List of HSC ferry routes

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This is a list of high-speed craft ferry routes.

Many routes are operated by catamarans, as catamarans are a faster craft than a similar sized monohulls. In the 1990s monohull HSCs with capacity for cars and buses have taken over many routes.



HSC Villum Clausen
On the way from the shipyard of Austal Ships in Australia to Rønne in Denmark the ferry had a top speed of 47.7 knots and an average of 43.4 knots, and on February 16 and 17, 2000 it had reached 1063 sea miles within 24 hours, thereby setting the world record which was then written in the Guinness Book of Records.
It is in service between Rønne in Denmark and Ystad in Sweden.
HSC Leonora Christina
It is Denmark's third largest catamaran and it is in service between Rønne in Denmark and Ystad in Sweden.
The HSC Tanger Jet II is a catamaran that provides ferry service between Tanger and Tarifa. She is the largest and fastest ferry in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Victoria Clipper IV is a catamaran that provides ferry service between Victoria and Seattle.
HSC Santorini Palace (ex Highspeed 5/7) is a catamaran that provides ferry services between Crete and several Cycladic islands.
The HSC Thundercat 1 is a catamaran that provided ferry service between Tarifa and Tangier up to 2008. Afterwards she was sold to a Greece ferry operator and was renamed HSC Mega Jet.
The HSC Tanger Jet is a catamaran that provides ferry service between Tarifa and Tangier.
The HSC Halunder Jet is a catamaran that provides ferry service between Hamburg, Wedel, Cuxhaven and Heligoland.
The Stena HSS 1500 is a catamaran that provides fast ferry service at 40 knots (74 km/h) across the Irish Sea.
The Starship Express is a 300-passenger catamaran traveling between Long Beach, California and Catalina Island.
MV Jean De La Valette which operates between Malta and Sicily

Scandinavia and Baltic Sea[edit]

British Isles[edit]

Mediterranean countries[edit]

  • A number of high-speed catamarans are used as ferries from Piraeus to various islands of the Aegean Sea, including Crete.
- Sea Jet : Champion jet 1 & 2, superjet, megajet.
- Hellenic seaways : Flyingcats 1,2,3,4 & 5, highspeed 4,5,6 & 7


Atlantic Coast[edit]

Lakes and Rivers[edit]

Pacific Coast[edit]

Caribbean and South America[edit]



  • Aremiti operates two modern, Australian-made high speed catamarans between the port terminal in Tahiti and the island of Moorea in the French Polynesia Islands.
  • Stewart Island Experience operates high speed catamarans "Southern Express" and "Foveaux Express" between Bluff and Oban Stewart Island New Zealand
  • CityCats, ferries running along the Brisbane River in Queensland, Australia.
  • Fantome Cat, Reef Cat, Palm Cat and Sunbird, operated by Sealink Queensland, running between Townsville, Queensland, Australia, and Magnetic Island.
  • Cruise Whitsundays catamaran ferries operating from Shute Harbour and Abel Point, Queensland to Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island Airport, Daydream Island, Whitehaven Beach and Reefworld on the Great Barrier Reef. Fleet includes "Cobia", Kingfish", "Swordfish", "Barracuda", "Seahorse", "Orca", and "Sea Flyte".
  • Tangalooma "Express", "Flyer" and "Jet" high speed resort transfer catamarans that operate between Brisbane and Moreton Island.
  • Stradbroke flyer high speed water taxi services to North Stradbroke Island Australia, vessels include "Calypso", "Legacy".
  • Bay Island Taxi Service, high speed service to southern Moreton Bay islands Brisbane Queensland. Fleet includes "Al Robb", "Perulpa", "Jumpinpin", "Kurrowera", "Kalamarau" and "Inswiabon".
  • Fast ferry service to North Stradbroke Island operated by Transit Systems Australia, fleet includes "Escape to Stradbroke" and "Redraw".
  • Manly fast ferries, express service from Manly Sydney Australia to Circular Quay Sydney Australia fleet includes "Ocean Dreaming II", "Ocean Rider", "Sea Cat I", "Sea Cat II"
  • Rottnest Express ferries to Rottnest Island Western Australia, fleet includes "Sea Eagle Express", "Eagle Express" and "Star Flyte Express".


Monohull HSCs[edit]