& Stena Lynx II
Stena Sealink and Condor Ferries took delivery of 'Mark II' Seacats in 1994 and 1995 respectively. Whilst the prototype Seacats were certainly modern in appearance, the revised 78 metre design was quite revolutionary. Passenger seating was increased with an upper deck behind the wheelhouse positioned amidships. A bare roof of aluminium extended from directly below the bridge to form a vast 'V' shape towards the sharply pointed prow. The previous Seacats had a few touches of conventionality such as funnels (albeit mock ones), but the next generation craft were nothing like anything seen before!
Stena Sea Lynx II is seen here in Dun Laoghaire (near Dublin) Harbour outward bound for Holyhead in July 1994. She later came to Dover for a stint on the Calais run. Her identical sister, Condor 11, is pictured reversing out of the confines of Weymouth Harbour in September 1995. She was grounded on rocks during her trials off Tasmania and the damage was not repaired successfully. Her spell with Condor Ferries ended abruptly after a miserable maiden season.
Incat 033 & Condor 11
Builder: InCat Australia Limited, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Yard numbers: 033, 034.
Dimensions (length, breadth, depth): 77.5 x 26 x 3.5 metres.
Tonnages (gross, net, dead weight): 3,989, 1,382, 250.
Engines: Four Caterpillar diesel.
Power: 23.500 kW.
Speed (knots): 37.
Passenger certificate: 612.
Car capacity: 135.
8.2.1994: Incat 033 launched.
1994: Delivered to Buquebus International Limited, Nassau, Bahamas. Chartered to Stena Line A. B., Göteborg. Renamed Stena Sea Lynx II.
22.6.1994: Entered service Holyhead/Dun Laoghaire (near Dublin).
13.2.1996: Renamed Stena Lynx II. Dover/Calais.
8.1996: Laid up at Göteborg.
9.1997: Chartered to Buquebus. Renamed Ronda Marina.
1999: Sold to International Catamarans Chartering Pty., Hobart, Australia.
19.7.1999: Laid up at Portland.
1999: Chartered to Lineas Fred Olsen, Canary Islands, Spain. Renamed Incat 033.
1999: Laid up at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
15.5.2000: Chartered to Transmediterranea, Spain. Renamed Fast Ceuta.
10.2000: Charter expired. Renamed Incat 033. Laid up at Valletta, Malta.
4.2001: Chartered to Ventouris Ferries, Piraeus, Greece. Renamed Thundercat II.
21.7.1994: Condor 11 launched.
8.10.1994: During speed trials, hit rocks at Blackjack reef, Tasmania, causing severe damage.
3.3.1995: Delivered to Holyman Limited, Sydney, Australia.
18.5.1995: Chartered to Condor Ferries St. Helier (Jersey)/St. Peter Port (Guernsey)/Weymouth.
3.10.1995: Withdrawn from service.
18.12.1995: Sold to Cat Link, Denmark. Renamed Cat Link II.
5.1998: Chartered to EuroFerrys S. A., Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. Renamed Euroferrys I.
12.5.2000: Renamed Euroferrys Primero.
5.2002: Laid up at Portland, England.
30.9.2002: Renamed Cat Link II.
2.12.2002: Renamed Elanora.