HSC Normandie Vitesse

Normandie Vitesse leaving Saint-Malo in her first livery.
HSC Normandie Vitesse. Ian BOYLE collection (Simplon Postcards).

Normandie Vitesse was built in 1997 by Australian shipyard Incat, and was initially named Incat 044. She was purchased by Condor Ferries in 1998, for service between Weymouth and Saint-Malo via the Channel Islands, and renamed Condor Vitesse.

After weeks of negotiations, Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries announced that they would operate a common daily summer-only service between Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and Poole between April and late-September 2001. The agreement planned that Condor Vitesse would operate the service, crewed by Condor Ferries. Brittany Ferries renamed her Normandie Vitesse when marketing the service (and sometimes only Vitesse). Brittany Ferries’ logo was painted on her stern. On her first year of service, she carried twice more passengers than hoped, and therefore the service was renewed the following years. On afternoons, Condor Vitesse was operating for Condor Ferries a Saint-Malo – Poole service via the Channel Islands.

In 2003, she was repainted to wear Brittany Ferries’ and Condor Ferries’ new logos.

After summer 2012, Brittany Ferries announced that their partnership with Condor Ferries would not be continued the following summer. Indeed, the company was offering too much capacity on the Cherbourg-en-Cotentin – Poole service, and it preferred to operate services only using Barfleur and Cotentin. Then, Condor Vitesse only operated summer-only services from Poole and year-round services from Weymouth to the Channel Islands.

The complete history of Condor Vitesse is available on this page.


Technical Datas of HSC Normandie Vitesse
HSC Normandie Vitesse (2001 - 2012)
The Ship
Launch 1997
Shipyard Incat, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Cost (1998) £23M
Owner Condor Ltd
Operator Condor Ferries
Routes Poole (GBR) - Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (FR)
IMO 91510008
MMSI 2094400000
Call Sign 5BFR4
Port of Registry Nassau, Bahamas
Technical Datas
Length 86.62m
Breadth 26.00m
Draught 03.50m
Gross Tonnage  5,005 GT
Deadweight 415 t
Engines specifications
Engines 4 Ruston 20RK270 engines
Propulsion 4 Lips LJ145D waterjets
Transmission 4 CVT Renk ASL60 gearboxes
Power 4 x 7,080 kW (@1,030 rpm)
Speed 48.00 knots (max) - 40.00 knots (service)
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers Capacity 741 passengers + 30 crew members
Seats 741 seats
Garage Capacity Up to 200 cars or a combination of 4 coaches and cars

Aboard Accommodations

Aboard Dining and Bar

  • Café; Main Deck.

Aboard Shopping

  • Duty Free Shop; Main Deck.

Ship plans

Passengers Accommodations

  • Standard seats lounge;
  • Reclining seats lounge;
  • Club lounge.

See Also


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  • In MarineTraffic, Maltenoz Ltd, 2015. [retrieved the 30/08/2016]. Available at www.marinetraffic.com ;
  • "HSC Champion Jet 1". In Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation and its writers, 2015. [retrieved the 16/12/2015]. Available at en.wikipedia.org.