Related topics

Ferry Claims Transatlantic Record

June 10, 1998

CEUTA, Spain (AP) _ A Latin American ferry operator claimed the record Wednesday for fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a commercial passenger vessel: New York to North Africa in three days.

The 300-foot Catalonia arrived in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Tuesday evening, having averaged 40 knots _ about 46 mph _ since leaving New York on Sunday evening, said Ivonne Sentis, spokeswoman for Buquebus, the Argentine-Uruguayan owner.

The crossing took three days, nine hours and 55 minutes.

Hoverspeed Great Britain set the previous record with an average speed of 36.65 knots in 1990. Both ships were built by Incat Australia.

Winning the record carries with it the Hales Trophy, donated by British lawmaker Harold Hales in 1933, and first held by the Italian Liner Rez, which set a speed of 29 knots in the same year.

The ferry, will room for 900 passengers, will work the route between Barcelona and the resort island of Mallorca.

Update hourly