Trasmediterranea’s new vessel to be named VILLA DE TEROR

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Juan Carlos Diaz Lorenzo reveals in Puente de Mando (in Spanish) the new name for the ferry under construction at the Vulcan Shipyard in Vigo for Trasmediterranea. We’re talking about the ferry that was originally ordered by Viking Line as VIKING ADCC.
Her name will be VILLA DE TEROR. The town of Teror is a municipality in the province of Las Palmas, located north of Gran Canaria.

Photo: Juan Carlos Diaz Lorenzo

Acciona sells Trasmediterranea to Naviera Armas Group

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Acciona has finally reached an agreement to sell its 92.7% stake in Trasmediterranea to the Naviera Armas Group.

Acciona’s stake is being sold for EUR 260.4 million, and the buyer will assume EUR 127.3 million of debt owed by Trasmediterranea to Acciona group companies.

The deal will foreseeably be completed in the first quarter of 2018, once it has been approved by the competition authorities.

The disposal responds to Acciona’s goal of concentrating on its core business: sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy.

Since it was acquired by Acciona in 2002, Trasmediterranea has become firmly established as Spain’s largest shipping company and one of Europe’s leading ferry operators. It sails a total of 32 routes, mainly linking mainland Spain with the Balearic Islands, North Africa and the Canary Islands.

It also provides logistics, shipping agency and cruise ship handling services, and operates five port terminals.

Last year, it transported 2.5 million passengers (+2.3%), 5.8 million lane meters of cargo (+2.3%) and 576,000 vehicles (+5.7%).

Photo © Mike Louagie


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    • Viking Line’s chartered fast ferry EXPRESS (Incat, 1998), operating as VIKING FSTR, was withdrawn from the Helsinki-Tallinn route earlier than planned, for technical reasons. Instead of October 22 she made her last crossing on October 17.
    • Naviera Armas is chartering the Trasmediterránea Incat fast ferry ALBORAN for the Canary Islands route Los Cristianos-San Sebastián de La Gomera-Valle Gran Rey. The charter contract is for six months. It is not the first time ALBORAN is being chartered by Armas.
    • Naviera Armas will introduce another high-speed craft, the VOLCAN DE TENO. She is currently being overhauled in Cadiz and will service the Canary Islands too. This Incat was acquired from Hellenic Seaways in 2016.
    • Transmediterranea charters the 2,171 lane meter ro-ro MAESTRO SEA, which for a long time has been laid up in Marseille. She runs on Cadiz – Tenerife – Las Palmas instead of VOLCAN DE TENEGUIA, which is away for drydocking.
    • Passengers travelling on Spirit of Tasmania will now have free access to 7,000 online newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries, thanks to the PressReader app. The app and its publications can be downloaded by passengers on a mobile or tablet prior to sailing, using the Wi-Fi at the terminals.
    • Instead of sending its ferry WIGHT SKY to drydock, Wightlink decided to do an in-water survey with divers. Therefore the vessel sailed to Portland Port, a nearby harbour, also on the South Coast of Britain. The primary reason Portland was chosen was because of ‘the clarity of the water’.
    • In the first 9 months of the year Port of Rotterdam has seen a further growth of the ro-ro freight volumes, an increase of 6.6%. Reason is the growth on the most dominant market, the UK, and more traffic on new markets such as Portugal, Iceland and Scandinavia. Report can be downloaded via this link.
    • Axel Meynköhn, CEO of the ferry company Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei announced that the new ferry will be named NORDERAUE. The vessel is currently in the final phase of construction at the Neptun Yard in Rostock. If everything goes well the ship could be christened on December 30. The ship is ready two months earlier than planned.
    • Greek website Elliniki Aktoploia’ reports that the new name of the MOBY LOVE will be AIOLOS. She will run with the ANEMOS (ex MOBY BABY) under the name Med Lines. It is not known where they will operate.
    • Viking Line’s ROSELLA was chartered for a big international police anti-terrorist exercise, involving eight or nine countries. After discharging in Kapellskär on Wednesday morning October 18, the vessel was withdrawn from service for the exercise. On October 19 she runs again as normal.
    • Bad luck for REGINA BALTICA passengers on Friday the 13th. They had to leave the ship in Valencia because of an engine room fire. The vessel is chartered by Balearia for the Valencia-Mostaganem route (Algeria). Until she’s repaired, the Baltic veteran is being replaced by BAHAMA MAMA.