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The Fastest & Biggest Catamaran Ferries

Catamaran Ferries are faster than traditional ‘monohull' ferries. These ferries can achieve much higher speeds. In Europe, you have several of these fast catamaran connections that you can take.

Take for instance the ferry on the connection between Hirtshals and Kristiansand:

Fjord FSTR Bron:
Source:, The Fjord FSTR. with max 37 Knots and a 1200 capacity

The Fastest Ferry

The Franciso ferry remains the fastest ferry, built by Incat:

HSC Francisco is a High-Speed Catamaran built by Incat in Hobart, Tasmania. Powered by liquefied natural gas, she is currently the fastest passenger ship in service, reaching a speed of 58 knots (107 km/h; 67 mph). The propulsion is by two GE LM2500 water jets. Connecting Buenos Aires with Montevideo.

Francisco Ferry: The fastest ferry in the world.

A ferry connection is considered fast if more than 40 knots can be achieved. Only ferry catamarans make this. Boats that are often high and therefore have less friction with the water.

All fast Catamaran connections in Europe

Catamaran connections in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea

  • Several Ferries in Denmark:
    • Aarhus – Odden
    • Rønne – Ystad (2 pieces)
  • Gothenburg (Sweden) – Frederikshavn (Denmark)
  • Gran Canaria – Fuerteventura ( Leonora Christina )
  • Hirtshals (Denmark) and Kristiansand (Norway)
  • Viking FSTR – Helsinki to Tallinn (Very fast!)
Bajamar Express
Beautiful fast catamaran ferry: The Bajamar Express.

You also have these ferries in the British Isles, including from Stranraer to Belfast and ferries from England to the Channel Islands. Since these often change locations, it is difficult to pin them to one location or connection.

You also recently have more of these High-Speed ​​ferries available around Greece.

The Largest Catamaran Ferry


The largest diesel-powered catamaran ferry is the HSC Express 1 and 2 between Aarhus and Odden (as well as Rønne and Ystad) in Denmark. More information about this catamaran can be found here on Wikipedia . The newer variants of this Ferry. For example, the HSC Express 3 is slightly smaller, so it may well be the case that these will remain the fastest and largest catamarans in the world for a very long time.

UPDATE: By the way, the Express 5 will eventually become the largest.

Sometimes you hear that the Hodor pleasure yacht ( Astilleros Armon ) is the largest catamaran with 60 meters, but this is incorrect. It is much smaller than the HSC Express at 112.6 meters.

Images of the highest-speed Catamarans in the world

New High Speed Ferry Santorini
Speed: 37 Knots, Naxos Jet, SeaJets, 700 passengers.
Condor Vitesse Weymouth Harbor
Speed: 35 knots, HSC Condor 10, now active in South Korea as Hanil Blue Narae
Passenger Ferry on the Thames
Speed: 35 knots, Express Jessica W, 400 passengers. Active on Block Island / US.
Tenerife Fred Olsen Ferry
Fred Olsen – High Speed Ferry on the Tenerife line
Unknown Catamaran Ferry
Unknown (must be fast) Catamaran ferry vessel.
Catamaran Ferry in Macau
Catamaran Ferry in Macau
Catamaran Ferry on Hawaii - Interisland
Catamaran Ferry on Hawaii – Inter island
Catamaran Ferry Istanbul
Catamaran Ferry Istanbul

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  1. The Bajamar Express is a beauty, love to see more of these catamaran ferries in Europe!

  2. The White Blue ferry is the Iris 6.1 Catamaran Passenger Ferry. I think the project failed:

    ” The philosophy underpinning the design concept was the need to achieve three important targets. Most importantly, it had to be able to transport passengers in comfort. In order to impose a mimimal environmental impact on ports, estuaries and banks, it had to generate a low wake at all operational speeds. Lastly, it had to meet these standards without negatively influencing the hull form, which was designed to maximise speed and economy.”

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