HSC Jaume III
ex Diamant, Seacat Diamant, Holyman Diamant, Holyman Express
© Nigel Thornton
Aluminium catamaran built in 1997 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 041) for International Catamarans Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia as a car and passenger ferry
- Length: 81.15m
- Breadth: 26.00m
- Draught: 3.15m
- Tonnage: 4,305 gross/200 deadweight
- Engines: Four 20-cyl, Ruston 20RK270 Mk2 Turbo diesels (as built)
- Power: 22,020 kW (as built)
- Speed: 37.0 knots (service), 44 (max)
- Capacity: 654 passengers, 155 cars
- Call Sign: C6OI3(2000 – 2006), IBQC (2006), ECMI (current)
- IMO number: 9135884
- MMSI Number: 224477000
- Registry: Luxembourg (1997 – 2000), Bahamas (2000 – 2003), Italy (2003 – ), Valletta/Malta, Las Palmas/Spain
- Sister ships: Condor 12 (Incat 038), Stena Lynx III (Incat 040).
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August 24th 1996: Launched.
September 1996: Delivered to Del Bene S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina (Registered in Bahamas with home port Nassau).
October 1996: Sold to Holyman Ltd, Sydney, Australia. Renamed HOLYMAN EXPRESS.
November 1996: Left Australia for Europe.
December 4th 1996 – December 8th 1996: “Tidied up” in Ostend.
February 18th 1997: Registered to Holyman Sally (Luxembourg) S.A., Luxembourg. Renamed HOLYMAN DIAMANT.
© Ken Larwood (both)
March 1st 1997: Commenced service between Ostend – Ramsgate.
© Andreas Wörteler (all)
March 9th 1997: Collided with the SALLY STAR in Ramsgate harbour and damaged her bows.
March 15th 1997: Returned to service after repair.
© Pieter Inpyn
March 1998: Registered to Hoverspeed Holyman Ltd., Luxembourg. Renamed DIAMANT.
March 1998: Commenced service between Ostend – Dover.
© Andreas Wörteler (both)
© Pieter Inpyn
March 20th 2001: Final service between Ostend – Dover.
© Ray Goodfellow
March 30th 2001: Commenced service between Newhaven – Dieppe.
© Nigel Thornton (all)
January 6th 2002: Collided with the conventional ro-ro passenger ferry NORTHERN MERCHANT three miles south-east of Dover in poor visibility. Suffered substantial damage to her prow and starboard side wave-piercer. She was able to proceed under own power. No-one was injured.
March 6th 2003 – March 23rd 2003: Operated between Douglas – Liverpool – Dublin.
March 2004: Entered service in new “Union Jack” livery
© Robert J Smith (left) and © Nigel Thornton (right)
April 2004: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.
© Nigel Thornton (Rapide and Diamant pass each other)
September 1st 2004: Renamed SEACAT DIAMANT. Registered in the Italian ships register, home port Genoa.
© Nigel Thornton
2004: Laid up in Dover for the winter months.
© Ray Goodfellow
January 2005 (end): To A & P Sunderland for major refit and refurbishment.
March 2005: Returned to Dover.
© Nigel Thornton (Prince of Wales Pier, Dover 04/03/2005)
March 17th 2005: New season opened by RAPIDE.
March 24th 2005: First of sailing by SEACAT DIAMANT
November 4th 2005: Hoverspeed announces early closure on Dover-Calais route.
“Cross Channel fast ferry operator Hoverspeed today announced that following consultations with its permanent staff in the UK and Europe, it had reluctantly decided on an early closure to the season.
Hoverspeed, which operates on the Dover-Calais route, said it could no longer sustain the losses on the English Channel. Hoverspeed will retain a certain number of staff who will look after the care and maintenance of its two SeaCats whilst a decision is made on future deployment of the craft. Consequently many jobs will unfortunately be at risk over coming weeks.”
November 7th 2005: SEACAT DIAMANT completed the last sailing.
November 9th 2005: Arrived at Tilbury and laid up.
March 14th 2006: Left Tilbury for Rotterdam for refit at Damen Shipyard, Schiedam
March 25th 2006: Returned to Tilbury.
May 22nd 2006: Left Tilbury bound for Falmouth to bunker before heading to the Irish Sea.
May 23rd 2006: Arrived Falmouth.
May 24th 2006: Arrived Birkenhead for her charter to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to provide additional TT Festival Capacity. She remained on the stage for most of the day before departing the stage and heading across to NSL Birkenhead around 20:23. Most of her sailings are will be on the Heysham – Douglas route.
© Ian Collard (both)
May 24th 2006: Arrived in Douglas.
© Alex McCormac
May 30th 2006 – June 12th 2006: Operated between Douglas – Heysham/ Liverpool.
June 2006: Chartered to Balearia, Spain.
June 16th 2006: Completed her Isle of Man Steam Packet charter and laid up at Birkenhead.
June 20th 2006: Left Mersey for Oporto, Portugal.
Stopped in Falmouth for bunkers on route to Oporto © Charlie Chambers
© Carlos Poveda (both)
July 2006: Services between Palma – Barcelona.
© Carlos Poveda
September 12th 2006: Arrested in Palma.
© Ignacio (Courtesy of Incat) (both)
November 27th 2006: Left Palma for Cagliari, Italy.
December 2006: Registered to Balearia, Las Palmas, Spain and renamed JAUME III.
December 12th 2006: Detained in Cagliari for 7 days owing to Safety Issues.
January 2007: Laid up in Algeciras, Spain.
March 12th 2007: Commenced services between Algeciras – Ceuta.
© Daniel Ferro
June 15th 2007: Services between Algeciras – Tanger.
July 2008 – August 2008: Services between Ibiza – Palma De Mallorca.
May 10th 2016: Last known to be in service Algeciras – Ceuta
© Manuel Hernández Lafuente
March 7th 2019: Sailed from Denia, Spain to Genoa, Italy.
March 9th 2019: Arrived at Genoa to have an extensive refit including being re-engined with four new MTU engines (in line with her sister JAUME II)
June 14th 2019: Anticipated entry into service between Dénia-Ibiza-Palma.
June 29th 2019: Service between Algeciras – Tanger Med.
July 12th 2019: Suffered engine problems and collided with ALCANTARA DOS inside the port of Alcúdia. There were no reported injuries, but the vessel sustained damage to her “wave piercing” bow.
October 12th 2019 – October 20th 2019: Replaced AVEMAR DOS on the Algeciras-Ceuta route.
December 6th 2019: Arrived Ibiza.
December 7th 2019: Replaced CECILIA PAYNE (ex JONATHAN SWIFT), suffering engine problems, on services Ibiza – Palma.
All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions found. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Charlie Chambers, Ian Collard, Ignacio, Pieter Inpyn, International Catamarans Pty Ltd (Incat), Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Ken Larwood, Alex McCormac, Justin Merrigan (Sealink-Holyhead), Carlos Poveda, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.
Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)