May 20, 2004
Tenth Incat enters cross-Channel service
SpeedOne fast catamaran service commenced yesterday across the English Channel between Dover, England, and Boulogne in France. It is the first ferry service to Boulogne in several years. The 86 m SpeedOne is Incat hull 045. It made history in 1999 when it was chartered by the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Jervis Bay. Its operations during the East Timor crisis drew the attention of the worldwide military to the potential of high speed catamarans in various military roles.
The Australian-built high speed cat crosses the Dover Strait in 50 minutes making five return trips each day in a year-round service for a new operating company, SpeedFerrries.
SpeedOne is the tenth Incat built high speed catamaran operating on the English Channel to ten, with all the fast ferries operating out of Dover being Incat vessels.
Since it served as HMAS Jervis Bay between 1999 and 2001, Incat 045 has also operated fast ferry services between the mainland and islands of Italy.
The fast wavepiercer has a capacity of 200 cars. Its the original passenger capacity of 900 passengers has been reduced to around 700 to allow additional facilities to be incorporated for passenger comfort. The vessel has a top speed of 50 knots and service speed of over 40 knots