Condor 11 has been a ship chartered by Condor Ferries during summer 2015.
|HSC Condor 11 (1995)|
|Maiden Voyage||May 1995|
|Shipyard||Incat, Hobart, Tasmania|
|Routes||Weymouth (GBR) - Channel Islands|
|Engines||4 engines Ruston 16RK270|
|Propulsion||4 waterjets Lips 1150 LX|
|Maximum Speed||36 knots|
|Passengers & Cargo|
|Garage||139 cars (@ 4.5m x 2.3m)|
In 1994, faced with the success of the Weymouth – Channel Islands high speed service, Condor 10 began having difficulties to cope with the growing traffic. Hence, Condor Ferries decided to charter a bigger ship for this route. Thus, it chose to charter a 78m-long vessel, which was an improvement of Condor 10’s design: Condor 11.
Condor 11 was to be introduced on the route by March 1995. However, during Sea Trials, Condor 11, mastered by Incat’s chairman Robert Clifford, grounded off the coasts of Tasmania whilst at high speed, damaging her hulls. Condor 11 had to go back to Incat’s shipyard in Hobart to enable repairs, delaying her introduction. Thus, Condor Ferries had to charter the 74m-long Seacat Isle of Man in order to replace Condor 11 until her delivery.
Condor 11 was eventually delivered in May 1995, but she soon appeared to be too small to operate this service and was sent back to her owners at the end of the summer. Moreover, Condor 11 had not been well welcomed by Condor Ferries’ customers whilst her design prevents her from reaching top speeds when loaded. Therefore, the company decided to charter Condor 12 for summer 1996.
In December 1995, Condor 11 was chartered in by Cat-Link which introduced her on their Arhus – Kalundborg service once renamed Cat Link (2). EuroFerrys chartered her in 1998, and renamed her Euroferrys (1) for service between Algeciras and Ceuta. She was renamed Euroferrys Primero in 2000.
She has been laid up in 2001 in Algeciras, and her name reverted to Cat Link (2) in October 2002. In December on the same year, she was renamed Elanora. She was chartered by Norwegian operator Jetlink AS Moss in 2004.
In April 2005, the ship was sold to El Salam Maritime, which renamed her Fares 2. Registered under the Saudi flag, she was sold again in February 2007, to Maritime Co for Navigation.
Her AIS has been disabled since 2010, and her last known position locates her in Jeddah. It is believed that she is laid up their, without her engines that have been removed.