Capt. Antonio M. Padrón y Santiago, “IMO Maritime Ambassador” and Maritime Authority of Tenerife, visited the ship VOLCAN DE TIRAJANA (Naviera Armas), during the consideration of two of her Captains to obtain the pilotage exemption
Naviera Armas was established in 1941 and has become one of the most important shipping companies in the Canary Islands. It has used more than 50 vessels over the years. It began in Lanzarote, thanks to the work of Antonio Armas Curbelo, who started working with wooden hull boats, pure sailing boats and motor sailers, and legendary names in the history of cabotage in the islands dedicated to salt transport and freight. Armas Curbelo later on included steel hull ships with diesel propulsion and steam engines into the fleet, thus expanding the commercial activity of the company beyond the borders of the islands, gaining importance in the old province of Spanish Sahara.
His son, Antonio Armas Fernández, picked up the baton from his entrepreneurial father and is currently the chairman of the company. He knows the new trends in the sector and thanks to his initiative the first roll-on/roll-off vessels were introduced into the Canary Islands. This stage started in 1975, with the purchase of two minor GRT ships, which covered the inter-insular routes, called Volcán de Yaiza and Volcán de Tahíche.
In 1995 there was a significant change in the company’s strategy when it decided to enter the passenger and freight market. It included new ferries built in Vigo Volcán de Tauce and Volcán de Tejeda, which later on led to a renovation of means, in accordance with the Fleet Plan 2003/2006.
Four vessels were built, which were given names of volcanoes in the Canary Islands, Volcán de Tindaya, which covers the route from Playa Blanca (Lanzarote) to Corralejo (Fuerteventura) 14 times a day; Volcán de Tamasite, which covers the route from Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) to Morrojable (Fuerteventura) twice a day; Volcán de Timanfaya, from Tenerife/Gran Canaria to Lanzarote 7 times a week; and lastly, Volcán de Taburiente which connects the westernmost islands: from Tenerife to La Gomera and El Hierro. These four ships involved a large investment and an important step forward regarding quality. They are latest generation ships that enable the Canary Islands to spearhead regional maritime communications in Europe.
Naviera Armas has 10 Ro-Pax vessels to transport passengers and freight, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The company currently has the largest and most modern fleet in Europe thanks to its Fleet Renovation Plan started in 2003, based on renewing one ship a year.