Speedrunner III IMO 9141871 Aegean Speed Lines entering Piraeus Port of Athens Greece
Aegean Speed Lines
Aegean Speed Lines is a Greek ferry company operating fast ferries between Pireaus and the Cyclades.
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. Sea Containers sold is share in 2006 leaving the Eugenides Group as the major shareholder.
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.
In 2009 Aegean Speed Lines was awarded by "Lloyd's List Greek Shipping Awards" as "The Best Passenger Line of the Year 2009".
HSC Speedrunner III
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.
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.
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.
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