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FAST CATS: To Russia from Wight

Flyingcat twins Fastcat Shanklin and Raparee, the former Fastcat Ryde (below), have gone to Russia, arriving in Sochi as deck cargo aboard piggyback ship Beluga Fantasy in mid-May. Like Stena Line’s three former Fleetwood-Larne route ro-ro ferries, they will be used from the Black Sea port, which stages the 2013 Winter Olympics.

Brought in by Wightlink to replace Incat catamarans on the Portsmouth-Ryde passenger service in 2000, the 1995-built pair operated until early 2010, when replaced by Philippines-built catamarans Wight Ryder 1 and Wight Ryder 2. Last summer, after purchase by backers of Severn Link, they moved to the Bristol Channel.

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