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-Hellenic Seaways

Built in 1996 (age 27). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: None (under refit in Piraeus)

The high speed catamaran FLYINGCAT 5 was built in 1996 in Norway, for the German company Weiße Flotte. She was introduced on the Greifswald-Bodden-Warnemünde-Travemünde-Rødby-Fehmarn-Gedser line on the Baltic Sea, under the name HANSE JET. The following year, she was transferred to the Lauterbach-Świnoujście line, where she remained until 2000. That year, she was chartered to the company FRS Iberia/Maroc, and was deployed on the Tarifa-Tangier Med line. She returned again to that company under charter in 2001, this time operating on the Gibraltar-Tangier Med line. In 2002, she was chartered to the Italian company Larivera Lines, and was deployed on the Ancona-Split line on the Adriatic Sea. She returned on that line again in 2003, though that year she was chartered by SNAV. After a brief return on the Cuxhaven-Heligoland line on the North Sea with Weiße Flotte, she was again chartered to FRS Iberia/Maroc in 2004, and was deployed on the Tarifa-Tangier Med line, as well as on the Ceuta-Tangier Med line. After the summer of 2004, she and her fleetmate and sister ship, the HANSE JET II, were sold to Hellas Flying Dolphins, and were renamed FLYINGCAT 5 and FLYINGCAT 6, respectively. Both ships were deployed on the Sporades in 2005, operating on the Volos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos line. Hellas Flying Dolphins became Hellenic Seaways in that same year, but the FLYINGCAT 5 remained on the Sporades, continuing to operate on the Volos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos line, while also operating on the Agios Konstantinos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos line alternatively with the FLYINGCAT 6. She remained on the Sporades until 2014, when she was transferred to the Saronic Gulf, being deployed on the Piraeus-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line. She returned to the Agios Konstantinos-Volos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos line in 2015, before returning again to the Saronic Gulf, once more on the Piraeus-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line in 2017. In 2018, she returned yet again to the Agios Konstantinos-Volos-Skiathos-Skopelos-Alonissos line. In 2019 she was back on the Volos-Skiathos-Skepelos-Alonissos line. In 2020 she once again returned to the Saronic Gulf, as she was inserted on the Piraeus-Aegina-Agistri-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line. In 2022 she was back on the Piraeus-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line, although she again operated on the Piraeus-Aegina-Agistri-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli line in 2023.

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