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TurboJET
Type Private company
Founded 1999
Headquarters  Hong Kong
Industry Ferry services
Website http://www.turbojet.com.hk/
TurboJET
HK Macau Ferry Piers Sheung Wan.JPG
TurboJET's Universal MK 2006 TriCat (in old livery) at the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 信德中旅船務管理有限公司:噴射飛航
Portuguese name
Portuguese Shun Tak China Travel - Companhia de Gestão de Embarcações, Limitada: TurboJET
English name
English Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited: TurboJET
TurboJET's Urzela JetFoil
TurboJET's Universal MK 2001 TriCat
TurboJET's Universal MK 2011 Austal 48m
TurboJET's Universal MK I Flying Cat
TurboJET's Barca Foilcat
TurboJET's Santa Maria JetFoil (in old livery)
TurboJET's Barca Foilcat

TurboJET (Chinese: 噴射飛航) is the brand name for the operations of the Hong Kong-headquartered Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited (信德中旅船務管理有限公司), which was established from the joint venture between Shun Tak Holdings Limited (信德集團有限公司) and China Travel International Investment Hong Kong Limited (香港中旅國際投資有限公司) in July 1999. It operates hydrofoil ferry services in southern China.

Shun Tak and China Travel had their own separate ferry business brands before merging together as TurboJET, on 1 July, 1999. They were Far East Jetfoil (遠東噴射船) by Shun Tak, and Turbo Cat (港澳飛航船) by CTS Parkview Company Ltd.

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Routes

TurboJET provides services between Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Airport, Macau, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, all located around the Pearl River Delta in southern China. The route between Hong Kong and Macau is the busiest and it operates 24 hours a day. It takes approximately one hour to travel the 70-km journey on TurboJET's high speed vessels.

In the past, besides the inter-city routes, Turbo Cat operated Hong Kong out-lying routes during the years 1999 to 2000. The routes were Central to Tuen Mun (on weekdays), and Central to Tai O (on weekends). After the merger, the routes are now operated under the TurboJET brand.

Fleet

TurboJET is the world's largest operator of Boeing's Jetfoils, and all used to belong to former Far East Jetfoil. Far East Jetfoil also used PS-30 and FoilCat. Whereas former Turbo Cat used FlyingCat and TriCat.

TurboJET's fleet includes seven major types of vessels (and eight minor vessels), with one of the major types (and two minor types) rented from another company:

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Bought vessels

  • FlyingCat : 40m length, 479 tonnes, 303 passengers catamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin MTU 16V 396 diesel engines, rated at 2000kW each. Cruising speed at 35 knots. Built by Norwegian specialists Kvaerner Fjellstrand, Norway.
  • TriCat : 45m length, 602 tonnes, 328/333 passengers catamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin Caterpillar Solar Taurus gas turbines. Cruising speed at 45 knots, capable of 52 knots. Built by FBM Marine of the United Kingdom for universal MK 2001-2008 only (Note:Universal MK 2009 and 2010 are built by Pequot river of the USA). Besides, universal MK 2001-2005 are installed with 2 shorter chimneys at the back while universal MK 2006-2010 are installed with 2 higher chimneys at the back of the vessels.
  • JetFoil: 24.44m length, 267 tonnes, 225/240/243 passengers monohull hydrofoil. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin Rolls Royce Allison 501KF gas turbines. Maximum speed at 45 knots. Built by Boeing.
  • PS-30: 27.8m length, 303 tonnes, 260 passengers Jetfoil-like monohull hydrofoil. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin Rolls Royce Allison 501KF gas turbines. Maximum speed at 45 knots. Built by Shanghai Simno marine Limited, under licenses from Boeing.
  • Austal 48: 47.5m length, 610 tonnes, 418 passengers catamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by quadruple MTU 16V 4000 diesel engines, rated at 2320kW each. Cruising speed at 43.5 knots, capable of 49 knots. Built by Austal Shipyard of Australia.

Rented vessels

  • Wavemaster SuperFast 39m: 39m length, 300 passengers catamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin MTU 8V 396 diesel engines, rated at 1580kW each. Maximum speed at 36 knots. Built by Wavemaster International Proprietary Limited Company.
  • Wavemaster SuperFast 42m: 42m length, 385 passengers catamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin MTU 16V 396 diesel engines, rated at 1960kW each. Maximum speed at 48 knots. Built by Wavemaster International Proprietary Limited Company.
    • But these two vessels were returned at 12/2008.

