Trasmediterránea operates passengers and cargo ferries between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, and northern Africa's Spanish territories.

Compañia Trasmediterránea S.A.
HeadquartersMadrid, Spain
Area served
Balearic Islands, Spain, Morocco, Canary Islands
ServicesPassenger transportation, Freight transportation
Juan J. Sister

Since 2017 the majority of the company belongs to Naviera Armas.


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 auxiliary navy ships by both sides of the conflict, the Spanish Republican Navy and the Nationalist faction.

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 is headquartered 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 it is still leader in its sector.

At the end of October 2017 Acciona group agreed to sell its 92.7% stake in Trasmediterránea to Naviera Armas, another Spanish shipping company, operating ferries mainly in the Canary Islands. The deal, pending approval by Spanish authorities, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018.[1]

Company activityEdit

Ciudad de Malaga, an historic vessel on the Tanger - Algeciras
Map of the Balearic Islands
Annotated satellite view of the Strait of Gibraltar
Map of Western Mediterranean region

Trasmediterránea has its own maritime stations in Barcelona, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Valencia. The company's activity is structured in four zones:


Trasmediterránea currently (2018) owns and operates a large fleet of vessels, comprising 24 roro ferries, 1 high speed monohulls and 3 high speed catamarans.

Name Built Enterered service Notes
Alborán 1999 2001
Alcantara Dos 1995 2006
Almaryia 1981 2013
Almudaina Dos 1997 2006
Ciudad Autónoma Melilla 2001 2001
Ciudad De Granada 2001 2001
Ciudad De Ibiza 2003 2003
Ciudad De Malaga 1998 1998
Ciudad De Palma 2007 2017
Forza 2010 2016 Chartered from Grimaldi Lines
Jose Maria Entrecanales 2010 2010
Juan J Sister 1993 1993
Las Palmas De Gran Canaria 1993 1993
Milenium Dos 2001 2003
Super-Fast Levante 2001 2001
Tenacia 2008 2011 Chartered from Grimaldi Lines
Volcan De Tijarafe 2008 2018 Chartered from Naviera Armas
Volcan De Tinamar 2011 2018 Chartered from Naviera Armas
Volcan De Tirajana 2006 2006 Chartered to Naviera Armas
Ciudad de mahón 2000 2006


  1. ^ Naviera Armas Buys Trasmediterranea from Acciona. MarineLink, 26 October 2017. Retrieved 2018-02-02.

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