The newly arrived SuperSeacat 2 runs a service from Belfast to Heysham .This is the first regular fast ferry service from Northern Ireland to England . Her early days were hampered by bad weather which raised some bad press.
The SuperSecat 2 is the only mono hull fast ferry operating on the Irish Sea. She was built in Italy and at present still retains Italian Captains. Seacat added extra stabilising systems to the ship before it entered into service on the N. Irish sea crossing.
The Superstar Express is an Austal Catamaran and marks a change from the mono hull design of the Jetliner. Built in Fremantle , Australia the new ship appears to have better sea keeping capabilities than the Jetliner and a higher significant wave height limit of 3.5 meters. However the absence of any bow thrusters may prove to be a problem when berthing in inclement weather , only time will tell. The Super Star Express originally ran from Portsmouth to Cherbourg for P&O Portsmouth and is capable of carrying up to 900 souls. Powered by 4 MTU 20V1163TB73L diesel engines producing 6.5mw of power per engine , she is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots. The ship is fitted with the Ocean Leveller ride control system which incorporates T-Foils at the bow ( to counter pitching ) and Flaps ( to conter rolling ) at the stern. At present it looks like P&O's fast ferry service will be limited to an eight month season ending around Halloween.
|-||Jetliner||Stena Voyager||Seacat Scotland||Super SeaCat 2||Jonathan Swift||Super Star Express|
|Type||Monohull||Catamaran||Wave Piercing Catamaran||Monohull||Austal|
|Length Over All (meters)||95m||127.0m||74.3m||100m||86.6m||82.3m|
|Operating Speed |
( Knots )
12 coaches and 55 cars
50 x 16m
|450 Passengers |
|Crossing Time||approx |
|approx 1 Hr 40m||approx 1 Hr 30mins||-||approx 1 Hr 49mins||approx |
01st May 2000
P&O's Jetliner has now been replaced by the Superstar Express. The Jetliner has been returned to her owners in Bergen, Norway.
Seacat has started its new SuperSeacat 2 monohull service on the Belfast - Heysham Route.
This page was last updated on 21st June 2000