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HSC Jaume III (Ex Seacat Diamant (Incat 041)) – Past And Present

IMO number: 9135884


ex Diamant, Seacat Diamant, Holyman Diamant, Holyman Express

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente

© Manuel Hernández Lafuente

Aluminium catamaran built in 1997 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 041) for International Catamarans Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia as a car and passenger ferry

Technical Data

  • Length: 81.15m
  • Breadth: 26.00m
  • Draught: 3.15m
  • Tonnage: 4,305 gross/200 deadweight
  • Engines: Four 20-cyl, Ruston 20RK270 Mk2 Turbo diesels (as built)
  • Power: 22020 kW (as built)
  • Speed: 37.0 knots (service), 44 (max)
  • Capacity: 654 passengers, 155 cars
  • Call Sign: C6OI3, IBQC, ECMI
  • IMO number: 9135884
  • MMSI Number: 224477000
  • Registry:  Luxembourg 🇱🇺, Nassau/Bahamas 🇧🇸, Genoa/Italy 🇮🇹, Valletta/Malta 🇲🇹, Las Palmas/Spain 🇪🇸
  • Sister ships: Condor 12 (Incat 038), Stena Lynx III (Incat 040).

Current AIS Location

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August 24th 1996: Launched.

September 1996: Delivered to Del Bene S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina (Registered in Bahamas with home port Nassau).

October 1996: Sold to Holyman Ltd, Sydney, Australia. Renamed HOLYMAN EXPRESS.

November 1996: Left Australia for Europe.

December 4th 1996 – December 8th 1996: “Tidied up” in Ostend.

February 18th 1997: Registered to Holyman Sally (Luxembourg) S.A., Luxembourg. Renamed HOLYMAN DIAMANT.

© Ken Larwood © Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood (both)

March 1st 1997: Commenced service between Ostend – Ramsgate.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler

© Andreas Wörteler (all)

March 9th 1997: Collided with the SALLY STAR in Ramsgate harbour and damaged her bows.

March 15th 1997: Returned to service after repair.

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn  

© Pieter Inpyn

March 1998: Registered to Hoverspeed Holyman Ltd., Luxembourg. Renamed DIAMANT.

March 1998: Commenced service between Ostend – Dover.

© Andreas Wörteler © Andreas Wörteler  

© Andreas Wörteler (both)

© Pieter Inpyn © Pieter Inpyn 

© Pieter Inpyn

March 20th 2001: Final service between Ostend – Dover.

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow  

© Ray Goodfellow

March 30th 2001: Commenced service between Newhaven – Dieppe before returning to Dover.

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (all)

January 6th 2002: Collided with the conventional ro-ro passenger ferry NORTHERN MERCHANT three miles south-east of Dover in poor visibility. Suffered substantial damage to her prow and starboard side wave-piercer. She was able to proceed under own power. No-one was injured.


Diamant – Marine Accident Investigation Branch report

March 6th 2003 – March 23rd 2003: Operated between Douglas – Liverpool – Dublin.

March 2004: Entered service in new “Union Jack” livery

© Robert J Smith © Nigel Thornton  

© Robert J Smith (Left) and © Nigel Thornton (Right)

April 2004: Commenced service between Dover – Calais.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Rapide and Diamant pass each other)

September 1st 2004: Renamed SEACAT DIAMANT. Registered in the Italian ships register, home port Genoa.

© Nigel Thornton © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

2004: Laid up in Dover for the winter months.

© Ray Goodfellow © Ray Goodfellow

© Ray Goodfellow

January 2005 (end): To A & P Sunderland for major refit and refurbishment.

March 2005: Returned to Dover.

© Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton (Prince of Wales Pier, Dover 04/03/2005)

March 17th 2005: New season opened by RAPIDE.

March 24th 2005: First of sailing by SEACAT DIAMANT

November 4th 2005: Hoverspeed announces early closure on Dover-Calais route.

“Cross Channel fast ferry operator Hoverspeed today announced that following consultations with its permanent staff in the UK and Europe, it had reluctantly decided on an early closure to the season.

Hoverspeed, which operates on the Dover-Calais route, said it could no longer sustain the losses on the English Channel. Hoverspeed will retain a certain number of staff who will look after the care and maintenance of its two SeaCats whilst a decision is made on future deployment of the craft. Consequently many jobs will unfortunately be at risk over coming weeks.”

November 7th 2005: SEACAT DIAMANT completed the last sailing.

November 9th 2005: Arrived at Tilbury and laid up.

March 14th 2006: Left Tilbury for Rotterdam for refit at Damen Shipyard, Schiedam

March 25th 2006: Returned to Tilbury.

May 22nd 2006: Left Tilbury bound for Falmouth to bunker before heading to the Irish Sea.

May 23rd 2006: Arrived Falmouth.

