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Catamaran Ferries are faster than traditional ‘monohull' ferries. These ferries can achieve much higher speeds. In Europe, you have several of these fast catamaran connections that you can take.

Take for instance the ferry on the connection between Hirtshals and Kristiansand:

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The Franciso ferry remains the fastest ferry, built by Incat:

HSC Francisco is a High-Speed Catamaran built by Incat in Hobart, Tasmania. Powered by liquefied natural gas, she is currently the fastest passenger ship in service, reaching a speed of 58 knots (107 km/h; 67 mph). The propulsion is by two GE LM2500 water jets. Connecting Buenos Aires with Montevideo .

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A ferry connection is considered fast if more than 40 knots can be achieved. Only ferry catamarans make this. Boats that are often high and therefore have less friction with the water.

Catamaran connections in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea

  • Aarhus – Odden
  • Rønne – Ystad (2 pieces)
  • Gothenburg (Sweden) – Frederikshavn (Denmark)
  • Gran Canaria – Fuerteventura ( Leonora Christina )
  • Hirtshals (Denmark) and Kristiansand (Norway)
  • Viking FSTR – Helsinki to Tallinn (Very fast!)

Bajamar Express

You also have these ferries in the British Isles, including from Stranraer to Belfast and ferries from England to the Channel Islands. Since these often change locations, it is difficult to pin them to one location or connection.

You also recently have more of these High-Speed ​​ferries available around Greece.

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The largest diesel-powered catamaran ferry is the  HSC Express 1 and 2  between Aarhus and Odden (as well as Rønne and Ystad) in Denmark. More information about this catamaran can be found  here on Wikipedia  . The newer variants of this Ferry. For example, the HSC Express 3 is slightly smaller, so it may well be the case that these will remain the fastest and largest catamarans in the world for a very long time.

UPDATE: By the way, the  Express 5  will eventually become the largest.

Sometimes you hear that the Hodor pleasure yacht (  Astilleros Armon  ) is the largest catamaran with 60 meters, but this is incorrect. It is much smaller than the HSC Express at  112.6 meters .

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The Bajamar Express is a beauty, love to see more of these catamaran ferries in Europe!

The White Blue ferry is the Iris 6.1 Catamaran Passenger Ferry. I think the project failed:

” The philosophy underpinning the design concept was the need to achieve three important targets. Most importantly, it had to be able to transport passengers in comfort. In order to impose a mimimal environmental impact on ports, estuaries and banks, it had to generate a low wake at all operational speeds. Lastly, it had to meet these standards without negatively influencing the hull form, which was designed to maximise speed and economy.”

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The ferry is still active somewhere in Croatia. When you spot it let us know 🙂

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Betancuria Express is the largest highspeed catamaran of Fred. Olsen Express. You can enjoy the experience of traveling with one of the world’s largest highspeed ferries on the route between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura . Read our blog to find out more about the impressive vessel, the scheduled route and the on-board services.

The Betancuria Express vessel of Fred. Olsen Express in the open sea

The Betancuria Express sailing from Fuerteventura to Gran Canaria  © Fred. Olsen Express, 2010

Information about the vessel

The ferry was built in 2011 in Australia and it belongs to the fleet of Fred. Olsen Express since 2018. It travels between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, and it is one of the largest highspeed catamarans in the world !

How big is the Fred. Olsen Express ferry?

The highspeed catamaran Betancuria Express can accommodate up to 1598 passengers and 357 cars . It is 115 m long and 26.2 m wide.

The spacious garage of the Betancuria Express vessel of Fred. Olsen Express

The large garage of the Betancuria Express   © Fred. Olsen Express, 2010

How fast is the Fred. Olsen Express ferry?

The Betancuria Express ferry can travel at a speed of up to 70 km per hour (38 knots).

What are the onboard services?

