HSC Superseacat Three, Past and Present

24/04/2016: Page updated - NT

HSC Speedrunner III

ex Superseacat Three

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Aluminium MDV 1200 mono-hull high speed craft built in 1999 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italian S.p.A., Riva Trigoso , Italy (Yard No. 6003) 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: VQJD2, 9HA2162
  • IMO Number: 9141871
  • Registry: La Spezia/Italy, Piraeus/Greece
  • Sister ShipsSuperseacat One. Superseacat Two. Superseacat Four.

History

March 1999: Delivered to Sea Containers, La Spezia, Italy.

April 8th 1999: Commenced service between Liverpool – Dublin.

© John Hendy

© John Hendy

2000: Commenced service between Liverpool – Douglas.

March 12th 2001: Arrived in Ostend.

March 25th 2001: Commenced service between Calais – Dover.

© Mike Jackson  © Ken Smith

© Mike Jackson (left) © Ken Smith (right)

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (both)

March 28th 2002: Service between Liverpool – Dublin.

February 2003: Suffered engine problems and was repaired at Birkenhead.

May 1st 2003: Left A&P Yard Birkenhead, England for Finland.

May 20th 2003: Operations for Silja Line between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

November 2nd 2003: Seasonal services completed , but covered for SUPERSEACAT FOUR.

April 4th 2004: Arrived in Helsingfors.

April 8th 2004: Commenced service between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

January 1st 2005: Laid up in Tallinn.

May 2006: Registered to SuperSeaCat Italia, Srl, Italy. Services between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

July th 2006: Introduced by Superseacat between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

October 12th 2007: In bad weather collided with TALLINK AUTOEXPRESS II in Tallinn.

January 14th 2008: Sold to Aegean Speed Lines, Piraeus, Greece. Dock however continued services between Helsingfors – Tallinn.

2008: Registered Owner; Atlamo Holdings Ltd.

October 14th 2008: Completed services for Superseacat.

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (both)

October 17th 2008: Arrived Remontowa, Poland.

May 2009: Renamed SPEEDRUNNER III. Registered Owner; Torania Shipping Co Ltd.

June 25th 2009: Left Poland for Greece.

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (both)

June 30th 2009: Arrived in Piraeus.

July 2009: Commenced seasonal services between Piraeus – Syros – Tinos – Mykonos.

© John Wilson

© John Wilson (03/10/2010).

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström  © Aleksi Lindström

© Aleksi Lindström (all)

January 2014: Usually operates service between April and September each year. Last known to be laid up in Piraeus.

© Wil Weijsters

 © Wil Weijsters

© Dimitris Mentakis  © Dimitris Mentakis

 © Dimitris Mentakis

2015: New livery

© Dimitris Mentakis

 © Dimitris Mentakis

2016: New livery

© Dimitris Mentakis

 © Dimitris Mentakis


We would like to thank:  John Hendy, Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Dimitris Mentakis, Ken Smith, John Wilson and Wil Weijsters 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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