hsc Express     Cairnryan to Larne

Passengers:  900 Cars:  220 Built:  1997 Speed:  48 knots


INCAT 047
12th May 1997 Laid Down
24th April 1998 Launched
16th May 1998 Delivered to Buquebus SA, Montevideo, Uruguay. Registered Las Palmas, Spain
25th May 1998 Departed Australia for New York
6th June 1998 Departed New York for Ceuta via England. Awarded the Blue Ribbon Trophy following a crossing time of 3 days, 9 hours and 55 minutes with an average speed of 36.65kts
20th June 1998 Named Catalonia and entered service between Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca

Catalonia
12th May 1997 Laid Down
1st October 1998 Entered service between Ceuta and Algeciras via Malaga
April 2000 Chartered to P&O European Ferries, Nassau, Bahamas and renamed Portsmouth Express

Portsmouth Express
16th April 2000 Entered service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg
October 2000 Service and charter suspended for Winter
14th March 2001 Chartered to P&O European Ferries, Nassau, Bahamas and entered service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg
6th November 2001 Service and charter suspended for Winter
March 2002 Chartered to P&O European Ferries, Nassau, Bahamas and entered service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg
1st October 2002 Service and charter suspended for Winter
1st October 2002 Renamed Catalonia

Catalonia
11th April 2003 Marketing name applied "Express" and chartered to P&O European Ferries, Nassau, Bahamas and entered service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg
30th September 2003 Service and charter suspended for Winter
November 2003 Renamed Express

Express
April 2004 Marketing name applied "Cherbourg Express" and chartered to P&O European  Ferries, Nassau, Bahamas and entered service between Portsmouth and Cherbourg
October 2004 Service suspended for winter and laid up at Birkenhead
March 2005 Charted to P&O Irish Ferries, marketing name dropped
13th March 2005 Departed Birkenhead for Larne, via Liverpool and Douglas
16th March 2005 Entered service between Cairnryan and Larne
2nd June to 23rd June 2005 Operated extra sailings at night on charter to the Isle of Man Steam Packet between Larne and Douglas
October 2005 Service suspended for winter
15th March 2006 Entered service between Cairnryan and Larne
2nd October 2006 Service suspended for winter
16th March 2007 Entered service between Cairnryan/Troon and Larne
29th May 2007 to 11th June 2007 Operated extra sailings at night on charter to the Isle of Man Steam Packet  between Larne and Douglas
10th October 2007 Service suspended for winter
15th March 2008 Entered service between Cairnryan/Troon and Larne