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Aegean Speed Lines

Aegean Speed Lines is a Greek ferry company operating fast ferries between Pireaus and the Cyclades.


History

Aegean Speed Lines were formed in 2005 as a joint venture between Sea Containers and the Eugenides Group. Aegean Speed Lines were the first ferry company in Greece to use a European Union flag vessel on a domestic route following deregulation of ferry services in Greece.[1] Sea Containers sold is share in 2006 leaving the Eugenides Group as the major shareholder.

Fleet

Aegean Speed Lines began operations using a single high speed catamaran Speedrunner I. Following two successful seasons a Fincantieri built monohull Speedrunner II joined the fleet in 2007. On 2008, the company sold Speedrunner 1. In 2009 two more monohulls Speedrunner III and Speedruuner IV joined the fleet.

  • Speedrunner I (2005-2008)
  • Speedrunner II (2007-present)
  • Speedrunner III (2009-present)
  • Speedrunner IV (2009-present)

Current routes

  • Piraeus–Serifos–Sifnos–Milos (Speedrunner 4)
  • Heraklion- Santorini (Speedrunner 2)

Awards

In 2009 Aegean Speed Lines was awarded by "Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards" as "The Best Passenger Line of the Year 2009".[2]


greek flag HSC Speedrunner III

    Career

  • Name: HSC Speedrunner III
  • Owner: Reefer & General Shipmanagement Athens, Greece[1]
  • Operator: Aegean Speed Lines, Piraeus Athens, Greece
  • Previous Operators: 1999–2003: Sea Containers
  • Port of registry: Greece
  • Former Names: 1999–2009: HSC Superseacat Three
  • Laid down: 1999 Fincantieri Riva Trigoso Sestri Levante, Italy
  • Status: In Service Hellenic Shipping Register
  • General characteristics[2]

  • Type: Ro-ro/passenger Ship
  • Call Sign: SVAF3
  • IMO Number: 9141871
  • MMSI: 240932000
  • GRT: 4,465 tons
  • DWT: 340 TDW
  • Dimensions: 99,52 x 17,01 x 4,25 m
  • Engines: 4 × Ruston V20RK 270 Propulsion: 4 × KaMeWa 112F11 waterjets combined 27500 kW
  • Length: 100.30 meters
  • Beam: 17.10 meters
  • Height: 10.70 meters
  • Draught: 2.60 meters
  • Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h) service speed 40 knots (74 km/h) maximum speed
  • Capacity: 688 passengers 120 cars 4 busses
  • Crew: ?
  • Web: http://www.aegeanspeedlines.gr/

History

HSC Speedrunner III is a fast ferry operated by Aegean Speed Lines between Pireaus, Siros, Tinos and Mykonos. She was built in 1999 at Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso, Italy, for Sea Containers Ltd as HSC SuperSeaCat Three. Under that name she sailed on Sea Container's services around the British Isles, as well as with their subsidiaries Silja Line and SuperSeaCat on the Baltic Sea.[2]

SuperSeaCat Three was the third mono-hulled fast ferry to be built for Sea Containers. She was initially set in traffic between Liverpool, England and Dublin, Ireland. In 2000 Dublin was switched to Douglas, Isle of Man. The following year SuperSeaCat Three started operating between Dover, England and Calais, France.[2]

Since the year 2000 Sea Containers had operated HSC SuperSeaCat Four between Helsinki and Tallinn, marketed as a part of their Silja Line brand. The route was highly profitable and in 2003 It was decided that SuperSeaCat Three should join her sister in that service. Due to the Baltic Sea freezing during winter, the service could not be operated between January and April each year, so the ship spent those month laid up. For the summer season of 2005 a third ship, HSC SuperSeaCat One was added to the service.

In late 2005 Sea Containers decided to sell their ferry operations, including the profitable Silja Line. However, the company that bought Silja Line, Estonian ferry operator Tallink, already operated several fast ferries (as well as traditional ferries) between Helsinki and Tallinn. As a result they could not take over the SuperSeaCats as that would have given them a dominant market position on the route. Hence Sea Containers decided, despite their earlier decision, to continue operating SuperSeaCat Three and Four under the SuperSeaCat brand.

