June 7, 2024

The fast ferry Margarita Salas of Baleària has commenced its first navigation trials in Gijón. This vessel, currently in the final stages of construction at the Armon shipyards, is notable for being the second fast ferry in the world equipped with dual gas engines. It is a sister ship to the Eleanor Roosevelt and features enhancements such as a 10% increase in power and additional passenger capacity due to a second passenger deck.

The Margarita Salas will connect Barcelona with Menorca and Mallorca, offering improved speed and comfort while maintaining eco-efficiency through the use of LNG engines.

For more details, you can visit the original press release on Baleària’s website (in Spanish).

EQT company Torghatten’s self-driving electric ferry Estelle had its premiere on Thursday, writes Dagens Industri.

The inauguration and maiden voyage took place on Thursday, but starting on Tuesday next week, Estelle, named after the princess, will operate on Norra Mälarstrand/Söder Mälarstrand in Riddarfjärden in Stockholm.

The ferry is described as the world’s first commercial self-driving passenger ferry and the EQT-owned Norwegian shipping company Torghatten is behind the venture.

Attica Group has chartered the RoPax Af Claudia from Adria Ferries for 12 months. The ship will serve the Patras-Igoumenitsa-Venice route, replacing Superfast Ferries’ Ariadne, which will be moved to the Piraeus-Heraklion line. Af Claudia began its journey from Patras on June 4 under the Superfast Ferries brand. Previously used by Grimaldi and DFDS, the vessel was built in 2001 at the Visentini shipyard in Italy and can carry 1,000 passengers (306 berths) and 2,044 lane meters.

Photo: Adria Ferries

Starting June 8, 2024, Blue Star Patmos will service the North Aegean route, connecting Piraeus with Mykonos, Mesta (Chios), and Sigri (Mytilene) until August 31, 2024. Departing at noon, the ship will reach its final destination at 11 PM. This route, successful since its inauguration in June 2021, will feature the modern vessel Blue Star Patmos, built in 2012 at Daewoo shipyard. The ship has a capacity of 2,000 passengers, 430 cars, and sails at 25.5 knots.

Photo: Blue Star Ferries

Dalmatia, the largest ship in Jadrolinija’s Adriatic fleet, set sail on 3 July, on her maiden voyage from Dubrovnik to Bari. The vessel is the former Oslofjord.

Source: Jadrolinija (in Croatian)