Vessels information

TurboJET Fleet
 Name   Type   Year Built   Seats   Builder   Notes 
Acores(恆星,929-100-008) Jetfoil 1975 262 Constructed by The Boeing Company Sold to South Korea in 2004
Guia(東星,929-100-009) Jetfoil 1976 262 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Terceira (錫星,929-115-012) Jetfoil 1979 192 Constructed by The Boeing Company 2nd premier jetfoil since 8/2009
Horta(海皇星,929-115-016) Jetfoil 1980 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Lilau(帝皇星,929-115-014) Jetfoil 1979 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Funchal(天皇星,929-115-013) Jetfoil 1979 190 Constructed by The Boeing Company 1st premier jetfoil since 2008
Taipa(帝后星,929-115-021) Jetfoil 1981 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Cacilhas(幸運星,929-115-018) Jetfoil 1981 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
São Jorge(銀星,929-100-006) Jetfoil 1975 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Santa Maria(金星,929-100-005) Jetfoil 1974 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Corvo(火星,929-100-003) Jetfoil 1975 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company Sold to South Korea in 2006
Pico(土星,929-100-004) Jetfoil 1975 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Madeira(木星,929-100-002) Jetfoil 1974 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Flores(水星,929-100-001) Jetfoil 1974 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Urzela(鐵星,929-100-007) Jetfoil 1976 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company
Ponta Delgada(銅星,929-100-008) Jetfoil 1977 242 Constructed by The Boeing Company Sold to South Korea in 2004
Balsa(北星) PS-30 1994 242 Constructed by The Shanghai Simno Marine Limited
Praia(南星) PS-30 1994 242 Constructed by The Shanghai Simno Marine Limited Sold to South Korea in 2002
Penha(祥星) Foilcat 1995 419 Constructed by Kvaerner Fjellstrand Shipyard
Barca(日星) Foilcat 1995 419 Constructed by Kvaerner Fjellstrand Shipyard
Universal MK I (宇航壹號) Flying Cat 1992 303 Constructed by Kvaerner Fjellstrand Shipyard
Universal MK II (宇航貳號) Flying Cat 1993 303 Constructed by Kvaerner Fjellstrand Shipyard
Universal MK III (宇航叄號) Flying Cat 1993 303 Constructed by Kvaerner Fjellstrand Shipyard
Universal MK IV (宇航肆號) Flying Cat 1994 303 Constructed by Kvaerner Fjellstrand Shipyard
Universal MK 2001 (宇航2001) TriCat 1994 333 Constructed by FBM Marine Limited
Universal MK 2002 (宇航2002) TriCat 1995 333 Constructed by FBM Marine Limited
Universal MK 2003 (宇航2003) TriCat 1995 333 Constructed by FBM Marine Limited
Universal MK 2004 (宇航2004) TriCat 1995 333 Constructed by FBM Marine Limited
Universal MK 2005 (宇航2005) TriCat 1996 333 Constructed by FBM Marine Limited
Universal MK 2006 (宇航2006) TriCat 1996 333 Constructed by FBM Marine Limited
Universal MK 2007 (宇航2007) TriCat 1996 333 Constructed by FBM Marine Limited
Universal MK 2008 (宇航2008) TriCat 1997 333 Constructed by FBM Aboitiz Shipyard, Philippines
Universal MK 2009 (宇航2009) TriCat 1998 328 Constructed by Pequot River Shipwords, New London, CT, USA Second Hand (joined in 2005)
Universal MK 2010 (宇航2010) TriCat 1999 328 Constructed by Pequot River Shipwords, New London, CT, USA Second Hand (joined in 2005)
Universal MK 2011 (宇航2011) Austal 48m 2008 418 Constructed by Austal Shipyard (Originally purchased by New World First Ferry)
Universal MK 2012 (宇航2012) Austal 48m 2008 418 Constructed by Austal Shipyard (Originally purchased by New World First Ferry)

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Simple English

A turbojet is a kind of jet engine that works by squeezing air into a small space, mixing it with fuel, and setting it on fire. The mixture of fuel and air goes out the back of the engine and pushes it forward. As it leaves the engine it spins a fan which turns another fan at the front which sucks in more air.

Turbofan engines are more common today because they can make more power for the same amount of fuel than a turbojet, they also make less noise.


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