Naviera Armas

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Naviera Armas, S.A.
IndustryMaritime transport
Founded1941; 78 years ago (1941)
FounderAntonio Armas Curbelo
Headquarters,
Spain
Areas served
Websitewww.navieraarmas.com

Naviera Armas is a Spanish company, founded in the 1940s, which operates a number of ferry services in Spain. The company mainly operates in the Canary Islands, with additional routes connecting the Canary Islands and the north African coast to the Spanish mainland.[1] As of August 2019, the company operates a fleet of 11 ferries and 5 fast ferries.[2]

History[edit]

Naviera Armas was founded in 1941 in Lanzarote by Antonio Armas Curbelo. Its initial activities were dedicated to the inter-island transport of salt and freight using wooden-hull boats. With the years, the company included steel-hull ships in its fleet and expanded to the old province of Spanish Sahara.[3]

In 1975, the company introduced the first roll-on/roll-off vessels in the Canary Islands. However, it was not until 1995 that the company began to offer passenger services.[3]

2003 saw the beginning of a fleet renewal plan with the arrival of the Volcán de Tindaya.[3]

In 2008, the company started offering services to Portimão, Portugal with a stopover on the Portuguese island of Madeira. However, in 2013, the service to Madeira was abruptly withdrawn due to a dispute over harbour fees. Services resumed in the summer of 2018 as a seasonal offering between 2 July and 20 September, being operated by Grupo Sousa using Naviera Armas's ship Volcán de Tijarafe, which provided the crossing prior to the 2013 discontinuation. With a maximum speed of 23 knots, the crossing was scheduled to take 24 hours.[4][5] In the summer of 2019, this service was provided using the ship Volcán de Timanfaya.[6]

Fleet[edit]

Naviera Armas operates a fleet of eleven ferries and five fast ferries.[2] The fast ferries were acquired as a response to competition from rival Canary Islands ferry company Fred. Olsen Express, which operates an entirely high speed fleet.

Not all of the ships operated by Armas are owned by the company. Those owned by Armas follow the company's naming convention: "Volcán de" followed by a name starting with the letter T.

Ferries operated by Naviera Armas
Name Built Entered service Tonnage Notes Source
Mar d'Canal 1983 1996 1,638 GT [7]
Volcán de Taburiente 2006 2006 12,895 GT Los Christianos de Tenerife – San Sebastian de La Gomera [8]
Volcán de Tamadaba 2007 2007 19,976 GT Las Palmas - Arrecife [9]
Volcán de Tamasite 2004 2004 17,343 GT Tenerife - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Morro Jable [10]
Volcán de Tauce 1995 1995 9,667 GT Las Palmas - Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Arrecife, Puerto del Rosario [11]
Volcán de Teneguía 1997 1997 11,197 GT chartered to Acciona [12]
Volcán de Tijarafe 2007 2007 19,976 GT Tenerife - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria [13]
Volcán de Timanfaya 2005 2005 17,343 GT Motril-Al Hoceima/Nador [14]
Volcán de Tinamar 2011 2011 29,514 GT Motril-Melilla [15]
Volcán de Tindaya 2003 2003 3,715 GT Corralejo - Playa Blanca. Entered service in 2003. Crossing time 35 mins. [16]
Volcán del Teide 2011 2011 29,757 GT Huelva - Santa Cruz de Tenerife [17]
Fast ferries operated by Naviera Armas
Name Built Enterered service Tonnage Notes Source
Alborán 1999 2014 6.346 GT Incat Hull 052. Timechartered to Naviera Armas, Los Cristianos - Puerto de la Estaca [18]
Volcán de Tirajana 2002 2015 6,581 GT Incat Hull 062, 98 x 26 metres, 35 knots operational speed. 900 passengers, 287 cars [19]
Volcán de Teno 2000 2016 6,360 GT Incat Hull 056. 96 x 27 metres, 38 knots (70 kmh) service speed. 966 passengers, 290 cars. / Motril-Al Hoceïma (NOVEMBER 2017, laid up in Cadiz) [20]
Champion Jet 1 1997 2018 5,007 GT Owned by Seajets [21][22]
Volcán de Tagoro July 2019 August 2019 10,800 GT Incat 091. 111 x 31 metres, 35 knots operational speed, 1184 pass (155 business class), 390 cars. Cost €74 million [23][24]

Photo gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timetables". Naviera Armas. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Fleet". Naviera Armas. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "History". Naviera Armas. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Ferry Madeira-Portimão: Bilhetes disponíveis a partir de hoje A primeira viagem realiza-se a 2 de julho mas os bilhetes vão estar disponíveis já a partir desta terça-feira (Vídeo)". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Maritime trips Portimão - Madeira - Canárias". Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Ferry trips Madeira - Portimão - Canarias". madeira-ferry.pt. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  7. ^ The Ferry Site about Mar d'Canal
  8. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán de Taburiente
  9. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán de Tamadaba
  10. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán de Tamasite
  11. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán de Tauce
  12. ^ Shipspotting about M/F Volcan de Teneguia
  13. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán de Tijarafe
  14. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán de Timanfaya
  15. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán de Tinamar
  16. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán de Tindaya
  17. ^ The Ferry Site about M/F Volcán del Teide
  18. ^ The Ferry Site about HSC Alborán
  19. ^ https://www.navieraarmas.com/en/flota_volcan_de_tirajana_en/22
  20. ^ https://www.navieraarmas.com/en/flota_volcan_de_teno_en/23
  21. ^ The Ferry Site about HSC Champion Jet 1
  22. ^ https://www.navieraarmas.com/en/flota_champion_jet_1_en/30
  23. ^ Significant Fast Ferry Contract for Incat
  24. ^ https://www.navieraarmas.com/en/flota_incat_hull_091_en/24

External links[edit]

Media related to Naviera Armas at Wikimedia Commons

  • [1] Official Website
  • [2] Ferry Website displaying info on the firm: Simplon PC