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Armas Takes Delivery of Second 111-Metre Incat Fast-Ferry

Sister-ship to Volcán de Tagoro En-route to the Canary Islands

Australian catamaran builder Incat has successfully delivered a second 111-metre fast-ferry to Naviera Armas.  The new vessel, named VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA, is already on her way to the Canary Islands. 

VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA is taking the Pacific route to Europe, calling at Aukland and Tahiti before passing through the Panama Canal and crossing the Atlantic to Europe.  The new ferry, which is Incat hull 093, left Hobart on the night of 29 December.

After her arrival in Europe, VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA will join sister-ship VOLCÁN DE TAGORO in the Armas fleet.  The new ship will serve the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Santa Cruz de Tenerife route along with her sister.  Tenerife and Gran Canaria are the most populous of the Canary Islands.

Passenger seating onboard Naviera Armas' VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.
Passenger seating onboard Naviera Armas’ VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.

VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA becomes the second Incat ferry to join Armas from new.  Including the new ship, the company has six Incat vessels in its 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,”

Antonio Armas senior, Naviera Armas.

VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA can accommodate 1,200 people and has capacity for 595 lane metres of freight and 219 cars.  Alternatively, up to 419 cars can be accommodated when no freight is carried.  Passenger accommodation is split into three classes – First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class.  Each area offers bar and food service areas.

Shop onboard Naviera Armas' VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.
Shop onboard Naviera Armas’ VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.

Order a Resounding Vote of Confidence

As with VOLCÁN DE TAGORO, VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA is powered by four MAN 20v Marine Diesel engines.  These drive four Wartsila Lips LJX 1500SR waterjets via ZF gearboxes.  VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA achieved over 42 knots during speed trials with 600 tonnes deadweight.  As with her 2019-built sister, service speed is 35kts (approx. 40mph). In common with other Incat catamarans, Revolution Design was responsible for the design of the ship.

Incat 093, VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA, on sea trials prior to her delivery to Naviera Armas. Image: Incat.
Incat 093, VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA, on sea trials prior to her delivery to Naviera Armas. Image: Incat.

According to Incat CEO Tim Burrell, Armas’ order is a resounding vote of confidence in the sea keeping capabilities of the 111m craft.  

“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,”

Tim Burrell, Incat CEO.
Bathroom onboard Naviera Armas' VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.
Bathroom onboard Naviera Armas’ VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.

Export Finance Australia (EFA) assisted with the construction finance and P Capital Partners (PCP) assisted with the long-term takeout finance for the ship.

EFA Managing Director and CEO Ms Swati Dave said that EFA worked closely with Incat to ensure the right financial support:

“These have been challenging times for Australian exporters and the Export Finance Australia team have supported Incat every step of the way. I’m pleased that we’ve had the opportunity to provide Incat with finance to build Volcán de Taidía, highlighting the very best in Australian construction.”

Swati Dave, Managing Director, Export Finance Australia.
Vehicle deck onboard Naviera Armas' VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.
Vehicle deck onboard Naviera Armas’ VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.

As with VOLCÁN DE TAGORO, VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA will operate from Armas’ privately owned terminal at Nelson Mandela Pier, Las Palmas.  The facility, which opened in 2019, is the first privately funded terminal at a state-owned port in Spain.

Side profile of VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.
Side profile of VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA. Image: Incat.

Principal Particulars

The following data is provided by Incat

Designer:                      Revolution Design Pty Ltd

Builder:                    Incat Tasmania Pty. Ltd.

Class:                            DNV +A1 HSLC R1 Ferry “B” EO

Length overall:              111.9 

Beam moulded:            30.5

Beam of Hulls:              5.8 metres

Draft:                            4.1 metres

Speed:                          42.4 knots at 600 tonnes deadweight

Capacities

Max Deadweight:         1000 tonnes (approx.) 

Complement:                1200 persons (including crew)

Vehicles:                        595 Truck Lane Metres plus 219 cars or 401 cars

Machinery

Main Engines:               4 x MAN 28/33D STC 20V engines, each rated at 9,100 kW at 100% MCR

Water Jets:                   4 x Wartsila Lips LJX 1500SR waterjets.

Transmission:               4 x ZF 60000 NR2H gearboxes

Ride Control:                Naiad Dynamics active trim tabs and retractable T-foil

A more detailed technical specification can be downloaded from the Incat website here.

Incat promotional video of VOLCÁN DE TAIDÍA on sea trials.

Steven Tarbox

Steven is a former retail professional and a ferry writer and photographer. He created NI Ferry Site as a web design project in 2014 to be a news and information source for everyone with an interest in ferries, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Steven is the editor of the website and looks after all of the technical aspects.
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