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Hoverspeed operated a ferry service between England and France, linking the ports of Dover and Calais. They ceased operations in November 2005 after years of losses due to strong competition from other operators and the Channel Tunnel.

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Hoverspeed were pioneers of high speed crossings long before the Channel Tunnel appeared. Formed in 1981 after the merger of two companies, Seaspeed and Hoverlloyd, Hoverspeed originally ran a fleet of six hovercraft.

In 1990 Hoverspeed also began operating the world's first vehicle carrying catamaran and from then till the company's closure they maintained a fleet of impressive catamarans and SuperSeacats. The Superseacat's stylish good looks were fashioned by Sergio Farina, the design company responsible for designing many of Ferrari and Alfa Romeo's products. Hoverspeed's catamarans make the Dover to Calais journey in less than one hour, providing an impressively fast and comfortable way to cross the Channel.

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