Although the trip is short, there are quite a few services to make you feel comfortable and enjoy the journey. The Betancuria Express  is a modern vessel with state-of-the-art amenities both for grown-ups and kids. You can spend your time gazing at the open sea, relaxing at the comfy seats, watching videos, or playing with your kids. Here's a breakdown of the onboard services:

  • Entertainment : there’s free Wi-Fi service on board the Fred. Olsen Express ferry. You can stream your favorite series or catch up with your loved ones. You can also access the free on-board entertainment platform for live TV, series, movies, games, and music.
  • Gastronomy : you can enjoy a snack or a drink at the ferry’s cafeterias and bars . There’s a selection of refreshments and food items to choose from.
  • Accommodation : the Betancuria Express features comfortable spacious seating to relax and enjoy the sea views. Put on your headphones, listen to music and lay back. You may want to upgrade to a Gold Class fare for priority boarding, access to a premium lounge, as well as complimentary drinks and meals. There’s also a large garage for your car, motorcycle, or caravan.
  • Families : families traveling with children can access the digital kids’ entertainment services for free. There’s an interactive game zone and children TV programs on the On Board Club platform. You can also find a game room with board games.
  • Shopping : there are a few shops , where you can buy gifts, souvenirs, food, and other memorabilia. 

Seating area and bar at the ferry lounge of Betancuria Express

Enjoy a cup of coffee at the premium class ferry lounge  © Fred. Olsen Express, 2010

Where does the Betancuria Express ferry travel?

The largest ferry of Fred. Olsen Express travels between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura . The ferry trip takes around 2 hours . Traveling with Fred. Olsen Express’ largest catamaran is the fastest way to get from the port Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Morro Jable in Fuerteventura.

The route is in operation throughout the year and tickets start at around  €47 . The highspeed catamaran normally departs from Gran Canaria once or twice a day. The earliest ferry usually leaves at 09:30 and arrives in Fuerteventura around 11:30 . The evening ferry departs at 22:00 , reaching Morro Jable at 22:15 .

Tip : you can also catch a ferry between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura with Naviera Armas and Trasmediterránea .

View towards the sandy beaches of Barlovento and Cofete in Fuerteventura, Spain

The meeting point of the magical beaches of Barlovento and Cofete in Fuerteventura

Is the Betancuria Express ferry active?

Yes, the Fred. Olsen Express highspeed ferry is currently active , operating on the route between Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

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EXPRESS 5 THE NEW BIGGEST FAST Ferry ON THE WAY TO BORNHOLM

When in 2018 BORNHOLM LINE took over ferry transport to Bornholm, thereby significantly reducing ticket prices - the number of visitors to the island increased rapidly and set new records in 2019. The increase in visitors to the island also had the desired effect. The tourism industry and related businesses on Bornholm have created new growth and new jobs. However, the greater number of visitors to the island created a problem with finding places for them on the ferries. From the outset, it turned out that there were not enough connections on the most important route between Rønne and Ystad. BORNHOLM LINE announced at a press conference in autumn 2019 that the world's largest high-speed ferry will be delivered to Bornholm in spring 2022.

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Construction of the EXPRESS 5 ferry

The largest high-speed ferry in the world, Express 5, is produced in the Australian shipyards in Cebu, Philippines and Vung Tau, Vietnam. Currently, around 200 men are working to prepare the high-speed ferry by spring 2022, and as construction progresses, more staff will be assigned to the project. All parts of the ship will be finally assembled at the Philippine Austal shipyard, where the high-speed ferry will be completed and then tested. Construction began on July 8, 2020, and will take almost two years.

Construction of the EXPRESS 5 Bornholm ferry

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EXPRESS 5 The new BORNHOLM LINE high-speed ferry

The Express 5 will be the largest catamaran in the world with a capacity of 1,610 passengers and 450 cars and will travel at a speed of 37 knots. It is powered by a medium-speed LNG-adapted power plant that offers a powerful, yet an economical and environmentally friendly solution.

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Powering the world’s largest zero-emissions, lightweight catamaran ferry for Buquebús

What will power the world’s largest zero-emissions, lightweight catamaran ferry?

Electric ships powered by batteries are becoming more and more interesting for companies who want to be more sustainable. One interesting example is a new ferry being built by Incat Tasmania, ordered by Buquebús. 

The new ferry will be the world’s largest zero-emissions, lightweight catamaran ferry, and it will be powered by a battery electric propulsion system and waterjets from Wärtsilä. It will be the biggest battery electric ship ever built.

Incat’s long-term South American customer, Buquebús will have the vessel to operate between Argentina and Uruguay. It has an overall length of 130 m and will have the capacity to carry 2,100 passengers and 225 vehicles. 

