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SpeedFerries
Dover-Boulogne  2004-2008


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SpeedFerries was a low cost ferry operator which started in May 2004 and continued in business until November 2008. It operated one route between Dover in England and Boulogne in France. It had only one high-speed ferry, called SpeedOne. Its founder and CEO was Curt Stavis, originally from Denmark.

SpeedFerries was the first low cost fast ferry operator in the English Channel, and faced considerable opposition from the existing ferry operators, whom SpeedFerries accused of acting unfairly and using illegal practices. These allegations included blocking berths to prevent ferries docking, spying, and hoax bomb scares. In response, SpeedFerries liveried its ship with 'Fight the Pirates' on the side.

Reports in the maritime press indicated that SpeedFerries had secured a second vessel for use in 2007 which was likely to be the Mastercat, a 91 m (299 ft) Incat catamaran which was to be replaced with a larger vessel by its owners, Master Ferries. However, Master Ferries were unable to secure the larger vessel so Mastercat was no longer available to SpeedFerries. Sailings to be operated by the second vessel were advertised on the SpeedFerries website. In May 2008, SpeedFerries bought SpeedOne from Incat.]

In February 2007, SpeedFerries signed a lease on the former Dover Hoverport, though not the terminal building, at Dover's Western Docks, and subsequently moved operations there in March 2007. Once the move was achieved, SpeedFerries was able to provide exclusive facilities in both of its ports as it no longer shared them with other operators.

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SpeedFerries
Dover-Boulogne  2004-2008

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SpeedOne
(SpeedFerries 2004-2008)

SpeedOne was the only vessel used on their Dover-Boulogne service. SpeedOne was built in 1997 by Incat Australia in Hobart as Incat 045. After various Australian charters she was chartered by the Australian Navy as HMAS Jervis Bay. In 1999 she ran between Darwin - Dili (East Timor). She was returned to Incat in 2001. After a brief charter in 2002 she was chartered by SpeedFerries and put into services as SpeedOne in 2004. In May 2008 she was bought by SpeedOne but was arrested on 6th November 2008 in Boulogne due to unpaid bills at the port. Subsequently she was sold to Condor.

 SpeedOne at Dover Eastern Docks in 2005
Photo: © Ian Boyle 7th May 2005
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 SpeedOne at Dover Eastern Docks in 2005
Photo: © Ian Boyle 21st May 2005
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 SpeedOne at Dover Eastern Docks in 2005
Photo: © Ian Boyle 9th July 2005
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 SpeedOne at Dover Eastern Docks in 2006
Seen from MV Balmoral on a Rye-London cruise
Photo: © Ian Boyle 6th June 2006
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 SpeedOne at Dover Western Docks in 2007
Photo: © Ian Boyle 22nd April 2007
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 SpeedOne at Dover Western Docks in 2007
Photo: © Ian Boyle 4th August 2007
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 SpeedOne at Dover Western Docks in 2008
Photo: © Ian Boyle 4th August 2008
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 SpeedOne at Dover Western Docks in 2008
Photo: © Ian Boyle 18th August 2008
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