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H/S/C SPEEDRUNNER IV

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 31/03/10 #10092

 

Ship

Speedrunner IV (2009)

 

Building Spec.

Fincantieri, Riva Trigoso, Italy, 1999 – N° 6004

Call Sign

SVAF2

IMO Number

9141883

GRT

4.662

DWT

340

Dimensions

100 x 17,1 x 2,75

Engines

4 Ruston 20RK270 MkII, 27.500 kW

Speed

38 knots

Passengers

808

Seats

808

Cars

170

Garage

80 lane metres (?)

Sister Ships

Almudaina Dos

Hellenic Wind

Speedrunner III

Registry Port

Piraeus

Flag

Greece

Former Names/Own.

Superseacat Four – Hoverspeed (Seacontainers) 1999-00

Superseacat Four – Silja Line 2000-06

Superseacat Four – Seacontainers 2006-08

Superseacat Four – Aegean Speed Lines 2008-09

Line

Piraeus – Paros – Naxos

 

Last delivered vessel of a four monohull serie ordered by Seacontainers to Fincantieri Riva Trigoso yards, after the cancellation of the option for two more ferries of that kind, was launched as the “Superseacat Four”, and immediately laid up for almost a year at La Spezia, her home port, due to the abortion of Seacontainers plans to deploy her on BrindisiCesme line via Corinth canal. When she re-emerged from the lay-up in Italy, she became a mainstay of fast ferry connections between Finnish and Estonian capitals, the popular Helsinki – Tallinn line, where she faced the 24 hours mini-cruises of Baltic-owned cruise-ferries offering herself as a fast and practical alternative. During her nine seasons in Baltic services, she wore for six years the Silja Line – Superseacat livery, matching the commercial name of Seacontainers’s fast ferry operations with those of Baltic cruise-ferries part of Seacontainers group; for the following two seasons, after the divorce between Seacontainers and Silja Line, the “Superseacat Four” operated only under Superseacat livery, and in the last year of service she had the Aegean Speed Lines’s logo painted on her funnels, after the sale of Superseacat Finland OY from the British parent company to the former Greek partners. On 2009 the ferry finally left Poland for Greece; it was very strange anyway that the annual refit and repainting was carried out there instead of Greece, where usually the Greek companies are based. It was obvious that the new name chosen for this vessel were “Speedrunner IV”, less obvious was the change of livery, abandoning the nice sky blue of the company for white. After being deployed for her first Greek year on Piraeus – FolegandrosSikinosIos – Santorini line, on 2010, after a little change in her livery’s colours, was deployed on Aegean Speed Lines’s main service, from Piraeus to Serifos, Sifnos, Folegandros, Kimolos and Milos. In 2013 was laid up at Elefsina bay, due to the reduction on Company’s services, but for 2014 summer was “resurrected” to serve the Piraeus – Paros – Naxos line, omitting to serve the other three destinations usually connected by this service, Syros, Tinos and Mykonos; for 2015, instead, she’s rumoured to be deployed again on Milos line. Even if there aren’t big differences between two sister vessels of this type, as far as I saw from the virtual tours, I prefer the internal arrangement and furnishings of this vessel, rather than those of “Speedrunner III”.

 

SEACONTAINERS HSC Superseacat Four 04_Fincantieri

HOVERSPEED SEACONTAINERS H/S/C Superseacat Four – Photo from Fincantieri website, Riva Trigoso, 1999

 

SILJA LINE SUPERSEACAT HSC Superseacat Four 01_Aleksi Lindstrom

SILJA LINE H/S/C Superseacat Four – Photo © Aleksi Lindström, Helsinki, 2000 #9688

 

SILJA LINE SUPERSEACAT HSC Superseacat Four 02_Eero Isotalo 25Gi05

SILJA LINE H/S/C Superseacat Four – Photo © Eero Isotalo, Helsinki, 25/06/06 #9691

 

SEACONTAINERS HSC Superseacat Four 01_Kimmo Rantanen 11Lu07

SEACONTAINERS H/S/C Superseacat Four – Photo © Kimmo Rantanen, Tallinn, 11/07/07 #9692

 

SEACONTAINERS HSC Superseacat Four 02_Kimmo Rantanen 11Lu07

SEACONTAINERS H/S/C Superseacat Four – Photo © Kimmo Rantanen, Tallinn, 11/07/07 #9693

 

AEGEAN SPEED LINES HSC Superseacat Four 01_Kimmo Rantanen 28Se08

AEGEAN SPEED LINES H/S/C Superseacat Four – Photo © Kimmo Rantanen, Gulf of Finland, 28/09/08 #9695

 

AEGEAN SPEED LINES HSC Speedrunner IV 01_Personale 31Ma10

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 31/03/10 #9400

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/08/10 #10067

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/08/10 #10069

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/08/10 #10071

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/08/10 #10074

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/08/10 #10075

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/08/10 #10077

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/08/10 #10078

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 06/08/10 #10081

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 08/08/10 #10086

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 08/08/10 #10088

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 08/08/10 #10089

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 08/08/10 #10090

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 08/08/10 #10094

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 08/08/10 #10095

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 12/08/10 #10527

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 12/08/10 #10528

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 29/06/2012 #12140

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 29/06/2012 #12141

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 04/07/2012 #12257

 

Photo © Michele Lulurgas, Piraeus, 04/07/2012 #12258

 

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