HSC Hellenic Highspeed
ex Hellenic Wind,Viking, Superseacat Two
© 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
- 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
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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 (Left) Approaching Calais on the 04/07/1997 and (Right) in the Granville Dock, Dover for repairs 29/07/1997.
© Ken Larwood (all)
March 12th 1998: Service between Liverpool – Dublin.
© Mike Jackson (Dublin 15/08/1998)
April 10th 1999: Service between Newhaven – Dieppe.
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
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 (left) and © Peter Wearing (right)
January 2008: Renamed VIKING.
© 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 (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 (January 2015 @ Perama)
2016: Renamed HELLENIC HIGHSPEED. Scheduled route: Rafina – Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Ios-Santorini.
2016: Converted in Perama.
© Dimitris Mentakis (21/02/2016)
April 2016 – September 28th 2018: Services Rafina – Cyclades for Cosmote
© Dimitris Mentakis (20/04/2016)
April 2019 – September 2019: Chartered to Fast Ferries for services Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos.
© Carsten Dettmer (July/August 2019)
September 2019: Charter completed and laid up in Piraeus.
© Bernd Crause (Piraeus, 27/09/2019)
January 31st 2020 – February 6th 2020: Replaced ARTEMIS on services between Piraeus – Syros
© Dimitris Mentakis
March 2020: New livery added in Piraeus.
“New” © Dimitris Mentakis
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,Carsten Dettmer, Mike Jackson, Ken Larwood, Aleksi Lindström, Dimitris Mentakis, Robert J Smith and Peter Wearing for their assistance in compiling this feature.