Catamarans saw the death of the SRN4 service between Dover and Calais. Hoverspeed (at the time) deemed them cheaper to run, with similar crossing times yet an improved level of passenger comfort. Initially, Hoverspeed ran several of Incat's (an Australian catamaran manufacturer based in Tasmania) 74m craft, later upgrading to two craft purchased from the then Stena Line's service to France, the Incat 86. SpeedFerries then took over these two craft upon Hoverspeed's demise, until their own cessation of service in 2008.
LDLines, the latest high-speed operator on the Dover to France routes operated the biggest high-speed catamaran of its kind at the time (2009), the Incat 112, the first of which to arrive was the Norman Arrow (LDLines.com, 2009). LDLines now operates from Portsmouth, its Dover to France route having ceased in 2010.
More information and technical specifications can be found within Incat's Incat 112 Specifications.
Brief specifications for Incat 112 catamaran
Source: LDLines.com, 2009 ; Incat, 2009
|Cruising speed||40kts (at 80% of maximum power)|
|Max. Power Output||36,000 kW|
|Main engines||4 x 9,000kW MAN 28/33D marine diesel engines|
|Waterjets||4 x Wartsila LJX 1500SR waterjets configured for steering and reverse|
|Max. Car load||417|
|Vehicle combination||195 cars, 30 freight|
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