On 12 October 2007 the SuperSeaCat Three collided with HSC Tallink AutoExpress 2 in Tallinn harbour. Due to strong winds the SuperSeaCat Three was assisted by a tug, but this was not enough to prevent the collision. No passengers were harmed, but the SuperSeaCat Three tore a meter-long hole on the side of the AutoExpress 2.


greek flag HSC Speedrunner IV

    Career

  • Name: HSC Speedrunner IV
  • Owner: Reefer & General Shipmanagement Athens, Greece[1]
  • Operator: Aegean Speed Lines, Piraeus Athens, Greece
  • Previous Operators:
    1999–2003: Sea Containers
    2003–2006: Silja Line
    2006–2008: SuperSeaCat
  • Port of registry: Greece
  • Former Names:
    SPEEDRUNNER IV Greece SVAF2 2011-10-31
    SPEEDRUNNER 4 Greece SVAF2 2011-04-21
    SUPERSEACAT FOUR Italy IBDU 2009-05-22
  • Laid down: 1999 Fincantieri Riva Trigoso Sestri Levante, Italy
  • Status: In Service Hellenic Shipping Register
  • General characteristics[2]

  • Type: Ro-ro/passenger Ship
  • Call Sign: SVAF2
  • IMO Number: 9141883
  • MMSI: 240931000
  • GRT: 4,465 tons
  • DWT: 340 TDW
  • Dimensions: 99,52 x 17,01 x 4,25 m
  • Engines: 4 × Ruston V20RK 270 Propulsion: 4 × KaMeWa 112F11 waterjets combined 27500 kW
  • Length: 100.30 meters
  • Beam: 17.10 meters
  • Height: 10.70 meters
  • Draught: 2.60 meters
  • Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h) service speed 40 knots (74 km/h) maximum speed
  • Capacity: 688 passengers 120 cars 4 busses
  • Crew: ?
  • Web: http://www.aegeanspeedlines.gr/

History

HSC Speedrunner IV is a fast ferry owned and operated by Aegean Speed Lines. She is used on a service between Pireaus, Serifos, Sifnos and Milos. She was built in 1999 at Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso, Italy, for Sea Containers Ltd, but entered service only in 2000 for Sea Container's subsidiary Silja Line. In 2006 she was transferred to another Sea Containers subsidiary, SuperSeaCat. In 2009 she began service with her current owners.

SuperSeaCat Four was the fourth and last mono-hulled fast ferry to be built for Sea Containers. Originally it was planned that she would be set in traffic between Brindisi, Italy and Çeşme, Turkey. The plan was abandoned however, and after delivery in May 1999 SuperSeaCat Four was laid up in La Spezia, Italy.

In 1999 Sea Containers acquired the majority of shares in classic Finnish shipping company Silja Line. Silja were at the time operating traditional ferries on the highly lucrative route between Helsinki and Tallinn, the capitals of Finland and Estonia respectively, but had no fast ferries operating on the route. Sea Containers decided to set their extra SuperSeaCat on that route, and from 17 April 2000 onwards SuperSeaCat Four sailed on the route under Silja Line SuperSeaCat brand. Due to the Baltic Sea freezing during winter, the service could not be operated between January and April each year. The ship spent those months laid up. In 2003 Sea Containers added a second SuperSeaCat to the route, HSC SuperSeaCat Three. For the summer season of 2005 a third ship, HSC SuperSeaCat One was added to the service.

In late 2005 Sea Containers decided to sell all of their ferry operations, including the profitable Silja Line. Silja Line was sold to the Estonian ferry operator Tallink, who already operated several fast and conventional ferries between Helsinki and Tallinn. Taking over the SuperSeaCats would have given them a dominant market position on the route. Because of this the SuperSeaCats were branched off from Silja to form a separate company, SuperSeaCat.

Web References:

  1. Aegean Speed Lines - http://www.aegeanspeedlines.gr
  2. Marin News Greece - http://www.marinews.gr/
  3. Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegean_Speed_Lines
  4. HSC SUPERSEACAT FOUR - http://www.faktaomfartyg.nu/superseacat_four_1999.htm

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