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HSC Jaume II

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Ordered  1995
Completed  1996
Tonnage  4.305 million kg
Yard number  038
Launched  1996
Builder  Incat
HSC Jaume II httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Name  1996–1997 Condor 12 1997–1998 Holyman Rapide 1998–2005 Rapide 2006–present Jaume II
Owner  1996–1997 Condor Ferries 1997–1998 Holyman 1998–2001 Hoverspeed 2001–2005 Sea Containers 2005–2006 Hoverspeed 2006–present Balearia Ferries
Operator  1996–1997 Condor Ferries 1997–1998 Holyman 1998–2001 Hoverspeed 2001–2005 Sea Containers 2005–2006 Hoverspeed 2006–present Balearia Ferries

HSC Jaume II is a high speed Catamaran Built by International Catamarans (Incat) in Tasmania in 1996.

History

SeaCat Rapide was built in 1996 as Condor 12. For her first season she operated alongside Condor 10 on Condor Ferries Channel Island services. In 1997 the vessel became Holyman Rapide and operated on the English Channel. When Hoverspeed bought the Holyman, the Holyman Rapide became known as Rapide and transferred to Hoverspeed's English Channel Routes.

In March 2001 Rapide moved up from the English Channel to Sea Containers Irish Sea services between Liverpool and Dublin, Liverpool and Douglas.

For March 2002 the Rapide was deployed between Belfast and Heysham and services to/from the Isle of Man, until a disastrous fire on Wednesday 21 August 2002 on the 0700 service. A fire was reported in the Port Engine room at 0800. The vessel was forced to turn back to Belfast and passengers were offered alternative travel arrangements. The service never reopened after that date.

The Rapide lay alongside the lay-up berth in Belfast before finally getting repaired by March 2003. With Seacat Scotland moving to the English Channel in November 2002, this meant the Belfast to Troon route needed a vessel, as it had been operated by SeaCat Isle of Man, which needed to return to her Manx services.

On Monday 1 November 2004 Rapide had completed the Belfast to Troon service with the 1545 sailing ex Belfast returning from Troon at 1930, she also occasionally covered Manx routes. Finally, the Rapide left Belfast for the final time on Monday 8 November 2004 at 1620, bound for Sunderland.

For 2005 Rapide was deployed, as Seacat Rapide, between Dover and Calais for Hoverspeed, however as the Company closed on Monday 7 November 2005 the Rapide was laid up at Tilbury.

In June 2006 Rapide left the channel probably for the last time bound for a new career in the Mediterranean with Balearia Ferries, renamed Jaume II.

In February 2017, Balearia Ferries has decided to replace all 4 engines for Jaume II to increase the speed and energy efficiency and interior modification for better better comfort and modern looks. The new engines would be 10 percent more efficient and reduce NOx emission by 70 percent. All the process would be carried out by Spanish shipyard, Astilleros del Guadalquivir.

References

HSC Jaume II Wikipedia


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