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HSC Speedrunner IV

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Yard number  6004
In service  17 April 2000
Draft  2.6 m
Builder  Fincantieri
Acquired  May 1999
Length  100 m
Beam  17 m
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Name  1999–2009 HSC SuperSeaCat Four 2009–2016 HSC Speedrunner IV 2016–present HSC Superrunner
Operator  1999–2000 Laid up 2000–06 Silja Line 2006–08 SuperSeaCat 2008–16 Aegean Speed Lines 2016–present Golden Star Ferries
Port of registry  1999–2008 La Spezia,  Italy 2008–present Piraeus,  Greece

HSC Speedrunner IV is a fast ferry owned and operated by Golden Star Ferries, set to begin service with them in 2017. 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 Aegean Speed Lines between Piraeus, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros and Sikinos, as well as Paros and Naxos.In 2016, she was sold to her current owners.

History

HSC Speedrunner IV The ferry site

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.

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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.

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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.

HSC Speedrunner IV HSC Superseacat Four La Spezia

In 2008, SuperSeaCat Four was sold to Greek company Aegean Speed Lines, along with her sister ship SuperSeaCat Three. Both ships remained in service between Helsinki and Tallinn. However, in 2009, the company decided to bring both ships to Greek service. The SuperSeaCat Four arrived in June 17, 2009, was renamed Speedrunner IV and began service on her owner's main service: the Piraeus-Serifos-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos-Folegandros line, which she also served in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, her service was only limited to Serifos, Sifnos and Milos, and in 2013 she was laid-up in Eleusis Bay due to her company's economic difficulties. She returned to service the following year, operating on the Piraeus-Paros-Naxos line for the summer. In 2015 she returned to service in Serifos, Sifnos and Milos, while in 2016 her service was extended to Kimolos, Folegandros and Sikinos.

HSC Speedrunner IV HSC Speedrunner IV Piraeus

After the summer of 2016, the Speedrunner IV was sold to Greek company Golden Star Ferries. She is due to enter service with them in 2017, operating from Rafina to the Cyclades islands under her new name, Superrunner.

References

HSC Speedrunner IV Wikipedia


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