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-Hellenic Seaways

Built in 1999 (age 25). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: None (under refit in Piraeus)

The high speed catamaran FLYINGCAT 4 was built in the United Kingdom in 1999, and was delivered to Agapitos Lines under the name SEA SPEED 1 for service on the Cyclades, on the Piraeus-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos line. However, due to technical problems, she did not enter service for the company, and remained laid-up in Piraeus for the entire 1999 season. Later during that same year, Agapitos Lines was then transferred to Minoan Flying Dolphins. She was renamed FLYINGCAT 4 in 2000, and she joined along with fellow resembling catamaran FLYINGCAT 3 (although they are not sister ships), which had previously been operating as the SUPERCAT ATHINA for Goutos Lines, before the latter's company was also transferred to Minoan Flying Dolphins (which became Hellas Flying Dolphins in 2002 and then Hellenic Seaways in 2005). In her first season for Minoan Flying Dolphins, she operated on the Piraeus-Kythnos-Andros-Syros-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Ios-Santorini line. The ship then operated on the Agios Konstantinos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos-Thessaloniki line from 2001 to 2003, as she was replaced on this line by her fleetmate, the FLYINGCAT 3 the following summer (2004). From late 2003 to 2012, the high speed craft operated on the Heraklion-Santorini-Ios-Naxos-Paros-Mykonos line. When her fleetmate, the HIGHSPEED 5 (later the HIGHSPEED 7 and now the SANTORINI PALACE of Minoan Lines), was deployed on the line in 2013, the FLYINGCAT 4 operated on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Koufonisi-Amorgos line. In 2014 she was deployed on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Irakleia-Schoinousa line, while in 2015 she was assigned on the Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos-Ios-Santorini line. She grounded off in Tinos that summer, but she did not have any damage. In 2016, she returned to the Sporades for the first time since 2003, as she was deployed on the same line she had previously served, the Agios Konstantinos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos-Thessaloniki line. In 2017 she was deployed exclusively on the Thessaloniki-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos line. A year later, in 2018, she returned to the Cyclades and in Rafina, being deployed on the new Rafina-Tinos-Mykonos-Naxos-Ios-Sikinos-Folegandros line. That same summer she collided with the pier of the port of Rafina following an engine failure, but was immediately repaired and returned to service. In 2019, she was deployed on the Saronic Gulf for the first time, as she was assigned on the Piraeus-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line. 


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