Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dublin Port: HSC Jonathan Swift (aka Dublin Swift)

HSC Jonathan Swift (aka Dublin Swift) is a high-speed ferry and is currently owned and operated by Irish Ferries on their Dublin-Holyhead service. It is named after the Irish author Jonathan Swift.

Jonathan Swift was constructed by Austal Ships in Henderson, Australia, at a cost IR£29 million. The vessel was launched in February 1999 and was delivered to Dublin in May 1999, before entering service in July 1999.

The vessel is of a catamaran design. Power is provided by four Caterpillar 3618 diesel engines with a total output of 28,800 kW. The vessel employs four Kamewa waterjets for propulsion and has a service speed of 40 knots (75 km/h).

The Jonathan Swift was designed to allow quick turnarounds at port. It is equipped with a bow door which allows vehicles to drive on at either end and drive straight off at the end of the journey.

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