Veteran ferry NURA NOVA sold to small Italian company Gestour

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The aged ferry NURA NOVA , operated by Trasmediterranea and owned by the Spanish company Formentera Cargo, is being sold to the Italian company Gestour according to what Ferrybalear revealed.

Gestour is a small ferry operator based in Pozzuoli (Naples), founded in 1989 and managed by Carmela Looz, which provides regular short-sea services between the ports of Naples and the islands of Procida, Ischia, Capri and Pontine in Southern Italy.

NURA NOVA (due to be renamed LADY CARMELA) was built in Japan in 1977, can accommodate 377 passengers and has over 200 lane metres of capacity in the garage. According to some broker sources her market value should be around EUR 1.5 million.


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Trasmediterranea: Successful Pilot Go-Live!

In December 2018, the new Carus ePoS system on board was implemented on board Trasmediterranea’s ferry CIUDAD DE IBIZA. Final testing was carried out to see how the system would work in a live environment on the fully-booked ferry.

Juan Manuel Caballero, CIO and CTO of Trasmediterranea, said: “We have put our knowledge and experience into building the best in class Hotel Management System for ferry and cruise in the market.

This has been more than one year working with CARUS in order to have a smart POS and Hotel Management system that can cover the full passenger travel experience. CARUS POS allows us to manage our passengers’ needs from a 360º view”.


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  • Trasmediterranea’s ro-pax DIMONIOS has been renamed CIUDAD DE PALMA, in line with the company’s tradition to give “city” names to its ships.
  • The Danish hybrid ferry KANALEN finally started to operate on the Thyborøn-Agger crossing, west of Limfjorden, on Monday 26 November. She has been delayed because of problems with the electric motors. She had been delivered in July.If needed she can be rebuilt for full battery operation.


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Ferguson Marine Owner Says Cash Needed To Finish Ferry Contract

Businessman Jim McColl, owner of Ferguson Marine said in an interview with the BBC that the shipyard incurred significantly higher costs in the work they had to do on the two LNG ferries for CMAL There has been discussions but without result, according to McColl.

He said that, “more design development work could have been done prior to the invitation to tender going out, rather than dealing with multiple things that are arising as we got into the build process.”

GLENN SANNOX was launched in November 2017 and had been due to enter service this summer.

Photo: CMAL


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Challenging Times Ahead For Ferries Of Scotland

By coincidence I was in Stornoway last week when this local newspaper published a three-page article about the ferry services.

What’s the problem?

An ever-increasing flood of visitors puts quite a lot of pressure on the ferry network, especially on the remote islands of the west coast.

On the services to the Outer Hebrides, ferries have seen 25% more cars and 21% more summer passengers over the last four years.

Demand is expected to grow up to 9% per annum, which is good for the local economy. However, the newspaper says the islands need more reliable ferry services. They calculated that half of the fleet is older than 25 years.

Still it was a young vessel that lost power mid August, and fuelled the discontent. LOCH SEAFORTH is from 2014. She is the sole vessel on this remote route, making it vulnerable.

The main criticism addressed to the Scottish Government is about the lack of foresight and investment.

VILLA DEL TEROR Should Be Delivered In The Next Few Weeks

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At the request of Trasmediterránea some modifications are being done on ferry VILLA DEL TEROR, delaying the delivery with a couple of weeks.

The 139m ship originally ordered by Viking Line was transferred on 22 June from the Vulcan shipyard to the dry dock of Metalships & Docks for its painting.

Meanwhile, the future of the shipyard is being questioned.


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Naviera Armas Can Go Ahead With The Acquisition Of Trasmediterranea

The National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) has authorized the acquisition of Trasmediterranea by Armas, although the latter will have to comply with a series of commitments.

According to the CNMC, the sale posed risks for monopoly. Therefore, Naviera Armas will have to accept the entry of the German company FRS on the Motril – Melilla route, and on the connection between Huelva and the Canary Islands (including the inter island services). These routes are now operated by Armas.

In October the Acciona group reached an agreement for the sale of its 92.7% stake in Trasmediterránea to Naviera Armas for €260.4 million.

Still No Running On Naviera Armas Takeover Of Trasmediterranea

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Last October, Ferry Shipping News reported that Acciona reached an agreement to sell its 92.7% stake in Trasmediterranea to the Naviera Armas Group.

The deal was expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018, after it had been approved by the competition authorities. This has not happened yet, writes OK Diaro (in Spanish).

The transaction is still pending the approval of the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC). Whether or not a monopoly situation is created is the question. Armas is confident.

Photo: Mike Louagie