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HSC Condor Express (Incat 042) – Past and Present

IMO Number: 9135896

HSC Champion Jet 2

ex Condor Express, Incat 042

© Andreas Wörteler

Condor Express – ©  Andreas Wörteler

Aluminium catamaran built in 1996 by Incat  (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 042) for Shipping Company 9/12 1994 LP Pte, Singapore as a car and passenger ferry.

Technical Data

  • Length: 86.62m (overall), 71.78m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 26.00m
  • Draught: 3.628m
  • Tonnage: 5,005 gross/2,002 net/340 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 20-cyl, Ruston 20RK270 diesels.
  • Power: 28,320 kW.
  • Speed: 40,5 knots
  • Capacity: 776 passengers, 200 cars
  • Call Sign: C6SK5, 5BGN4
  • IMO Number: 9135896
  • MMSI Number: 209074000
  • Registry: Singapore, Bahamas, Cyprus
  • Sister ships: Incat 043, Incat 044, Incat 045

Location Data

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November 24th 1996: Launched.

December 1996: Delivered to Shipping Company 9/12 1994 LP Pte, Singapore.

December 17th 1996: Christened and departed yard for Poole.

January 15th 1997: Arrived in Poole.

January 31st 1997: Condor Ferries introduced the Condor Express between Weymouth – Jersey – Guernsey.

March 1st 1997: Services between Poole – Jersey – Guernsey.

2002: Registered Owner: Condor Express Ltd.

©  Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler  

Condor Express – ©  Andreas Wörteler

2005: Registered Owner; Condor Ltd. Registered Manager; Condor Marine Service Ltd.

September 12th 2005: Services for Condor Ferries between Weymouth – Jersey – Guernsey – Poole.

poole027  poole072

Condor Express – © Ray Goodfellow (Off service with engine problems, Poole, 11/05/13)

© John Wilson © John Wilson  

Condor Express – © John Wilson

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow  © Ray Goodfellow

Condor Express – © Ray Goodfellow (St Helier, Jersey, October 2014)

January 14th 2015: Arrived in Falmouth and entered dry dock No 2.

© Barrie Clark © Barrie Clark  

Condor Express – © Barrie Clark

January 14th 2015: Announced that she would be sold to Greek firm Seajets for an undisclosed sum with her sister-ship HSC CONDOR VITESSE. She will be delivered to her new owner, after the successful introduction of new HSC CONDOR LIBERATION. She will be renamed HSC CHAMPION JET 2.

January 30th 2015: Returned to Weymouth following refit in Falmouth. During her refit all Condor branding was removed in readiness for her sale to Seajets.

© Barrie Clark

Condor Express – © Barrie Clark

March 23rd 2015: Due to operate the final ever Condor Ferries crossing from Weymouth to the Channel Islands. In future all Condor Ferries high speed services from the UK will be based at Poole.

March (end) 2015: Expected departure for Piraeus. The vessels will replace two of its existing Seajet fleet, the HIGH SPEED JET and MASTER JET, on the route from Piraeus to various islands, with Santorini as the final port of call.

© Dan Hall © Dan Hall  

Condor Express – © Dan Hall  (Arriving in Weymouth on the 21/03/15)

March 23rd 2015: Closed the historic route between Weymouth and the Channel Islands.

April 3rd 2015: Pressed back into service between Poole and the Channel Islands covering for the damaged Condor Liberation.

© Dan Hall

Condor Express – © Dan Hall (Departing Poole covering for the Condor Liberation 04/04/15April 5th)

2015: Arrived back in Weymouth.

May 16th 2015: Renamed Champion Jet 2.

May 18th 2015: Departed Weymouth for Chalkis, Greece.

May 24th 2015: Arrived in Chalkis, Greece and entered dry dock.

June 1st 2015: Departed drydock to be prepared for service with Seajets.



Champion Jet 2 – © Dimitris Mentakis

July 5th 2019: While operating its scheduled service from Iraklion to Thira, Naxos, Mykonos, Paros, Ios, and Thira suffered damage to her starboard side external engine. Able to continue at reduced speed to Thira, where she safely disembarked the 606 passengers on board. The port authority detained the vessel in port until the engine was repaired and a class survey certificate was issued. “

September 26th 2019:  Operating a scheduled itinerary from the port of Thira to the port of Heraklion, suffered damage to the starboard side main engine. The ship with its three remaining engines continued to Heraklion, where it safely disembarked the 625 passengers, 14 vehicles and five bicycles. Damage was repaired and a certificate of seaworthiness was provided by the monitoring classification society.

September 27th 2019: Resumed service to Thira.

November 18th 2020: At Syros whilst operating between Piraeus – Syros – Mykonos – Naxos – Thira, suffered a malfunction to her port side stern ramp. Fault found to be caused by a broken ramp cable. After repairs, allowed to depart

Champion Jet 2 – 🆕 © Bernd Crause (04/09/2021)

September 2021: Still in service Piraeus – Cyclades Islands (Syros, Sifnos, Mykonos, Naxos, Thira)

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: Barrie Clark, Bernd Crause, Dimitris Mentakis, Dan Hall, John Wilson and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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