The equipment from Wärtsilä is scheduled to be delivered in the latter part of the year 2024. The vessel itself is scheduled to be delivered to Buquebús in 2025.

The deal was first published in a press release in August  2023.

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Power from batteries and eight electric waterjets

This catamaran vessel will be fully battery-powered, and waterjets will be the main power for its electric motor.

In all, the vessel will have the benefit from the following solutions from Wärtsilä:

  • power conversion system
  • the smart Energy Management System
  • DC shore charging system
  • 40 MWh battery modules
  • eight electric motors
  • eight Wärtsilä axial flow WXJ1100 waterjets
  • ProTouch propulsion control system.  

The package of the battery modules and energy storage system will yield 4 times the power of any of the ones on today’s electric or hybrid ships.

The propulsion system to be delivered

Eight main propulsors, compact and lightweight axial flow WXJ1100 waterjets which are designed and optimized for medium speed 25 knots operation. The waterjets are driven by eight very efficient permanent magnet e-motors in a compact and lightweight design.

The propulsion system to be delivered

The propulsion, battery and energy storage systems to be delivered

The battery modules and energy storage system package can provide four times the efficiency than any other electric/hybrid ship currently operating.

Rendering from ferry Incat Tasmania

A synergetic relationship between Incat and Wärtsilä

Incat has had a practically synergistic relationship with the Wärtsilä Waterjets team for more than 30 years. During this time, Incat’s catamarans have got faster and bigger – and much more efficient.

Surprisingly, the waterjets built for this world’s largest zero-emissions catamaran ferry  – were not larger than before. In fact, they were smaller, tens of tonnes lighter than on previous INCAT installations, and optimised for medium speed (25 knots) operation.

Incat and Wärtsilä have even broken a world speed record together. In 2012, Wärtsilä’s two 1720mm axial flow waterjets powered Buquebús vessel Francisco, which reached the astonishing speed of 58.1 knots (107.6 km/h), making it the world’s fastest ship. It holds a record from Guinness Book of Records.

To date, Wärtsilä has delivered over 200 waterjets to Incat Shipyard.

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Disposal experts remove the bomb from the scene at St Michael Avenue on the back of a specialised vehicle

‘It’s been scary’: German bomb detonated in the sea off Plymouth

Residents tell of concerns and community spirit after discovery and removal of 500kg second world war explosive

Usually as the weekend approaches, the streets, shops and pubs around Devonport, the largest naval dockyard in western Europe , hum with life.

But an eerie hush fell over the area on Friday after more than 10,000 people were evacuated from homes and workplaces so a second-world-war bomb dropped on Plymouth by the Luftwaffe could be extracted from a back garden.

Police cleared parks, ferries stopped running, trains were halted, schools shut and there was a collective holding of breath as a military convoy transported the 500kg bomb very slowly through the terraced streets that tumble down to a slipway leading to the River Tamar.

Police close the road to the Torpoint ferry crossing slipway on the Tamar

From there, it was floated out into Plymouth Sound, past Drake’s Island and the breakwater, accompanied by two navy bomb disposal divers, to be detonated far away from the city’s streets. The munition was detonated at sea on Friday night.

Lt Col Rob Swan, of the 11 Ordnance and Search regiment, said the bomb would be lowered 14 metres below the surface and the detonation “wouldn’t be as Hollywood as some people would like to imagine” – perhaps a modest “splash”.

It was a satisfactory conclusion to a difficult few days for the people who live near the property in the neighbourhood of Keyham where the bomb was discovered.

“Funny old week really, wasn’t it?” said Cassie Dunton, who works in a motorcycle shop close to the dockyard. “Strange times. You wonder how many more of these bombs are out there waiting to be found. What’s been nice is that everyone has stuck together. It’s a great community here. We look after each other.”

The decision to move the bomb was communicated to everyone in the area via their mobile phones using the government’s severe alert system, believed to be the first time it has been used for a real emergency.

A message on a smart watch reads: Issued by Plymouth City Council. The WWII bomb found in Keyham will be …’

People poured out of their houses and into cars. Dockyard workers packed up and left. “It feels a bit like one of those evacuations you see in a disaster movie,” said Steve Jones as he left the shop where he worked. “Only without the disaster, as long as they don’t hit one of those big potholes.”

