Great Ships of 2018: Halunder Jet

By Peter Pospiech

Fast and comfortable to Heligoland with Halunder Jet

The work took just over a year, the big day becomes finally reality: the successor to the former HALUNDER JET is ready. Around 250 shipyard employees and 60 employees from Förde Reederei Seetouristik, Flensburg, Germany, worked on the catamaran in the AUSTAL shipyard in Cebu. 

After 15 years of loyal service, the company, FRS, finally said goodbye to the old HALUNDER JET in the fall of 2017. It was hauled to the west coast of America, where, as CLIPPER V, it will carry traffic between Seattle in the USA and Victoria on Vancouver Island (Canada).

Halunder means Heligoland and is the dialect of the North Frisian language spoken on the German island of Heligoland in the North Sea. The new catamaran sets new standards, in particular when it comes to comfort: wider seats, more legroom and, above all, an even better view. The captivating interior was designed by Australian design office Spear Green. Its bright and friendly atmosphere invites visitors to linger. Nine panoramic windows, a 4-zone air-conditioning system, several flat screens and a roughly 200 m2 open-air deck ensure that Heligoland fans will enjoy an even more modern and comfortable trip in future – indeed, for many their arrival on board becomes the vacation. Measuring 56 meters in length, the new vessel can accommodate around 680 Heligoland lovers – 20% more than before. Four MTU engines (type: 16V4000M63L), four auxiliary generators (type: Volvo D5A TA) and four Kamewa S71 waterjets propel the catamaran to a maximum speed of 36 knots (67 km/h).

New features:

• 20% more seats

• 228 qm suddeck on the upper and bridge deck (Compared to former HALUNDER JET the open spaces have increased by a total of six times.)

• VIP Balcony for Comfort Class guests

• 4-zone air-conditioning system

• comfortable seats with USB port

Halunder Jet Main Particulars
Type of vessel  HSC, passenger B type
Classification  DNV-GL
Year, No of built  2018, hull #418
Building Yard  Austal Philippines
Length  56.4 m
Breadth  14.0 m
Max draft  2.5 m
Tonnage  1,223 GT
Crew  18
Main engines  4 x MTU 16V4000M63L, each 2.240 kW
Aux. engines  4 x Volvo D5A TA, each 85 kW
Jets  4 x KaMeWa S71-4
Gearbox  4 x ZF 7650 NR2H
Service speed  34.6 knots
Passengers  680 plus 12 wheelchair spots
Charter of Class  Hull, 1A1 HSLC R2 Passenger EO cat B
Flag   Cyprus, Limassol

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 38,  Dec 2018

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