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FLYINGCAT 3 (ΦΛΑΪΝΓK ΚΑΤ 3)

-Hellenic Seaways

Built in 1998 (age 26). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Piraeus-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli

The high speed catamaran FLYINGCAT 3 was built in the United Kingdom in 1998, as the ATHINA 2004 for the Greek company Goutos Lines. She operated on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Paros line. She was renamed SUPERCAT ATHINA for the 1999 season. She was bought by Minoan Flying Dolphins in 2000, and was renamed FLYINGCAT 3. She was deployed on the Rafina-Andros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Amorgos-Ios-Santorini line, while in 2003 she notably operated on the Rafina-Mykonos-Tinos-Syros-Kythnos-Kea-Lavrion line. In 2004 she was transferred to the Agios Konstantinos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos-Thessaloniki line, thus operating on the Sporades for the first time in her career. Her company became Hellenic Seaways in 2005, but she remained on the Sporades that year, as well as the next one, 2006 (where she was forced to miss a part of that year's summer season due to a major engine failure). In 2007 she was successfully deployed on the Piraeus-Sifnos-Folegandros-Santorini-Amorgos-Naxos-Paros-Syros line, before she was transferred to the Piraeus-Kythnos-Sifnos-Folegandros-Amorgos-Ios-Santorini line the following year. In 2009 she was deployed on the Rafina-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Ios-Santorini line. In 2010 she was deployed on a new inter-Cyclades service introduced by her company, operating on the Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Paros-Ios-Santorini line. In 2011 she returned to her previous base, Rafina, operating on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Ios-Santorini-Koufonisi-Amorgos line, while in 2012, she operated on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Ios-Santorini line. That summer, however, she suffered a major engine failure, causing her to miss the entire 2013 season, but she returned to service in the following year, being deployed on the Western Cyclades, on the Piraeus-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos-Folegandros line. In 2015 she was deployed on the Piraeus-Serifos-Sifnos-Koufonisi line, while also making additional trips on the Piraeus-Hydra-Spetses line on the Saronic Gulf. She was deployed full-time in that region in 2016, operating on the Piraeus-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Speteses-Porto Cheli line. In 2021 she returned to the Cyclades as she was deployed on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos line. In 2024 she once again returned to the Saronic Gulf, as she was inserted on the Piraeus-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line. The FLYINGCAT 3 is notable for having recorded the fastest-ever crossing made by a catamaran in Greece to date, having once reached a speed of 52 knots!

 

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