May 24th 2006: Arrived Birkenhead for her charter to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company to provide additional TT Festival Capacity. She remained on the stage for most of the day before departing the stage and heading across to NSL Birkenhead around 20:23. Most of her sailings are will be on the Heysham – Douglas route.

© Ian Collard © Ian Collard  

© Ian Collard (both)

May 24th 2006: Arrived in Douglas.

© Alex McCormac © Alex McCormac

© Alex McCormac

May 30th 2006 – June 12th 2006: Operated between Douglas – Heysham/ Liverpool.

June 2006: Chartered to Balearia, Spain.

June 16th 2006: Completed her Isle of Man Steam Packet charter and laid up at Birkenhead.

June 20th 2006: Left Mersey for Oporto, Portugal.

© Charlie Chambers © Charlie Chambers  

© Charlie Chambers (Stopped in Falmouth for bunkers on route to Oporto)

© Carlos Poveda © Carlos Poveda  

 © Carlos Poveda (both)

© Incat

© Incat

July 2006: Services between Palma – Barcelona.

© Carlos Poveda

© Carlos Poveda

September 12th 2006: Arrested in Palma.

© Ignacio © Ignacio

© Ignacio (Courtesy of Incat) (both)

November 27th 2006: Left Palma for Cagliari, Italy.

December 2006: Registered to Balearia, Las Palmas, Spain and renamed JAUME III.

December 12th 2006: Detained in Cagliari for 7 days owing to Safety Issues.

January 2007: Laid up in Algeciras, Spain.

March 12th 2007: Commenced services between Algeciras – Ceuta.

© Daniel Ferro

© Daniel Ferro

June 15th 2007: Services between Algeciras – Tanger.

July 2008 – August 2008: Services between Ibiza – Palma De Mallorca.

May 10th 2016: Known to be in service Algeciras – Ceuta


© Manuel Hernández Lafuente

March 7th 2019: Sailed from Denia, Spain to Genoa, Italy.

March 9th 2019:  Arrived at Genoa to have an extensive refit including being re-engined with four new MTU engines (in line with her sister JAUME II)

June 14th 2019: Anticipated entry into service between Dénia-Ibiza-Palma.

June 29th 2019: Service between Algeciras – Tanger Med.

July 12th 2019: Suffered engine problems and collided with ALCANTARA DOS inside the port of Alcúdia. There were no reported injuries, but the vessel sustained damage to her “wave piercing” bow.

August 15th 2019: ” Suffered mechanical failure when it arrived at the port of Son Blanc from Alcúdia. The ferry collided with the French-flagged, 13-m-sailing yacht “Koala” which was anchored outside the port, in the vicinity of the Cala Degollador. The two crew members were aboard another sailboat next to their own and escaped unscathed. Their yacht suffered considerable water ingress at starboard side, where the pipes of the toilet were situated. There was a crack next to one of its propellers due to the impact. The water ingress could be brought under control using the bilge pump, and the ship was escorted to the Llompart boat house, escorted by a boat from Ports de Balears, to be repaired. Also a catamaran was hit by the ferry but suffered no significant damage. The accident of the “Jaume III” occurred when she was about to approach the Son Blanc dike during a manoeuvre for the docking in the west port when the ship’s port engine did not respond.”.

October 12th 2019: ” Detained by the port captain of Algeciras for water contamination, after an engine broke down, forcing it to return to Algeciras at 7 p.m. The ship suffered the breakdown when it was arriving at the port of Ceuta, opting to make the trip to Algeciras to repair the port side engine. The Maritime Captaincy has ordered an inspection of the ship as a result of the incident. The shipping company has received a series of instructions to resolve the technical problems suffered by the ship. The Port Authority of Algeciras and that of Ceuta initiated a separate data collection on the ash spill produced both in the port of Ceuta and Algeciras to determine if an administrative file will be opened against the shipping company for the discharge of the ship.”.

October 12th 2019 – October 20th 2019: Replaced AVEMAR DOS on the Algeciras-Ceuta route.

October 21st 2019: Completed service and remained in Algeciras.

December 6th 2019: Arrived Ibiza.

December 7th 2019: Replaced CECILIA PAYNE (ex JONATHAN SWIFT), suffering engine problems, on services Ibiza – Palma.

March 2021: Dry-docked in Gibraltar.

April 2021: Service between Algeciras – Tanger Med.

March 22nd 2022: To Vilanova Port (South of Barcelona, Spain) for maintenance and ramp modifications

April 2022: Services Alcudia – Ciutadella de Menorca

May 16th 2022: Sailings between Dénia – La Savina – Ibiza,

May 3rd 2023: Services  Alcúdia – Ciutadella. 

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: Charlie Chambers, Ian Collard, Ignacio, Pieter Inpyn, International Catamarans Pty Ltd (Incat), Manuel Hernández Lafuente, Ken Larwood, Alex McCormac, Justin Merrigan (Sealink-Holyhead), Carlos Poveda, Robert J Smith and Andreas Wörteler for their assistance in compiling this feature.

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


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