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-Hellenic Seaways

Built in 1996 (age 28). Registered in Piraeus. Current line: Piraeus-Aegina-Agistri-Poros-Hydra-Ermioni-Spetses-Porto Cheli

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 on the Gibraltar Strait. 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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