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Space Charter Agreement between Trasmediterranea and Balearia for Ceuta Route

The ferry PASSIÓ PER FORMENTERA is the only ship that transports cargo between Spain and Ceuta, since Tuesday, April 21.

A space charter agreement between Baleària and Trasmediterránea leaves only one single ship on the Ceuta route.

The article says that this arrangement does not comply with the terms of the public service contract.


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Following indications from the Government of Spain and the competent authorities, Trasmediterranea advises not to travel, except for unavoidable reasons, from 16 March  for a period of 15 days.

Since March 13, all passenger departures to and from the ports of Nador, Al Hoceima and Tangier are cancelled until further notice.

Loaded vehicle traffic (including drivers) will continue to operate normally.

Italian Fleet Movements

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Grimaldi Group of Italy took delivery of the former Ciudad De Cadiz, the ropax just bought from Trasmediterranea (Naviera Armas group) and renamed Venezia. The price paid by the Naples-based group for this vessel is around €35 million.

The same Italian ferry company has also chartered in the roro Super-Fast Baleares from Trasmediterranea in order to replace the Eurocargo Trieste which caught fire three weeks ago off the port of Leghorn and is still under repair.

According to what Ship2Shore reported, also the ferry GNV Azzurra was chartered as accommodation vessel by Virgin Voyages for the crew which will be employed on the new cruise ship Lady Scarlett, soon to be delivered by Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente shipyard.

New CEO for Trasmediterranea

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Francisco Oviedo Raposo (Madrid, 1971) has been named CEO of Trasmediterranea, the centennial shipping company that has recently been acquired by Grupo Armas.

The new CEO has extensive experience in the sector and has been linked for more than twenty years to the maritime port sector. Oviedo has been director of Ports of OHL Concesiones during the last ten years and before CEO of Boluda Corporación Marítima.

He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration and a master’s degree in Commercial Management and Marketing (ESIC). He has a solid background in finance and has led important investment and divestment processes, legal reorganization and refinancing in companies in the sector.

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.