

February 2005: Arrived Roscoff.

March 15th 2005: Commenced services between Ouistreham – Portsmouth/ Cherbourg – Portsmouth.

© Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

November 2005 – March 2006: Refit in Dunkerque and the laid up.

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

March 30th 2006 – October 29th 2006: Services between Ouistreham/ Cherbourg – Portsmouth.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Portsmouth 16/04/06 © Ray Goodfellow

March 5th 2007: Sold to Bretagne Angleterre Irlande SA (BAI), Caen, France (management Brittany Ferries).

© Robert Fournier

February 21st 2008 – March 4th 2008: Services between Plymouth – Roscoff.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

May 4th 2013: Berthing trials in Le Havre.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Ray Goodfellow

Cherbourg 10/05/2013 © Andreas Wörteler (left) and Cherbourg May 2013 © Ray Goodfellow (right)

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Departing Portsmouth 17/07/13 © Ray Goodfellow

May 19th 2013 – September 8th 2013: Services between Le Havre – Portsmouth.

© Dan Hall

Undergoing refit in Cherbourg 30/11/13 © Dan Hall

17th April 2014 – September 9th 2014: Service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg. Additionally, from 22nd May until 7th September the craft offered weekend sailings to Le Havre.

October 29th 2014:  In anticipation of covering for the Barfleur on the Poole-Cherbourg service she conducted berthing trials at Poole. Returned to Cherbourg the same day.

© Dan Hall  © Dan Hall

Poole 29/10/14 © Dan Hall

November 2nd 2014: Chartered to act as a spectator vessel for the start of the ‘Route du Rhum‘ yacht race at St Malo.

© Nicolas Levy   © Nicolas Levy

© Nicolas Levy   © Nicolas Levy

Route du Rhum, St Malo 02/11/14  © Nicolas Levy

November 4th 2014: Departed Cherbourg for Le Havre and Winter lay up.

© Nicolas Lévy

Laid up in Le Havre with the Bretagne © Nicolas Lévy

March 2015: Currently docked in the Darse De L’Océan in Le Havre. Anticipated return to service on the 29/04/15. She will initially cover the Cherbourg-Poole service of the Barfleur until the 14/5/15 before resuming service between Le Havre/Cherbourg and Portsmouth on the 15/5/15.

April 21st 2015: Departed Winter lay up in Le Havre and headed to Cherbourg to be prepared for service.

April 29th 2015: Resumed service from Poole/Portsmouth to Le Havre/Cherbourg.

© Dan Hall  © Dan Hall

Departing Poole on the 29/04/15 © Dan Hall

September 8th 2015: Final sailing 2015 season, Portsmouth -Cherbourg.

September 20th 2015: Sailed from Cherbourg to Dunkerque, for refit/maintenance.

September 20th 2015: Arrived in Dunkerque.

  

  

© Julien Carpentier

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At Damen Dunkerque © Ray Goodfellow

October 9th 2015: Arrived in Le Havre for Winter lay up. She is due to resume services between Portsmouth and Cherbourg on the 27/04/16.

April 18th 2016: Departed from Winter lay up in Le Havre bound for Cherbourg to be prepared for service.

April 26th 2016: Departed Cherbourg for Portsmouth in anticipation of reopening the Summer only Portsmouth-Cherbourg service the following day.

April 27th 2016: Reopened the Portsmouth-Cherbourg service.

September 13th 2016: Completed her last crossing between Cherbourg and Portsmouth of the 2016 Summer Season.

September 26th 2016: Departed Cherbourg for Winter lay up at the Darse de l’Océan in Le Havre. She will return to service on 20/04/17.

April 19th 2017: Arrived in Portsmouth to be readied for her first crossing of the 2017 Summer season.

April 20th 2017: Resumed service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg.

  

Departing Portsmouth 05/06/17 © Ray Goodfellow


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: Julien Carpentier, Dan Hall, Robert Fournier, Nicolas Levy, Glenn Towler, Mike Triplett and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. A special thanks goes to Brittany Ferries and International Catamarans PTY (Incat).

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


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