HSC Superseacat Two – Past and Present

HSC Hellenic Highspeed

ex Hellenic Wind,Viking, Superseacat Two

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Aluminium MDV 1200 mono-hull high speed craft built in 1997 by Fincantieri-Cant. Nav. Italian S.p.A., Riva Trigoso , Italy (Yard No. 6000) for Hoverspeed Ltd, (Sea Containers 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 20RK270 diesels
  • Power: 27,500kW.
  • Speed: 37.8 knots
  • Capacity: 800 passengers, 175 cars
  • Call Sign: VQJD2, 9HA2162, SVAI2
  • IMO Number: 9141845
  • MMSI Number: 241420000
  • Registry: La Spezia, Liverpool/UK, Valletta/Malta, Piraeus/Greece
  • Sister Ships: Superseacat One,  Superseacat Three, Superseacat Four

Current Location

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History

June 1997: Delivered to Sea Containers of London, La Spezia, Italy.

June 14th 1997: Arrived at Dover.

June 17th 1997: Exhibited in London.

June 26th 1997 – March 31st 1998: Dover – Calais.

© Mike Jackson  © Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (Left) Approaching Calais on the 04/07/1997 and (Right) in the Granville Dock, Dover for repairs 29/07/1997.

© Ken Larwood   © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood  © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (all)

March 12th 1998: Service between Liverpool – Dublin.

© Mike Jackson

© Mike Jackson (Dublin 15/08/1998)

April 10th 1999: Service between Newhaven – Dieppe.

© "Ferryman"

© “Ferryman”

April 18th 2000 – October 13th 2000: Service between Belfast – Heysham.

March 14th 2001: Arrived in Ostend.

March 21st 2001: Service between Ostend – Dover – Calais.

2002: Laid up in Portsmouth.

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

2003: Service between Newhaven – Dieppe .

March 2003: Registered to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co., Home port of Liverpool.

March 16th 2003: Arrived in Liverpool.

March 23rd 2003: Operated between Douglas – Liverpool/Dublin.

March 20th 2006: Operated between Douglas – Heysham.

April 7th 2006: Operated between Douglas – Liverpool.

September 11th 2006: Laid up in Birkenhead with gearbox damage . The gearbox was repaired in Germany.

March 16th 2007: Re-introduced into service.

© Aubrey Dale  © Peter Wearing

© Aubrey Dale (left) and © Peter Wearing (right)

January 2008: Renamed VIKING.

© Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith

August 2nd 2008: In strong winds hit the berth in Liverpool and damaged her hull.

July 2009: Chartered to Atlantico Line.

July 2009: On the way to the Azores, encountered heavy seas and was holed in the bow, went to Falmouth for repair.

August 2009: Introduced in services between the islands of the Azores.

August 23rd 2008: Fire on board the ship in the ventilation system , which the crew were quickly able to extinguish.

September 2009: Sold to Hellenic Seaways , Piraeus, Greece.

October 2009: Registered to Helcat Lines SA , Valletta, Malta (Management Hellenic Seaways). Renamed HELLENIC WIND.

October 18th 2009: Arrived in Piraeus.

May 12th 2010: Chartered to Atlanticolines and left Piraeus for Lisbon.

May 22nd 2010: Arrived at Ponta Delgada.

June 7th 2010 – September 29th 2010: Operated services between the islands of the Azores.

  

© Aleksi Lindström

October 6th 2010: Laid up in Souda.

March 25th 2011: Arrived in Piraeus.

May 11th 2011 – May 15th 2011: Sailed from Piraeus to Lisbon.

May 21st 2011 – May 22nd 2011: Sailed from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada.

June 9th 2011 – September 11th 2011: Chartered to Atlanticolines sailing between the islands of the Azores.

September 15th 2011 – September 21st 2011: Sailed from Ponta Delgada to Piraeus.

© Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis (April 2012 @ Perama)

May 11th 2012 – May 16th 2012: Sailed from Piraeus to Lisbon.

May 25th 2012 – May 26th 2012: Sailed from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada.

June 7th 2012 – September 9th 2012: Chartered to Atlanticolines for services between the islands of the Azores.

September 2012: Arrived at Perama, Greece.

© Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis (January 2015 @ Perama)

2016: Renamed HELLENIC HIGHSPEED. Scheduled route: Rafina – Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Ios-Santorini.

2016: Converted in Perama.

© Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis (21/02/2016)

© Dimitris Mentakis   © Dimitris Mentakis

© Dimitris Mentakis (20/04/2016)


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: Aubrey Dale, “Ferryman”, Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Robert J Smith, Dimitris Mentakis and Peter Wearing for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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


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