HSC Super Runner

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History
Name:
  • 1999–2009: SuperSeaCat Four
  • 2009–2016: Speedrunner IV
  • 2016–present: Super Runner
Operator:
Port of registry:
Builder: Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso, Italy
Yard number: 6004[1]
Acquired: May 1999[1]
In service: 17 April 2000[1]
Identification:IMO number9141883[1]
Status: In service
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: MDV1200 class fast ferry
Tonnage: 4,465 GT
Displacement: 340 TDW
Length: 100.30 m (329.07 ft)
Beam: 17.10 m (56.10 ft)
Draught: 2.60 m (8.53 ft)
Depth: 10.70 m (35.10 ft)
Decks: 4 (passenger accessible)
Installed power: 4 × Ruston V20RK 270
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 35 knots (65 km/h) service speed
  • 40 knots (74 km/h) maximum speed
Capacity:
  • 710 passengers
  • 120 cars
  • 4 busses

Super Runner is a fast ferry owned and operated by Golden Star Ferries. She was built in 1999 at Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso, Italy, for Sea Containers Ltd, but entered service only in 2000 for Sea Container's subsidiary Silja Line. In 2006 she was transferred to another Sea Containers subsidiary, SuperSeaCat. In 2009 she began service with Aegean Speed Lines between Piraeus, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros and Sikinos, as well as Paros and Naxos.[1] In 2016, she was sold to her current owners.

History[edit]

SuperSeaCat Four was the fourth and last mono-hulled fast ferry to be built for Sea Containers. Originally it was planned that she would be set in traffic between Brindisi, Italy and Çeşme, Turkey; the plan was abandoned however, and after delivery in May 1999 SuperSeaCat Four was laid up in La Spezia, Italy.

In 1999 Sea Containers acquired the majority of shares in classic Finnish shipping company Silja Line. Silja were at the time operating traditional ferries on the highly lucrative route between Helsinki and Tallinn, the capitals of Finland and Estonia respectively, but had no fast ferries operating on the route. Sea Containers decided to set their extra SuperSeaCat on that route, and from 17 April 2000 onwards SuperSeaCat Four sailed on the route under Silja Line SuperSeaCat brand. Due to the Baltic Sea freezing during winter, the service could not be operated between January and April each year; the ship spent those months laid up. In 2003 Sea Containers added a second SuperSeaCat to the route, HSC SuperSeaCat Three. For the summer season of 2005 a third ship, HSC SuperSeaCat One was added to the service.

In late 2005 Sea Containers decided to sell all of their ferry operations, including the profitable Silja Line. Silja Line was sold to the Estonian ferry operator Tallink, who already operated several fast and conventional ferries between Helsinki and Tallinn. Taking over the SuperSeaCats would have given them a dominant market position on the route; because of this the SuperSeaCats were branched off from Silja to form a separate company, SuperSeaCat.

In 2008, SuperSeaCat Four was sold to Greek company Aegean Speed Lines, along with her sister ship SuperSeaCat Three. Both ships remained in service between Helsinki and Tallinn. However, in 2009, the company decided to bring both ships to Greek service; the SuperSeaCat Four arrived in June 17, 2009, was renamed Speedrunner IV and began service on her owner's main service: the Piraeus-Serifos-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos-Folegandros line, which she also served in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, her service was only limited to Serifos, Sifnos and Milos, and in 2013 she was laid-up in Eleusis Bay due to her company's economic difficulties, she returned to service the following year, operating on the Piraeus-Paros-Naxos line for the summer. In 2015 she returned to service in Serifos, Sifnos and Milos, while in 2016 her service was extended to Kimolos, Folegandros and Sikinos.

After the summer of 2016, the Speedrunner IV was sold to Greek company Golden Star Ferries, she is due to enter service with them in 2017, operating from Rafina to the Cyclades islands under her new name, Superrunner.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Micke Asklander. "HSC SuperSeaCat Four (1999)". Fakta om Fartyg (in Swedish). Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  2. ^ "Specifications". SuperSeaCat. Retrieved 2008-02-23.

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