HSC High Speed Jet

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Speedrunner 1 in Piraeus
  • 1990-2004: Hoverspeed Great Britain
  • 2004-2005: Emeraude GB
  • 2005-2008: Speedrunner 1
  • 2008-2011: Sea Runner
  • 2011-2015: Cosmos Jet
  • 2015-present: High Speed Jet
Owner: Seajets
Port of registry:
Route: Laid-up
Builder: Incat, Tasmania, Australia
Yard number: 025
Launched: 1990
Honours and
Hales Trophy (eastbound)
Notes: [1][2][3]
General characteristics
Type: Wave piercing catamaran
Tonnage: 185 - 230[clarification needed]
Length: 73.6 m (241 ft)
Beam: 26.3 m (86 ft)
Draught: 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in)
  • 2 × stern
  • 1 × bow
Installed power: 4 x GEC Alsthom Ruston 16RK 270 medium speed diesel engines (4 x 3,600kW at 750 rpm)
Propulsion: Four steering water-jets
Speed: 37 knots (69 km/h; 43 mph)
Capacity: 450 passengers
Notes: [4]

HSC High Speed Jet is a 74 m (243 ft) ocean-going catamaran built in 1990 by International Catamarans (Incat) for the UK company, Hoverspeed and currently owned by Seajets. In 1990, as Hoverspeed Great Britain, she took the Hales Trophy for the fastest eastbound transatlantic journey, making the run, without passengers, in three days, seven hours and fifty-four minutes, averaging 36.6 knots (67.8 km/h; 42.1 mph).[2]


The ship's previous names were: Hoverspeed Great Britain (1990–2004), Emeraude GB (2004–2005), and Speedrunner 1 (2005–2008, when she sailed the Mediterranean Sea for Sea Containers Ltd and Aegean Speed Lines.[3]) Sea Runner (2008–2011) and Cosmos Jet (2011–2015, when she first began operating for Seajets).

HSC Hoverspeed Great Britain was replaced on the cross-channel route by MDV 1200 class ferries Superseacat One and Superseacat Two.


Power is supplied by four Ruston 16RK270 V-16 marine diesel engines each with a 3600 kW (4825 hp) at 100% maximum continuous rating (MCR).

The 16RK270 engine has 16 cylinders, a 270 mm bore and a 305mm stroke, for a per cylinder displacement of 17.46L and a total displacement of 279.408L. The vessel in trials attained over 48 knots (89 km/h; 55 mph) on a 5-minute run; at full displacement she showed 45.20 knots (83.71 km/h; 52.02 mph) maximum and 44.08 knots (81.64 km/h; 50.73 mph) for a two-way average.


  1. ^ "74 Metre Wave Piercing Catamaran". Incat. 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  2. ^ a b Micke Asklander (2010). "HSC Hoverspeed Great Britain (1990)". Fakta om Fartyg (Facts about Ships) (in Swedish). Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  3. ^ a b Michael Koefoed-Hansen (2010). "HSC Searunner". The Ferry Site. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  4. ^ "74m Wave Piercing Catamaran Car Passenger Ferry" (PDF). Incat Australia Pty Ltd. 2007. Retrieved 2010-05-01.

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Preceded by
United States
Atlantic Eastbound Record
Succeeded by