The catamaran “Tagoro Volcano’”, the world’s most advanced fast ferry, has joined the fleet of the Trasmediterranean Armas Group.
It docked for the first time in the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where it arrived at the close of its delivery trip from Australia.
The ferry was welcomed by the water jets of three tugboats based in Las Palmas as tradition marks in this type of maritime events. The ship docked at the Primo de Rivera dock, in front of the head-quarters of the Port Authority, before moving on three days later for Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
This most most avant-garde fast ferry of its kind worldwide will be added to a line that connects Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, offering a high-speed service between the two capitals.
“The arrival of the ship constitutes, without a doubt, the great novelty of the year in regard to high-speed vessels, both for the Spanish Merchant Marine and for the European level. The Tagoro Volcano catamaran has substantial improvements in performance that include higher speed, lower fuel consumption and better stability,” said an Armas spokesman.
The “Tagoro Volcano” culminated its journey to its base port in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, after less than a month of navigation, since it sailed from the Australian Incat shipyard on July 16th, crossing the globe through the canal from Panama.
The impressive catamaran measures 111 metres in length and can accommodate 1,184 passengers, 155 of them in business class and 16 crew, as well as a garage on two decks for 215 cars and 595 linear metres for road cargo. It maintains a speed of 36 knots powered by four MAN 28 / 33D STC 20V motors, with a power of 9,100 kW each, which drive the same number of water jets from the Finnish manufacturer Wärtsila.
The Tagoro Volcano catamaran makes four trips between the Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife at a speed of 36 knots powered by four latest generation engines
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria leaves at 07:30 hours and at 16.30 hours and from Santa Cruz de Tenerife at 12.30pm and at 7pm
The journey is just 90 minutes.