The Ministry of Defence said it had been one of the largest evacuations of civilians in the UK since, appropriately, the end of the second world war. And that 30 of the armed forces’ most experienced bomb disposal experts have “worked around the clock” since Tuesday on the operation.

The MoD added the munition had been been towed behind a Navy vessel and submerged to a “safe depth” at sea.

The drama – not disaster – began when a builder hit something solid with a spade on St Michael Avenue. At first he thought it was just a rusty piece of metal. On closer inspection the size and shape gave him pause and the police were called.

Plymouth city council declared a major incident on Tuesday and everyone who lived within 200 metres – about 1,200 people – was asked to leave.

A woman carries a bag and wheels a suitcase along a pavement

As the residents departed, police officers, firefighters, more than 100 military personnel – including the Royal Navy’s explosive ordnance disposal team – search and rescue experts and emergency response charities arrived. In all, about 1,000 professionals were involved.

Between July 1940 and April 1944, the people of Plymouth experienced 602 alerts and 59 bombing raids , resulting in the deaths of 1,174 civilians. More than 4,000 properties were destroyed and 18,000 were damaged.

This bomb was a big one, and its position – wedged under fragmented concrete close to homes – made it hard to deal with.

The cordon was extended on Thursday, to precisely 309 metres, taking in 1,219 properties and about 3,250 people. The council advised residents to take any household documents with them, open windows – to reduce the chance of them breaking if there was a blast – and remove cars.

A rest centre was opened at the Life Centre leisure complex, and the Red Cross arrived to help.

People fretted about left-behind pets and photo albums and worried that their insurance would not cover an “act of war”. Jordan Brett, who was staying in a hotel, said he was concerned about his rabbits. “If there’s a controlled explosion there, we’ll definitely have to get our two rabbits before that,” he said.

Most were prepared to wait patiently, recapturing a bit of the Blitz spirit that Plymouth showed 80 years ago. “You need to sit tight,” the delivery driver Matt Wake told a BBC Radio Devon phone-in. “Be the best British people you can be. Put the kettle on.”

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The streets cordoned off included some of those where Jake Davison shot dead five people in August 2021 . Some mentioned the tragedy, others said the situation reminded them of the streets in Covid times.

People were relieved when the decision was made to remove the bomb, which led to thousands more evacuations and a third cordon being set up along the proposed route of the convoy. It meant a total of 4,300 properties and 10,320 people were affected. “People just want it sorted,” said a corner shop owner, Ronny Christian. “It’s been scary.”

Olivia Elliott, whose dining room was just a metre away from where the bomb was found, said her family had to “totally gut” their home to prepare for an explosion.

She wrote on Facebook: “Words can’t even begin to describe the rollercoaster of emotions and turmoil we have been through these past few days.”

She said they had prepared for the worst and, helped by service personnel, loaded all their possessions into removal vans.

“The house looks like it’s been ransacked, with windows left open and sand bags piled inside for protection, but we will take this over having no house left at all,” she said. “Our street as a whole has been through hell the last few nights with no sleep and endless calls to see if we would be insured.”

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Andrew Barr, a research fellow at the University of Sheffield who specialises in blast and impact dynamics, said the bomb was capable of destroying houses in the surrounding streets and severely damaging water and gas mains. Fragmentation of the steel casing could cause widespread damage and injury.

Moving the bomb was not without danger, Barr said. “There are certainly risks involved in handling the bomb and transporting it through densely populated parts of the city for disposal at sea. The decision to do so won’t have been taken lightly,” he said.

The resolution was a relief for Gill Sibley, 83, who spent Friday at the Life Centre with her granddaughter, Mel, and two great-grandchildren, Poppy and Gracie-May. “Police told us it would be a very big bang if it went off,” she said.

“It’s been a bit inconvenient, but the main thing is that nobody has been hurt. We’ll be back to normal soon enough.”

Finally, at 5.30pm on Friday, Plymouth city council put out the message Keyham residents had been waiting for: they could return to their homes.

“We have been notified by the military that the operation has been a success and the bomb has been removed from the area,” the council said.

Plymouth’s city council leader, Tudor Evans, thanked everyone involved and said it had brought out a “war-like spirit” in the city.

