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Fjord Cat

Fjord Cat in Hirtshals
Name: HSC Fjord Cat
Operator: 1998-1999: Cat Link
1999-2005: Mols-Linien
2005-2007: Master Ferries
2007 onwards Fjord Line
Builder: Incat, Tasmania, Australia
Yard number: 049
Launched: 1998
Homeport: 1998 onwards: Bahamas
Identification: IMO number: 9176060
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5,619 GT
Length: 91.30 meters
Beam: 26.0 meters
Draught: 3.70 meters
Installed power: 4 × Ruston V20RK 270 (28800kW total)
Propulsion: 4 × KaMeWa 112F11 waterjets
Speed: 41 knots (76 km/h) service speed
48 knots (89 km/h) maximum speed
Capacity: 900 passengers
240 cars

HSC Fjord Cat is an Incat-built, ocean-going catamaran. It is one of the world's fastest car carrying passenger vessels and holds the record for the fastest eastbound transatlantic journey. (However, only a more difficult westbound journey would technically qualify for the Blue Riband). In 1998/1999, the ship sailed as Cat-Link V on the Århus-Kalundborg route in Denmark—then operated by Scandlines. From 1999 to 2005 it sailed as Mads Mols for Mols-linien. From 2005 to 2006 it was renamed Incat 049 by T&T Ferries in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2006 it was renamed Master Cat and has since been operating on the route between Kristiansand in Norway and Hanstholm in Denmark, later changed to Hirtshals, in the service of "Master Ferries". This company was merged with Fjord Line on January 1, 2008[1] and the ferry was renamed Fjord Cat.

Sister ships

Express is fitted with an additional lounge towards the stern on the upper deck and large panoramic window.


  1. ^, December 3, 2007 visited November 27, 2008 (Norwegian)
  •, Vessel registry info
  •, photo gallery and information from builder
  • Record at
Preceded by
Atlantic Eastbound Record
1998 – present
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