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Thursday, September 30, 2021 

Australian shipbuilder Incat Tasmania has now completed its latest high speed ferry, 'Volcn de Taida', which is now en route from the Hobart, Tasmania shipyard to its owner Naviera Armas, to operate alongside sister vessel 'Volcn de Tagoro' which was delivered in 2019.

Volcán de Taidía's delivery voyage will take the vessel via Auckland, across the Pacific Ocean to Tahiti and the Panama Canal before crossing the Atlantic to her new home in the Canary Islands. Naviera Armas will operate the vessel between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. When she enters service Volcán de Taidía will be the sixth Incat-built vessel operating in the Armas fleet.

Naviera Armas owner Antonio Armas senior said: “We are delighted to have a new sister ship of the catamaran Volcán de Tagoro whose excellent performance and benefits have raised the quality of maritime transport to its highest level. This is why, upon the introduction of the new Volcán de Taidía, Naviera Armas will reinforce the ‘sea bridge’ between both Canary Islands capitals with two latest generation high speed craft. This is very fitting because the delivery of our new ship coincides with the 80th anniversary of the start of the shipping career of Antonio Armas Curbelo, the Lanzarote-based shipowner, creator of the company known today as Naviera Armas.”

Incat Tasmania CEO Tim Burnell said “The original vision of Naviera Armas was to facilitate high speed movement for passengers, cars and trucks between the two main cities in the Canary Islands, Las Palmas and Tenerife. The one concern Antonio Armas senior had was that this is one of the most exposed routes in the Canary Islands. Volcán de Tagoro has proven it can operate a highly reliable year-round crossing on the route and the delivery of Volcán de Taidia is a resounding vote of confidence in the hull design refinements implemented in 2019.”

Volcán de Taidía has capacity for 1200 persons, including crew, and the vehicle deck allows for 595 freight lane metres plus 219 cars, or in car-only mode it can accommodate 401 vehicles. The ship is powered by four MAN 20V diesel engines driving Wartsila waterjets. Volcán de Taidía achieved over 42 knots with 600t deadweight during trials.

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