Portsmouth Express 2000-2000
Catalonia L 1999-2000
|Owner:||Los Cipreses S.A.|
|Operator:||P&O Irish Sea 2005-present
P&O Portsmouth 2000-2005
|Port of registry:|| Bahamas, Nassau, 2003-present
Uruguay, Montevideo, 2002-2003
Bahamas, Nassau, 2000-2002
Spain Las Palmas, 1998-2000
|Route:||Larne — Troon & Cairnryan|
|Builder:||Incat, Tasmania, Australia|
|Laid down:||12 May 1997|
|Launched:||17 January 1998|
|Completed:||1 May 1998|
|Identification:||Call sign: C6FQ4
DNV ID: 20078
IMO number: 9176046
MMSI no.: 311074000
|Class & type:||Det Norske Veritas 1A1 HSLC R1 Car Ferry A E0|
|Tonnage:||5,902 GT; 2,441 NT; 450 DWT|
|Length:||91 m (299 ft)|
|Beam:||26 m (85 ft)|
|Draught:||3.7 m (12 ft)|
|Installed power:||4 x Caterpillar Inc. model 3618 marine diesel engines|
|Propulsion:||4 x Lips LJ145D waterjet|
|Speed:||40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)|
Express is a 91-metre (299 ft) wave piercing catamaran built by International Catamarans (Incat), and operated by P&O Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Scotland. During her delivery voyage on 9 June 1998, she set the record for the fastest Atlantic Eastbound Record, previously held by another Incat craft Hoverspeed Great Britain, making the 3,125 mi (5,029 km) run from Manhattan to Tarifa, Spain in 3 days 7 hours 54 minutes, traveling at an average speed of 38.877 knots (72.000 km/h; 44.739 mph).
During that same voyage, the ship became the first passenger ship to cover 1,000 mi (1,600 km) or more in one 24-hour period. In covering 1,018 nautical miles (1,885 km) in one day, beating the 868 mi (1,397 km). record set by SS United States in 1952. Six weeks later, sister craft HSC Fjord Cat took the record.
 Mediterranean service
Following her record breaking Atlantic Ocean crossing the vessel changed name to Catalonia L and entered service with Buquebus between Barcelona and Palma, Majorca and later between Ceuta, Malaga and Algeciras.
 English Channel service
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In 1999 she was chartered to P&O Portsmouth for service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg replacing the smaller Superstar Express and adopted the trading name Portsmouth Express though her official name remained Catalonia. Her first season as Portsmouth Express was marred by a series of serious technical problems which at one point resulted in the Superstar Express returning to the route from P&O Irish Sea. The ship operated with P&O Portsmouth during the 2000, 2001 and 2002 summer seasons and returned to Buquebus for the rest of the year, in each summer season on the Cherbourg route the ship experienced a number of technical problems which often resulted in the ship running on three or less of its four engines. In 2002 the ships marketing name became Express after P&O Portsmouth became part of P&O Ferries. In 2004 the ship was officially renamed Express but her marketing name became Cherbourg Express to differentiate the service from Caen Express which P&O started that year. In September 2004 the ship completed her final Portsmouth-Cherbourg sailing and the ship was laid up at A&P Birkenhead.
 Irish Sea service
In 2005 her charter was transferred to P&O Irish Sea and the ship once again replaced Superstar Express. Express remains with P&O Irish Sea on the route between Troon/Cairnryan, Scotland and Larne, Northern Ireland. In 2010 she began operating sailings from Larne to Douglas on behalf of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. Leaving Larne at 23:59 - arrive Douglas 2:44, Leave Douglas - 03:00 - Arrive Larne - 05:45. By doing this they have fitted it in around the normal timetable on the Larne - Cairnryan and Larne - Troon Routes.
 Sister ships
Express is one of four 91-metre wave piercing catamarans built by Incat but differs from the other three because of her addition lounge and large scenic window over the stern.
- Sister ships
- "Vessel Info: Express". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- "91m Wave Piercing Catamaran". Incat. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "HSC Catalonia (1998)". Fakta om Fartyg (Facts about Ships) (in Swedish). Klubb Maritim. Tuesday, 20 April 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- P&O Irish Sea - P&O Express
- nP&O Irish Sea - Express Information
Hoverspeed Great Britain
|Atlantic Eastbound Record