“I think it is fair to say that the last few days will go down in history for Plymouth. This wartime bomb has really brought out wartime spirit, people coming together to really support each other, and whilst it has been really tough – we got through it.”

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The first of 15 Carbon Composite Catamaran type passenger ferries of IzmirMetropolitan Municipality was launched today at Özata Shipyard in Yalova.

With the completion of the tender process in June 2013, Özata Shipyard isamong the first projects in the world in the field of ferries, which started to bebuilt in Turkey. Constructed of carbon fiber material, 39 meters long and 11.6meters wide, the catamaran type ferries will have a capacity of 420 + 6passengers and a service speed of 18 knots (miles). The last two ferries willoperate at a service speed of 30 knots (mph). Ferries which have a longerlifespan and are more fuel efficient due to their lightness compared to steel,are called environmentally friendlyvessels.

‘Çakabey’, which is the largest carbon fiber ferry in the world and whoseproduction was completed in approximately eight months, and the 14 ferriesthat will follow with an interval of 90 days will be used as the new maritimetransportation vehicle of Izmir in the coming days.

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Buquebus orders largest 100% electric high-speed catamaran ferry in the world

A computerized rendering by Incat Group of what Buquebús' environmentally friendly boat would look like

Shipbuilders Incat Tasmania has begun construction of what they claim will be the world's largest electric ferry boat. The 130-meter-long unit has been ordered by Buquebús, the company offering passenger services between Buenos Aires and the Uruguayan ports of Colonia and Montevideo through the Río de la Plata. It will have room for 2,100 travelers and 226 vehicles, it was reported.

Plans for the ninth Incat vessel to join the Buquebus fleet were originally announced in 2019. That original design called for two aluminum hulls connected to a bridging section. Its top speed was expected to be around 37.5 knots. Incat Tasmania is expected to deliver the new unit by 2025.

“Originally, this 130-meter ferry was to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, but after some discussions with the client, we were asked to replace the LNG plant with a zero-emission, battery-electric solution,” the company explained in a press release.

Incat Group founder and chairman Robert Clifford explained that “the customer wants this to happen, Incat wants this to happen, and whilst there are matters to be finalized, I am extremely confident that Incat can deliver this ground-breaking ship.”

“Obviously, there will always be the need for power supply in the ports that the ship will be visiting, but we understand that this is progressing positively. The batteries and electric motors have already been confirmed by our suppliers, to ensure that they will be able to deliver the necessary technology in the time frame we need it,” Clifford went on.

“In my experience, unless we see something come in from left field, this is a done deal,” he added.

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The largest catamaran passenger fast ferry built in a Philippine shipyard, fitted with hybrid-fuel engine technology for lower emissions and greater economy, has been delivered on schedule to shipping company Molslinjen of Denmark.

Express 5, the sleek-looking 115-meter high-speed ferry built in the Austal Philippines shipyard is the largest vessel constructed in the company’s 35-year history. The catamaran ferry will ply the route between Ystad in Sweden and Rønne, the largest town on the Danish island of Bornholm.

Following its fit-out work in the last quarter of 2022, the catamaran ferry was scheduled for delivery early in the first quarter of this year. Express 5 finally set sail for Rønne, Denmark on March 24, 2023, after the successful completion of sea trials in Balamban, Cebu.

The catamaran ferry boasts of the following features:

  • Capacity for 1,610 passengers
  • Space for 450 cars (or 617 lane metres for trucks plus 257 cars)
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  • Operating service speed of 37 knots
  • Powered by an LNG-capable, medium-speed power plant that offers a powerful yet economic and environmentally friendly solution
  • Leather-appointed reclining seats with USB ports
  • Full bistro and bar
  • Children’s play area
  • Multiple audio-visual screens

The Express 5 was designed by the Austal Australia team to include Austal’s proprietary Motion Control and MARINELINK-Smart systems that help deliver a smoother journey for passengers and crew and a more efficient, better performing, ‘smart’ ship for operators. The vessel

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Austal Limited Chief Executive Officer Paddy Gregg said the delivery of Express 5 was a testament to the resilience and capabilities of the Austal Philippines team who constructed the vessel through the COVID pandemic and following the effects of Super Typhoon Rai in 2021.

