Navimag (Naviera Magallanes S.A.) is a ferry operator in Chile. The company operates two routes carrying passengers and vehicles:

Navimag ferry, MV Evangelistas, in Puerto Montt, Chile

The company also operates services from Puerto Montt and Puerto Chacabuco to Laguna San Rafael.

The company was formed in 1979, when cargo services between Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas were started. Passenger services to Puerto Natales and Laguna San Rafael were added in 1985. [1]

In 2000 the Magallanes joined the fleet second hand. Built in 1977/78 in Japan, she was renamed Evangelistas in 2007. During her two-decades long career with Navimag she spent most of her time on the route to Puerto Natales. After her replacement 2020 by the Esperanza she was scrapped in India. [2]

The Puerto Edén was used in principal to Chacabuco.

In late 2009 Amadeo 1 joined the fleet [3] and early 2014 Navimag began operating the Edén along Amadeo 1 as operational Ro-ro ferries to Puerto Natales.[4]

On August 18, 2014 en route to Puerto Natales, Navimag ferry Amadeo 1, struck a rock in the Kirke Channel near Puerto Natales. The collision caused a starboard breach of the hull and the ship took on water. Amadeo 1 capsized in the shallow water, with most of the ship lying above the water line. [5]

During the following year, Navimag determined that the ship was not salvageable. With the assistance of the Armada de Chile, the Amadeo 1 was scuttled in 2,700-meter-deep waters off Diego de Almagro Island, Chile on September 21, 2015. [6]

In 2016, Navimag purchased the Trinidad I to join Evangelistas on the Puerto Montt route while Edén took over the service to Chacabuco.[7]

In 2020 the Chinese built Esperanza entered service, replacing Evangelistas. This new passenger-freight ferry will carry up 244 passengers along with vehicles at a maximum speed of 13 knots.[8]


Navimag FerriesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Booking ferries in Patagonia". Navimag. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
  2. ^ Ferry Evangelistas de Navimag será desguazado (in Spanish), Portal Portuario (published 2014-08-19), 2014, retrieved 2022-05-12
  3. ^ Navimag incorpora al ferry Amadeo I (in Spanish), MundoMaritimo, 2009, retrieved 2022-05-12
  4. ^ Navimag anuncia nuevo buque para servicio ruta Puerto Natales-Puerto Montt (in Spanish), MundoMaritimo, 2014, retrieved 2022-05-12
  5. ^ MercoPress News Staff (2014), Chilean ferry strikes rocks and is half sunk in the Puerto Natales/Puerto Montt link, MercoPress South Atlantic News Agency (published 2014-08-19), retrieved 2019-07-19
  6. ^ World Maritime News Staff (2015), Breached Ferry Scuttled Off Chile, World Maritime News (published 2015-09-22), retrieved 2019-07-19
  7. ^ Bno (2018-04-18). "Trinidad 1 - Ships Nostalgia Gallery". Ships Nostalgia Gallery. Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  8. ^ "New Ferry 2020". Coming in 2020!. Navimag Ferries SA. Retrieved 2019-07-20.

External linksEdit

Official website