HSC Sea Speed Jet
ex Seacat France, Croazia Jet, Atlantic II, Seacat Calais, Seacat Tasmania, Emeraude France, Superfast Cat
Nigel Thornton Collection
Aluminium 74 Metre Wave Piercing Catamaran built in 1990 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 023) for Hoverspeed Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry
- Length: 77.76m
- Breadth: 26.00m
- Draught: 3.90m
- Tonnage: 3,003 gross/200 deadweight
- Engines: Four 16-cyl, Ruston 16RK270 diesels.
- Power: 14,600 kW
- Speed: 36 knots
- Capacity: 450 passengers, 88 cars
- Call Sign: VNSC (1990 – 1993) , 8POW (current 2008)
- IMO Number: 8903703
- Registry: Bridgetown/Barbados, Avatiu – Cook Islands (May 2014)
- Sister ships: Patricia Olivia, Hoverspeed Great Britain, Hoverspeed France, Hoverspeed Belgium, Seacat Scotland, Stena Sea Lynx, Condor 10, Juan L.
October 7th 1990: Launched
Justin Merrigan Collection
December 1990: Delivered to Hoverspeed Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas.
December 22nd 1990: Chartered to Tasmania Ferry Service, Tasmania, Australia (Subsidiary of Sea Containers). Commenced service between George Town – Port Welshpool.
© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)
June 1992 – September 1992: Chartered to Hoverspeed, England. Commenced service between Dover – Calais or Folkestone – Boulogne.
© Andreas Wörteler (Boulogne, 11/07/1992)
© Peter Longhurst (Dover, August 1992)(left) and © Robert J Smith (Boulogne, 12/09/1992) (right)
September 25th 1992: Left for Australia.
November 1992: Commenced service between George Town – Port Welshpool.
June 21st 1993: Commenced service between Dover – Calais and Folkestone – Boulogne.
Nicolas Levy Collection
July 1st 1993: Commenced service on the new Dover Western Docks – Calais service.
July 22nd 1993: Renamed SEACAT CALAIS.
December 13th 1993 – September 19th 1993: Used solely on Folkestone – Boulogne.
November 25th 1993: Left for South America.
December 15th 1993: Arrived Buenos Aires. Chartered for 5 years with an option of purchase to Navegacion Atlantida, Uruguay. Renamed ATLANTIC II.
December 17th 1993: Commenced service for Ferry Lineas Argentina A/S operated between Montevideo – Buenos Aires.
December 1998: Charter completed and left for Falmouth and, on arrival, laid up.
April 30th 1999: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.
© Andreas Wörteler (Calais, June 1999)
© Robert J Smith (Dover, 31/08/1999)
1999 (Autumn): Laid up in Dover.
May 19th 2000: Left Dover for Ancona.
May 2002: Renamed CROAZIA JET. Transferred to Saint Vincent flag, home port Georgetown.
June 1st 2000 – October 2000: Commenced service with SNAV between Ancona – Split, thereafter laid up.
June 14th 2001 – October 4th 2001: Operated between Ancona – Split, then laid up.
🆕© Frank Heine (Ancona, 22/07/2001)
May 2002: Renamed SEACAT FRANCE.
© Andreas Wörteler (Calais, 03/10/2002)(both)
May 14th 2002: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.
2003: Laid up with A&P Birkenhead, England.
April 2004: Arrived Cherbourg for full overhaul and refit.
July 17th 2004: Arrived in Dover to take up service to Calais
© Nigel Thornton
🆕© Pieter Inpyn (Calais, 01/08/2004)
July 24th 2004: Re-entered service with Hoverspeed taking the 13.00 sailing ex Dover. Like the SEACAT SCOTLAND, she retained a white hull with both Seacat and Hoverspeed branding.
February 2005: Chartered to Emeraude Ferries, France. Renamed EMERAUDE FRANCE.
February 1st 2005: Arrived at Dover for fitting out.
February 11th 2005: Left Dover for Newhaven.
© Ian Collard
February 14th 2005: Shown (Aislive) as being in St Malo.
© Nicolas Lévy
April 2005: Charter completed.
April 5th 2005: Having left St Malo, arrived in Dover and berthed at Cruise Terminal 1.
© Nigel Thornton (all)
April 9th 2005: After spending some time at the Prince of Wales pier berth (am) she departed for Sunderland.
December 14th 2005: She arrived Tilbury 18.43 and was moored alongside the SEACAT DIAMANT. Presumably Tilbury was a more convenient location to show her to potential buyers/charterers than Sunderland.
February 11th 2007: Sold for $2 million to Maritime Charter Sales of Douglas, Isle of Man.
March 2007: Chartered to Isle Of Man Steam Packet
March 28th 2007: She left Tilbury at 08.25. Her AIS showed destination Douglas, ETA 09.00 29/3
March 29th 2007: Arrived in Douglas, Isle Of Man.
September 2007: Charter completed.
September 6th 2007: Arrived at Tilbury and laid up.
September 2012: Still at Tilbury.
July 2013: Still in Tilbury docks.
© John Tweddell (Tilbury, July 2013)
May 14th 2014: Left Tilbury under tow of the tug HUNTER, destination Piraeus.
© Ken Smith (Tilbury, 14/052014)
February 2016: Reported to be in the ownership of Seajets, Greece as the Sea Speed Jet. Her last reported location is the Chalkis shipyard at Alvis in Greece.
August 2016: Remains in Chalkis.
© Dimitris Mentakis (24/08/2016)
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: Ian Collard, Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic), Frank Heine, Nicolas Lévy, Justin Merrigan, Peter Longhurst, Dimitris Mentakis, Ken Smith, Robert J Smith, John Tweddell and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.