Ferry talk in the media

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In Greece, Ekathimerini.com wrote that “the exchange agreement between Marfin Investment Group (MIG) and Strix Holdings was signed on Friday 12 May, whereby the former gives the latter Attica Group shares corresponding to 79.4% of the shipping company’s share capital, against loans of 443.8 million euros of MIG held by Strix.

In Spain, Trasmed Grimaldi and Insotel Marine Group create the Ferry Alliance.

The objective of both companies is “to enrich the global travel proposal for the Balearic market.”

Insotel Marine Group (part of Insotel Hotel Group) has ferry operators Trasmapi, Menorca Lines, Formentera Lines and Formentera Cargo in its portfolio. They operate between Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.

The Ferry Alliance connects the Trasmed routes from the Iberic Peninsular with the island routes. [economiademallorca.com]


In Mexico, Baja Ferries received its largest ship, the CALIFORNIA STAR, which docked at the Pichilingue port in La Paz. [t21.com.mx]

This former RoRo is now a RoPax after spending nine months at the Viktor Lenac Shipyard in Croatia.

New capacities: 2,850 lane metres | 400 passengers | 37 cabins | 2 seating areas | 2 restaurants.


CALIFORNIA STAR to be renamed AF Claudia

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AF CLAUDIA is the new name of the former ro-pax CALIFORNIA STAR which was recently bought by the Italian ferry company Adria Ferries. She will be deployed on the Ancona – Durrës maritime link as from next autumn. During the next summer season, the ro-pax unit will be chartered out.

As reported last December in Ferry Shipping News, the head of Frittelli Maritime group and of Adria Ferries, Alberto Rossi, announced the purchase of this ship from Baja Ferries for USD 45 million.

Currently the ship is still operating in Central America.

Other short news:

GNV AZURRA arrived in Brest, France, on 7 June. She will be used as accommodation ship at Damen Shipyards, for the refurbishment of cruise vessel SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR.

Virtu Ferries’ JEAN DE LA VALETTE is actually in Cadiz, prior to her Atlantic crossing, which is planned to start shortly. She will operate between Trinidad and Tobago.