“Express 5 is the largest vessel, by volume, that Austal has ever constructed, and to deliver this new high-speed ferry despite the impact of the COVID pandemic over 2020 – 2022, and Super Typhoon Rai in 2021, is simply outstanding.

“Despite the challenges faced, the Austal Philippines team has delivered the most impressive vessel ever to join the Molslinjen fleet. The high-speed ferry performed exceptionally well during sea trials and will soon provide a class-leading service to Bornholm in Denmark,” Gregg said.

At the delivery ceremony, Austal Philippines President Wayne Murray praised his team for delivering 21 vessels from the Balamban, Cebu shipyard in just 10 years.

“Express 5 is the 21st ship delivered to an overseas operator by Austal Philippines, highlighting the tremendous value added to the Philippines shipbuilding industry since 2012.

“It’s fitting that our latest and greatest ship is also the largest ever delivered by an Austal shipyard, anywhere in the world – the team are rightly very proud and are to be congratulated,” Murray said.

The Philippine Embassy in Denmark remarked that the delivery of Austal Philippines’ second high-speed ferry to Denmark is a testament to the country’s growing expertise and capability in building world-class vessels at competitive prices.

“Valued at 83.63 million EUR, the ferry is expected to have a significant impact on tourism and connectivity for the island of Bornholm, increasing passenger capacity and car volume by more than 35%. With the introduction of the Express 5, travelers can look forward to a more comfortable and unforgettable journey across the Baltic Sea,” the Philippine Embassy stated.

Testaments to the Philippines and Filipinos’ ship-building capability include the Austal Philippines’ first wholly constructed passenger and cargo ship, the high-speed ferry Fjord FSTR, which set sail from Cebu to its new home in Hirtshals, Denmark in 2021, the first Philippine-made Ocean-Powered Hybrid Trimaran built in 2020 by Metallica Shipyard and supported by DOST-PCIEERD, Aklan State University, and MARINA, and the Antoine de Saint Exupery, one of the world’s biggest container ships built in 2018 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

WATCH the Express 5 showcase its seaworthiness during the sea trials in Cebu in the Austal Philippines video here .

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Scandinavian storm tears a roof off a Swedish train station and leaves ferries idle but no one hurt

Workers remove a piece of roof that was blown off by strong winds at the main train station in Goteborg, Sweden, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, causing no injuries but knocking out power and stopping all rail traffic in and out of Sweden’s second largest city. (Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT News Agency via AP)

Workers remove a piece of roof that was blown off by strong winds at the main train station in Goteborg, Sweden, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, causing no injuries but knocking out power and stopping all rail traffic in and out of Sweden’s second largest city. (Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT News Agency via AP)

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A storm packing strong winds in Sweden tore a roof off of the main train station in Goteborg on Friday, knocking out power and temporarily halting rail traffic in and out of the country’s second largest city. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The storm blustered along the coasts of southern Scandinavia overnight with the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute issuing its second highest warning Friday. Some 4,000 people were without power on Sweden’s west coast, the Swedish TT news agency said.

Photos from Goteborg, on Sweden’s western coast, showed part of a roof across the tracks at the central station, with local officials saying it was unclear when train traffic would resume. A bridge in the archipelago north of Goteborg was closed to traffic, the Swedish Aftonbladet newspaper said.

By midday, some of the tracks at the station were reopened at reduced capacity, Angelika Knutsson, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Transport Administration told the public broadcaster SVT.

In this photo provided by Mammoth Lakes Tourism, people snowboard at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. (Andrew Miller/Mammoth Mountain via AP)

Emergency services in Goteborg urged people to stay indoors because “loose objects can fly far and pose a danger to the public, such as building parts, signs, roof tiles and other loose objects outdoors.”

The Goteborg police said they received some 200 calls about trees being knocked down on roads overnight. “I have never seen anything like that,” Caroline Karlsson told TT.

Denmark’s Meteorological Institute said the storm, which it named Rolf, was mainly raging across the north and northwestern part of the country. Trees were blown over and flying objects were reported across the country, Danish media said.

Danish meteorologists measured gusts of 135.36 kilometers (84.11 miles) per hour in the north of the country.

The rear of the Danish frigate HDMS Esbern Snare, which was docked at the northern Denmark Naval Station in Frederikshavn, broke free because of the storm and slowly drifted into another frigate, HDMS Absalon, causing scratches in the hull but no major damage, local broadcaster TV2 said.

