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Acciona Trasmediterránea is part of the Acciona group. It operates passengers and cargo ferries between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, and northern Africa.

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History

The Trasmediterránea ("cross-mediterranean") company was constituted on November 26, 1916 with 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 Barcelona and had a fleet of 45 ships.

During the 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 SEPI sold 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 monopoly on 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.

Company activity

The company's activity is structured in four zones:

Trasmediterránea has its own maritime stations in Barcelona, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Valencia.

Ship types

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.

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