HSC Express 1

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History
Name:
  • 2009-2009: MGC 66
  • 2009-2012: Norman Arrow
  • 2012-2017: KatExpress 1
  • 2017 onwards: Express 1
Operator:
Port of registry:
Builder: Incat, Tasmania, Australia
Yard number: 066
Identification: IMO number: 9501590[1]
Status: in service
General characteristics [2]
Tonnage: 10,503 GT (Gross tons)
Length: 112.6 m (369.4 ft)
Beam: 30.5 m (100.1 ft)
Draft: 3.93 m (12.9 ft)
Installed power: 4 x MAN 20V 28/33D diesel engines (9000 kW each)
Propulsion: 4 x Wärtsilä LJX 1500SR waterjets
Speed: 40 knots
Capacity:
  • 1200 passengers
  • 417 cars

Express 1 is a high speed catamaran operated by Molslinjen between Aarhus and Odden. Along with its sister ship, the Express 2, they are the world's largest diesel powered catamarans.[3]

History[edit]

Express 1 was built in 2009 at the Incat Yards in Tasmania, Australia as MGC 66 for MGC Chartering Limited. Upon completion the vessel was chartered to French ferry operator LD Lines and renamed Norman Arrow.

In June 2009 the Norman Arrow entered service between Dover and Boulogne. For the 2010 season the Norman Arrow was transferred to the Portsmouth - Le Havre route.

On 28 August 2010 the Norman Arrow hit a mooring dolphin whilst berthing in Le Havre, resulting in structural damage to the vessel.[4] The Norman Arrow sailed to Brest for repairs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faktaomfartyg.se Incat 066, accessed 22 March 2011
  2. ^ Incat Tasmania Pty Hull 066 specifications, accessed 22 March 2011
  3. ^ LD Lines Welcome Aboard - Norman Arrow, accessed 22 March 2011
  4. ^ Marine Accident Investigation Branch Current investigations, accessed 22 March 2011