- Acciona Trasmediterránea
Acciona Trasmediterránea is part of the
Accionagroup. It operates passengers and cargo ferries between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, northern Africa, and Portsmouthin the UK.
The Trasmediterránea ("cross-mediterranean") company was constituted on
November 26 1916with the fusion of the companies of shipowners José Juan Dómine, Vicente Ferrer, Joaquín Tintoré and Enrique García, though it didn't start operating until January 1 of following year. It was hearquartered in Barcelonaand had a fleet of 45 ships.
Spanish Civil War, its ships were used as auxiliar navy ships by both sides of the conflict.
In 1978, it became a state-owned company, until it was privatized by the PP government in 2002. The
SEPIsold the company to a consortium that consisted of Acciona Logística (60%), Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo, Compañía de Remolcadores Ibaizábal, Agrupación Hotelera Dóliga, Suministros Ibiza and Naviera Armas. Later, the company changed its name to Acciona-Trasmediterranea. Currently it operates a fleet of 25 ships and its headquarters are in Madrid.
From 1921 to 1998, when the sector was liberalized, it had the
monopolyon the lines that linked the mainland Spain with the islands and northern Africa. Today, even as it has lost its monopoly and has competition, Trasmediterránea its still leader in its sector.
The company's activity is structured in four zones:
* Mediterranean: regular lines, in both directions, from:
Barcelonato Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Mahón.
**Valencia to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Mahón.
* South-Strait: regular lines, in both directions, from:
Algecirasto Ceutaand Tánger( Morocco)
Alicanteto Oran( Algeria).
Almeríato Ghazaouet (Algeria), Melillaand Nador(Morocco).
Canarias: regular lines, in both directions, from:
Cádizto Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de la Palmaand Arrecife.
**Arrecife to Cádiz, Las Palmas and
Puerto del Rosario.
**Las Palmas to Arrecife, Morrojable, Puerto del Rosario, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Santa Cruz de la Palma.
**Santa Cruz de la Palma to Arrecife, Cádiz, Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
**Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Arrecife, Cádiz, Las Palmas, Morrojable and Santa Cruz de la Palma.
Trasmediterránea has its own maritime stations in Barcelona, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Valencia.
United Kingdom: Previously operated regular lines, in both directions from:
Bilbaoto Portsmouth(service now discontinued).
Trasmediterránea uses three kinds of ships:
* High-speed ships:
Jet-Foil(the first was commissioned in Canarias in 1980), Fast-Ferrys (since 1995) and Catamarans (since 2000).
* Ferries: series Canguro and Super Ferrys. Ro-pax vessels also used with a series currently on order.
* Cargo ships: Ro-Ro and Super Fast class, which can transport big vehicles and heavy machinery.
* [http://www.trasmediterranea.es/ Acciona Trasmediterránea official website]
* [http://www.acciona.es/ Acciona corporate website]
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