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).
The catamaran has the following 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.). It has VIP Balcony for Comfort Class guests, 4-zone air-conditioning system, and comfortable seats with USB port.