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Naviera Armas has published a long list of restrictions.

For Canary Island travel it is mandatory to present a sworn statement, justifying the reason for the trip. This will apply for the inter-island routes to the Canary Islands, and to the Peninsula.

Morocco and Algeria only accessible for freight.

Balearic Islands: severe restrictions for passengers. Freight drivers allowed.

VOLCAN DE TAGORO Will Be The Name For The New Armas Catamaran

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In May, Naviera Armas will take delivery of the 111m Incat 091, VOLCAN DE TAGORO. She will be named after a submarine volcano, which erupted off the island of El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands.


She will have a capacity for almost 1,200 passengers, 215 cars and 595 lane metre of ro-ro cargo.

  • Contractual speed: 35 knots.
  • Contract price: EUR 74 million.
  • Engines: 4 MAN 28 / 33D STC 20V engines, (4X 9,100 kW)
  • Waterjets: Wärtsilä

Naviera Armas Finally Orders New Ferry

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As expected Naviera Armas signed a contract with the Vigo-based Barreras shipyard. It will be the ninth ferry built by this yard for Armas.
The ro-pax ferry will have a capacity of 1,800 passengers, and will be 190m long.
She will be LNG-powered.
The delay in signing has to do with the acquisition of Trasmediterranea, which had to be approved by the authorities.
In fact, this ferry had been initially assigned to Armón Gijón, but the contract was cancelled due to the insufficient draft of this shipyard.


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FRS Will Add More Routes To Its Spanish Portfolio

FRS increases its Spanish routes with the operation of the Motril-Melilla and Huelva-Canary Islands lines. This will start in July.

Until now these ferry lines have been operated by Naviera ARMAS. As already announced in last week’s newsletter the change was a condition from the anti monopoly commission. Armas had to give up some routes to be allowed to acquire Trasmediterranea.

FRS will charter the Armas-owned ro-pax ferries VOLCAN DE TAUCE for Motril – Melilla. © Naviera Armas

VOLCAN DE TEIDE will be used by FRS for the link between Huelva and the Canary Islands. © Naviera Armas


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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