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  • Ferry InformationSNAEFELL captured arriving in Belfast on July 4th 2008. Copyright © Alan Geddes.

    Master Jet (ex Seacat Isle of Man / Snaefell)

    Master Jet Fast Facts Current Name: Master JetPrevious Names: MASTER JET, SEA EXPRESS 1, COLOR SEACAT NORGE, SEACAT BOULOGNE, SARDEGNA EXPRESS, HOVERSPEED FRANCE.Shipyard: InCat Tasmania Pty Ltd., Hobart [AU] #26, IMO Number: 8900012Current Operator: AtlânticolineCurrent Route: Length Overall: Beam: Passenger Capacity: 450Vehicle Capacity: 84 carsTonnage: Sister-ships: N/A The 2nd of Hoverspeed’s 5 74m “Seacat” car carrying catamarans was built by International Catamarans (InCat) in Australia and launched as Hoverspeed France on April 28th 1990.  Despite being hull number 26, she was launched some months before hull 23 (Seacat Tasmania), but 3 months after hull 25 (Hoverspeed Great Britain).   All 5 of these “SeaCat” vessels where built to the same “Mark 1” design and specification, with a further 4 built afterwards for other operators to…

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  • In Waters NewHoverspeed Great Britain pictured crossing the Dover Strait.

    HIGH SPEED JET (ex Hoverspeed Great Britain, InCat 025)

    Hoverspeed Great Britain was the first of Hoverspeeds 74m long car-carrying catamarans, dubbed "SeaCat"'s. Find out more here.

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    Site news and updates for end of June 2015

    News Im delighted to be able to announce that Alan Geddes has agreed that his photographs may be used on NIFerrySite.  Alan’s photographs are mainly taken within the Belfast harbour area, and often from an elevated position, giving them a perspective not often seen elsewhere.  Alan’s photographs will continue to be added to many of the profiles (and also the former ferries photo feature) in the coming weeks – a number have already been added.  In the meantime, why not check out Alan’s Flickr page.  Don’t forget you can also find links to the flickr accounts (where applicable) of the other photographers featured on this site on the links page. New ferries added The following vessel profiles which where added recently, have had…

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  • In Waters NewHoverspeeds 4th Seacat vessel, Seacat Danmark, pictured in Dover

    Seacat Danmark | Former SeaCat Ferry

    Seacat Danmark (also known as Golden Blaze,  Zara Jet, Pescara Jet, SeaCatamaran Danmark, Hoverspeed Boulogne, Hoverspeed Belgium) The 4th and final but one of Hoverspeed’s 74m “Seacat” car carrying catamarans built by International Catamarans (InCat) in Australia, was launched as SEACAT BELGIUM on February 15th 1991.  All 5 of these vessels where built to the same “Mark 1” design and specification, with a further 4 built afterwards for other operators to modified specifications. SEACAT BELGIUM commenced service on the 18th of March 1992 between Dover and Calais/Boulogne having been renamed HOVERSPEED BOULOGNE.  On April 11th 1992 she moved to inaugurate the new Folkestone to Boulogne route, where she stayed until she moved to the North Channel in April 1993 to operate between Belfast…

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  • In Waters NewSEACAT SCOTLAND

    Naxos Jet (ex Seacat Scotland) | Seajets

    SEACAT SCOTLAND was 5th and final of Hoverspeed's 74m "Seacat" car carrying catamarans built by International Catamarans (InCat) in Australia. She was launched on the 29th October 1991 and inaugurated the new Belfast - Stranraer service on 1st of June 1992.

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