Condor 12 has been a Condor Ferries’ ship which has operated the Weymouth – Channel Islands service through summer 1996. She later came back in the fleet in 1997 as Rapide, when she replaced Condor Express which was drydocked to solve recurring engine failures.
HSC Condor 12 (1996)
HSC Condor Rapide (1997)
|Launch||17th February 1996|
|Maiden Voyage||24th February 1996|
|Shipyard||Incat, Hobart, Tasmania|
|Operator||Condor Ferries (1996 - 1997)|
|Routes||Weymouth (GBR) - Channel Islands|
|Port of Registry||Luxembourg|
|Engines||4 engines Ruston 16RK20|
|Propulsion||4 waterjets Lips LJ135D|
|Transmission||4 gearboxes Reintjes VLJ4431|
|Maximum Speed||44 knots max - 38 knots (service)|
|Passengers & Cargo|
|Garage||181 cars (@4.5m x 2.3m)|
In 1995, Holyman Group ordered a new High Speed Craft, which was launched on 1st March 1996 at the Incat shipyard in Hobart. Condor Ferries immediately chartered her in on the purpose of replacing Condor 11 on the Weymouth – Channel Islands service, until the delivery of a new larger vessel for summer 1997. Condor 12 operated the service between 8th August 1996 and 30th December 1997.
She was then sent back to Holyman which named her Holyman Rapide, for service between Oostende and Ramsgate. She however suffered a lot of engine failures during this time.
Between 09th February and 06th March 1998, Holyman Rapide was chartered in by Condor Ferries in order to replace Condor Express which was drydocked to enable repairs on her faulty engines. She was then known as Condor Rapide.
In March 2001, the ship was transferred to Sea Containers’ Liverpool – Douglas – Dublin service, operating her as Rapide. The following year, she was transferred on the Belfast | Heysham to Isle of Man service. Her starboard engine took fire on 21st August 2002, forcing her to sail back to Belfast. Service was thus discontinued and ship was only repaired in March 2003. She had been repaired only because she has been chartered in by Seacat for Summer 2003. Actually, Seacat was looking for a ship to replace their Seacat Scotland (transferred between Calais and Dover) on the Belfast – Troon service. She was registered in Nassau in 2003.
She terminated service on 1st November 2004, and set sail to Sunderland the following week. For summer 2005, she was transferred as Seacat Rapide on Hoverspeed’s Dover – Calais service. However the service closed on 7th November 2005 and the ship was laid up in Tilbury.
In June 2006, the ship was purchased by Balearia Ferries which renamed her Jaume (2). she has been since, operated on the Algeciras – Tanger route.