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HSC Cecilia Payne (Ex Jonathan Swift) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9188881

HSC Cecilia Payne

Ex Jonathan Swift.

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Denia, 19/08/2019)

Aluminium waterjet vessel built in 1999 by Austal Ships Pty. Ltd. (Yard No 94) as a High Speed, Light Craft – Passenger Carriage catamaran.

Technical Data

  • Length: 86.60 m (overall) 85.2 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 24 m
  • Depth: 7.9 m
  • Draught: 3.30 m
  • Tonnage: 5989 gross/1796 net/395 – 455t deadweight
  • Engines: 4 x Caterpillar 3618 FMT diesels
  • Power: 28800kW/36710bHP
  • Speed: 39.0 knots
  • Capacity: 720 passengers/200 cars
  • Call Sign: C4HR2
  • MMSI Number: 209122000
  • IMO Number: 9188881
  • RI Number: 97690
  • Port of Registry: Australia 🇦🇺, Limassol/Cyprus 🇨🇾
  • Sister Ship: Carmen Ernestina (95), Lilia Concepcion (140), Spirit of Ontario I (251), Turgot Ozal (71), Villum Clausen (96), Adnan Menderes (63)

Current AIS Location

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July 6th 1998: Keel laid.

February 13th 1999: Launched

March 15th 1999: Delivered to Irish Ferries Ltd, Dublin, Ireland.

June 15th 1999: Planned introduction to services Dublin – Holyhead cancelled owing to industrial action.

July 3rd 1999: Introduced into service.

February 24th 2004: Taken out of service owing to industrial action.

February 28th 2004: Resumed service.

November 24th 2005: In Dublin off service, owing to industrial action.

December 14th 2005: Resumed service.

February 27th 2006: Transferred to Cypriot flag, homeport Limassol.

© Leo Johannes

© Leo Johannes (Dublin, 12/07/2009)

© Robert Foy © Robert Foy

© Robert Foy (Liverpool, 15/02/2012)

© Mike Griffiths © Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths (Holyhead, 08/04/2013)

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths (Holyhead, 05/08/2015)

January 30th 2018: Sold to Balearia Eurolineas Maritimas SA, Spain for delivery in April.

April 27th 2018: Last day in service and handed over over to her new owners. Renamed  CECILIA PAYNE .

© Robbie Cox © Robbie Cox © Robbie Cox

© Robbie Cox (Dublin, 27/04/2018)

April 28th 2018: Left Dublin for La Coruna.

May 1st 2018: Arrived Cadiz for refurbishment for her new owners

June 8th 2018: Services Denia – Ibiza – Palma.

August 13th 2018: Palma de Mallorca three passengers had to be treated medically for a heat stroke owing to faulty air conditioning on board.  The faulty air-conditioning system was repaired over night so that the ship left the port on Aug 14th .

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente © Manuel Hernández Lafuente

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente (Denia, 04/07/2018)

October 28th 2018: Maintenance at Gibdock in Gibraltar.

October 29th 2018: Left Gibraltar for Algecerias and trials.

October 29th 2018: Left Algeciras for Denia and resumed Denia – Ibiza – Palma.

November 15th 2018: Off service.

December 12th 2018: Maintenance in Cadiz.

February 7th 2019: Maintenance in Gibraltar.

© Bernd Crause

© Bernd Crause (Gibraltar, 08/02/2019)

February 15th 2019: Returned to Cadiz.

February 20th 2019: Services Barcelona – Alcudia – Ciutadella.

March 16th 2019: Sailings cancelled on the Ibiza – Palma owing to a technical problem with doors.

March 17th 2020: Laid up in Denia.

June 13th 2021: Services Barcelona – Alcudia – Ciutadella.

© Nicolas Lévy © Nicolas Lévy

🆕 © Nicolas Lévy (Alcudia,  17/04/2022)

October 4th 2022: Sailed to Gibraltar for maintenance.

October 7th 2022: Services Algeciras – Ceuta.

January 17th 2023 – February 1st 2023: Services Denia – Ibiza – Palma.,

April 11th 2023: Sailed to Marseille for refit.

May 2023: Services Barcelona – Alcudia – Ciutadella.

© Danial Ferro 

© Danial Ferro  (Gribraltar, 26/05/2023)


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Robbie Cox, Bernd Crause, Daniel Ferro, Robert Foy, Mike Griffiths, Leo Johannes, Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Nicolas Lévy and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


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