HSC Hellenic Wind

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For the first Viking operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, see HMS Vindex (1915).
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Viking arriving in Douglas, Isle of Man.
Career
Name: 1997–2008: Superseacat Two
2008–2010: Viking
2010–present: Hellenic Wind
Operator: 1997–1998, 1999–2000: Hoverspeed
1998–1999, 2000–2001: Seacat
2003–2009: IOMSPCo.
2009–present: Atlantico Line
Port of registry: 1997–2003: La Spezia  Italy
2003–2010: Liverpool  UK
2010–present: Valletta  Malta
Ordered: 1996
Builder: Fincantieri, La Spezia
Cost: GB£20,000,000
Yard number: 6000
Laid down: 1996
Launched: 1997
Acquired: June 1997
In service: 26 June 1997
Identification: IMO number: 9141845
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class & type: MDV1200 class fast ferry
Tonnage: 4,463 GT
Length: 100 m (330 ft)
Beam: 17.1 m (56 ft)
Draught: 2.6 m (8.5 ft)
Installed power: 4 × GEC Alsthom Ruston 20RK270 diesel engines
Propulsion: 4 x Kamewa Waterjets
1 × Bow thruster
Speed: Service: 38 knots (70 km/h; 44 mph)
Maximum: 40 knots (74 km/h; 46 mph)
Capacity: Passengers: 690
Cars: 147
Crew: 26

HSC Hellenic Wind (yard number 6000) is a high-speed craft (HSC) owned by Hellenic Seaways, having previously being owned by Sea Containers.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company[edit]

SuperSeaCat Two in previous SPC livery, 2007

She first entered services between Dover and Calais for Sea Containers subsidiary Hoverspeed in 1997, named HSC SuperSeaCat Two before moving to the Irish Sea in 1998 primarily for service between Liverpool and Dublin but also for Isle of Man Steam Packet services between Liverpool and Douglas. The vessel returned to Hoverspeed in 1999 to reopen the Newhaven-Dieppe route which had been closed by P&O Stena Line earlier that year. Her place on the Irish Sea was taken by her sister, SuperSeaCat Three.

In 2000, she once again sailed on the Irish Sea, this time between Heysham and Belfast but again returned to Hoverspeed this time for service between Dover and Calais or Ostend operating alongside 2 of her 3 sisters. After spending some time laid up in Portsmouth she returned to service on the Newhaven-Dieppe run before being chartered to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, which had by then been sold by Sea Containers.

In May 2008, it was announced that the Steam Packet Company had purchased Incat 050 (now Manannan), and it would replace Viking from the 2009 season. At the end of the 2008 season, Viking sailed to Alexandra Dock in Liverpool to lay-up for the winter. In January 2009, Viking left drydock to cover the passenger sailings of Ben-my-Chree,[1] which had gone into drydock for propeller repairs. After Ben-my-Chree returned to service, Viking returned to lay-up in Liverpool.

Atlantico Line[edit]

Viking was expected to depart from Liverpool for her Azores charter to Atlantico Line around 5–6 July[year needed]. A side-loading door that was fabricated in Portsmouth was fitted. She did not leave until 23 July[year needed] due to a leak that was found when her fuel tanks were being filled for her long voyage. The port side of Viking has lost the web address, “steam-packet.com” due to re-painting following the insertion of the side-loading vehicle door. During the voyage her hull was damaged due to weather and docked at Falmouth, Cornwall for repairs. She finally arrived in the Azores and began service on the morning of 5 August.[year needed] Steam Packet masters were believed to be accompanying the ship for training purposes and then to act as the representatives.

Hellenic Seaways[edit]

Viking was sold to Hellenic Seaways and was renamed Hellenic Wind in September 2009.[2]

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