In Denmark, meteorologists said the storm was over. Martin Rundager, director of accident assistance at one of Denmark’s largest insurance companies, GF Forsikring, said the storm “managed to cause quite a bit of damage.” The company received some 100 reports of damage but expected that number to rise.

“We have gradually become accustomed to storms in Denmark at regular intervals,” Rundager said.

There were reports of flooded roads in southern Norway. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate had issued a flood warning for the area, and said rain and melting snow in the coming days could cause rivers and streams to spill over.

Authorities in Norway said there was a risk of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and Norwegian broadcaster NRK said ferry services and flights were expected to be canceled.

Several ferry lines in Scandinavia have temporarily suspended service.

The same region was hit in early February when a storm with hurricane-force winds — considered Norway’s most powerful storm in more than three decades — ripped off roofs, heightened avalanche risks, canceled flights and cut power as it raged in parts of the country.

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Euroferrys' Fast Ferry Features Cat 3618 Power

The world's largest diesel powered fast catamaran ferry has entered service for Spanish operator Euroferrys and is now working on a route between Algeciras in southern Spain and Ceuta the Spanish principality on the north African coast, across the strait of Gibraltar.

Euroferrys Pacifica is a 331 ft. (101 m) car ferry, which is the largest of Austal's flagship Auto Express type vessel and the largest high-speed catamaran in the world with diesel propulsion.

With an immersed hull length of 291 ft. (88.7 m), molded beam of 87 ft. (26.6 m) and hull draft of 14 ft. (4.2 m), Euroferrys Pacifica has a passenger capacity of 951 passengers and 251 cars. The propulsion package comprises 4 x Caterpillar 3618 engines, 4 x Reintjes VLJ6831 gearboxes and 4 x Kamewa 125 SII wateijets. The vessel's cruising speed, with a full complement of passengers and vehicles, is 37 knots.

The four Caterpillar 3618 engines are each rated for fast commercial vessel service at 7,200 bkW (9,770 mhp) at 1,050 rpm. The 333 liter, VI8 cylinder, 4-stroke Cat 3618 diesel engine weighs 36,000 kg and delivers one of the lowest levels of fuel consumption — 1,707 liters per hour at rated speed — of any high performance engine in the world.

A new Austal design innovation is a hoistable vehicle deck, which runs the entire length of the vessel, maximizing the capacity to carry private vehicles and commercial/freight vehicles. This hoistable deck has four hydraulically operated sections, which can be operated together or independently and can be raised or lowered in less than one minute.

The Auto Express 101 also has a 15- ton axle load — an increase on the 12- ton axle load of previous vessels — and 3.5 meter lane widths as well as bow doors which allow full utilization of the 341 freight lane meters on board.

The vessel's total vehicle deck offers approximately 1,190 lane meters (including the 341 freight lane meters) and typical vehicle mix aboard the Euroferrys Pacifica would comprise 251 cars or 96 cars and 16 semi-trailers or 20 trucks.

The vessel will be operating for 14 hours a day during peak season, with two interchangeable crews working for seven hours each.

All servicing and maintenance work on the Caterpillar engines will be carried out by engineers from Spanish Caterpillar dealer Finanzauto who have established a special workshop within the port of Algeciras in order to provide scheduled maintenance work and 24- hour emergency cover to support the Euroferrys operation.

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Built in 2013, and owned by the Argentine ferry company Buquebus, the HSC Francisco is a jet-powered catamaran ferry that operates the 140-mile (225-km) route across the Rio de la Plata estuary between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. With a top speed of 58.1 knots (67 mph; 107 km/h), it is the fastest ferry in the world.

The HSC Francisco , named after Pope Francis, the first Argentinian Pope, was built by Australian shipyard Incat in Hobart, Tasmania. It measures 99 m (325 ft) long by 26.48 m (86.9 ft) wide and has a gross tonnage of 7,109.

It is powered by two GE LM2500 gas turbine jet engines which can run on liquefied natural gas. Each develops 59,000 horsepower (43,394 kW), which in turn drive a pair of Wartsila LJX 1720 SR waterjets, propelling the ship forward.

The vessel can carry 1,024 passengers and 150 cars on each crossing.

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