HSC Superseacat One, Past and Present

HSC Almudaina Dos

ex Superseacat One

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

Aluminium MDV 1200 mono-hull high speed craft built in 1997 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italian S.p.A., Riva Trigoso , Italy (Yard No. 5999 for Hoverspeed Ltd, (Seacontainers Ltd) Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 100m
  • Breadth: 17.10m
  • Draught: 2.70m
  • Tonnage: 4,500 gross/340 deadweight
  • Engines: Four Ruston 20 RK270 diesels.
  • Power: 27,500kW.
  • Speed: 37.8 knots
  • Capacity: 782 passengers, 175 cars
  • Call Sign: ICVZ, EAEY
  • IMO Number: 9141833
  • Registry: La Spezia, Santa Cruz de Tenerife,Valetta
  • Sister Ships: Superseacat Two. Superseacat Three. Superseacat Four.

History

February 1997: Launched.

May 1997: Delivered to Hoverspeed Ltd, La Spezia, Italy.

June 2nd 1997: During delivery voyage to Gothenburg called at Dover.

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)

June 18th 1997: Introduced between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn.

September 21st 1999: Two trips a week between Gothenburg – Frederikshavn – Langesund – Gothenburg.

December 23rd 1999: Last day in service subsequently laid up America Quay, Gothenburg.

March 2000: Refit at City Yard, Gothenburg.

April 2000 – October 2000: Service between Newhaven – Dieppe.

© Andreas Wörteler  © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (both)

March 3rd 2001: Arrived at Ostend.

March 16th 2001: Operated between Dover – Ostend and some trips between Dover – Calais.

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (all)(Dover 01/08/2001)

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (both) (Dover 10/09/2001)

March 22nd 2002: Service between Newhaven – Dieppe.

January 10th 2003: Laid up in Birkenhead.

April 2003: Service between Liverpool – Isle of Man – Dublin.

May 2003 – September 2003: Service between Newhaven – Dieppe.

September 2003: Laid up in Ostend.

© Dieter Potts

© Dieter Potts

March 22nd 2004: Left Ostend for Newhaven.

May 2004: Service between Newhaven – Dieppe.

October 5th 2004: Left Newhaven for refit and winter lay-up at the Pallion Yard in Sunderland.

June 27th 2005 – August 21st 2005: Operated for Silja Line between Helsinki – Tallinn.

August 2005: Laid up in Tallinn.

April 2006: Sold to Acciona Trasmediterranea, Spain and renamed ALMUDAINA DOS .

© Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro (Gibraltar 25/04/2006)

June 16th 2006: Commenced seasonal service between Barcelona – Ibiza / Mahon.

© Mike Barker  © Daniel Ferro

© Mike Barker (left) © Daniel Ferro (right)

January 2014: Last known to be in port at San Carlos, Spain.


We would like to thank: Mike Barker, Daniel Ferro, Mike Jackson, Dieter Potts and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature. All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for errors and omissions.

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

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