Cat makes a flying start to life sailing on Swansea's coastline
LOOK what's prowling around Swansea's coastline.
It's a Flying Cat ferry, which will take passengers from Swansea to North Devon and back again.
The Severn Link Flying Cat ferry makes its way into Swansea port. PD100128E-01
The new service, run by Swansea-based Severn Link, is due to start in the spring.
Two catamarans will ply the cross-channel route and be berthed in Swansea.
A launch date is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Severn Link hopes the service to Ilfracombe will persuade tourists and business travellers to shun the M4 and M5, and clamber aboard.
Bosses of the firm expect 50 full-time jobs will be created, with operations run from an office in SA1.
The vessel pictured will now undergo a £100,000 internal refit, including new carpets, upholstery, bike racks and improved disabled access.
It's a busy time for the docks, with the Swansea- Cork ferry due in on Sunday for inspection work, plus an ongoing £20 million refurbishment of a Saga Group cruise liner.
The 40-metre Flying Cat ferries will travel at up to 34knots, taking around an hour and 40 minutes to complete a return journey.
They won't take cars, but Severn Link claimed this could change in the future.
A spokeswoman said new routes are also being looked at. The service will run all year round, with more crossings during the busy summer period.
Severn Link is targeting a £2.8 million turnover in the first year.
Chris Marrow, Severn Link's brainchild, said last year: "To my knowledge, there is no other comparable stretch of water in the world linking similarly populated areas which doesn't have a heavily utilised ferry service."
The cost of a single ticket had been estimated at £22, but this is likely to change.
A spokeswoman said exact prices and timetables were being finalised.