© Nigel ThorntonHSC Seacat Diamant (Incat 041) – Past And Present

HSC Jaume III

ex Diamant, Seacat Diamant, Holyman Diamant, Holyman Express

© Nigel Thornton

© 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

Technical Data

  • 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).


Current Location

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History

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  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

March 1st 1997: Commenced service between Ostend – Ramsgate.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler

© 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.

March 1998: Registered to Hoverspeed Holyman Ltd., Luxembourg. Renamed DIAMANT.

March 1998: Commenced service between Ostend – Dover.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (both)

March 20th 2001: Final service between Ostend – Dover.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

March 30th 2001: Commenced service between Newhaven – Dieppe.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© 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  © Nigel Thornton

© Robert J Smith (left) and © Nigel Thornton (right)

April 2004: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.

© Nigel Thornton

© 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

© Nigel Thornton

2004: Laid up in Dover for the winter months.

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

January 2005 (end): To A & P Sunderland for major refit and refurbishment.

March 2005: Returned to Dover.

© Nigel Thornton

© 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  © Ian Collard

© Ian Collard (both)

May 24th 2006: Arrived in Douglas.

© Alex McCormac  © Alex McCormac

© 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.

© Charlie Chambers  © Charlie Chambers

Stopped in Falmouth for bunkers on route to Oporto © Charlie Chambers

© Carlos Poveda  © Carlos Poveda

© Carlos Poveda (both)

© Incat

© Incat

July 2006: Services between Palma – Barcelona.

© Carlos Poveda

© Carlos Poveda

September 12th 2006: Arrested in Palma.

© Ignacio  © Ignacio

© 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

© 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 moored in Gibraltar.

  

 © Manuel Hernández Lafuente


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, 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)

 


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