HSC Jaume II

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Seacat Rapide
Career
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
Ordered: 1995
Builder: Incat, Tasmania, Australia
Yard number: 038
Launched: 1996
Completed: 1996
Maiden voyage: 1996
In service: 1996
Identification: IMO number: 9116113
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 4,305 tonnes
Length: 81.15 m (266.2 ft)
Beam: 26 m (85.3 ft)
Draft: 3.15 m (10.3 ft)
Installed power: 4x Ruston 16RK270 MkII
Propulsion: 4x Lips LJ145D waterjet
Speed: 37 knots (43 mph)
Capacity: 654 passengers
155 vehicles

HSC Jaume II is a high-speed ferry operated by Balearia Ferries.

History[edit]

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. She had a reputation of being "flogged to death" by Holyman Ferries and needed much work on her engines.

For March 2002 the Rapide was deployed between Belfast and Heysham and services to/from the Isle of Man, however following a disastrous fire on Wednesday 21 August 2002 on the 0700 Belfast-Heysham service when 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.[1] 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Investigation after fire on passenger ferry". The Daily Telegraph (London). 21 August 2002.