Stena Sea Lynx
Stena Line's fast ferry pioneer was the Incat 74 metre Stena Sea Lynx, introduced at Holyhead under Senior Master Captain Hugh Farrell and Senior Chief Engineer Aled Jones during the summer of 1993. During her first six months in service on the Dun Laoghaire crossing the total market grew by over 200,000 passengers and 40,000 cars.
With capacity for 425 passengers and 88 cars the Stena Sea Lynx reduced the three hours and 30 minutes crossing time to just one hour and 50 minutes.
The immediate success of the Stena Sea Lynx led to the charter of the larger 78 metre Stena Sea Lynx II and on 26th June 1994 the Stena Sea Lynx moved to the Fishguard - Rosslare service.
Renamed Stena Lynx after the dropping of the Sealink brand at the end of 1995, the craft's charter expired at the end of 1998. During her five year British career the 'Lynx' also saw service on the Belfast - Stranraer, Newhaven - Dieppe and Dover - Calais routes.
After a brief charter to Virtu Ferries in Malta, the craft was sold to Korean operator Dae-A Gosok. Another sale came in 2008 and on 15th May that year she arrived at Pusan for refit and preparation for service in Tahiti. Funding problems brought the refit to a halt and in 2012 the vessel was still in Pusan.