Built 2008, Nuovi Canterie Apuani Marina di Carrara, Italy
Tonnage 24 950 GT
Length 199,14 m
Width 26,60 m
Draught 6,40 m
2 623 lanemeters
4 Wärtsilä diesels, combined 24 000 kW
2 bow thrusters
Maximum speed 25 knots
The Estrella Damm - I mean the Tenacia - was completed in 2008 by the Nuovi Canterie Apuani shipyard in Italy for Grimaldi's Grandi Navi Veloci traffic. She was the third unit in a series of eight roro ferries ordered by Grimaldi. Some ships in the series were sold to other operations before completion, and thus only five units in the series actually entered service for Grimaldi.
On delivery the Tenacia was chartered by Grimaldi to Grandi Navi Veloci and entered service on Grandi Navi Veloci's Genoa-Barcelona service, on which she remained until late 2011. At that point the Tenacia was chartered to Acciona Trasmediterránea. She remained in service to and from Barcelona, sailing from Palma de Mallorca to Barcelona and Valencia. Initially she was painted in the standard Acciona Trasmediterránea livery, but in spring 2014 this was altered to colours advetising the Barcelonian beer Estrella Damm. In a particularly unfortunate move the name of the beer brand was painted on the ship's bow, at the location where the ship's own name is usually displayed.
Despite the confusing advertisement, the ship's name remains the Tenacia and she is still sailing on the same service for Trasmediterránea today, the company having largely dropped the name of their parent from their name. Reportedly Acciona aims to sell Trasmediterránea by the end of the year, so soon the Tenacia might be in for another livery change.
The photographs below show the Tenacia arriving at Barcelona on the evening of 9th August 2014. Click on the images to see them in larger size.
|Doing a sharp turn just before sailing inside the harbour breakwater.|
|Now look at where the advertisement is painted and where the ship's name is. Is it any wonder I first thought she was named Estrella?|
|In the background the next ship of the day, Baleria's Martin i Soler, is nearing the harbour...|
|Some camera lens distortion from taking a photo on such a wide angle.|
|In the harbour basin. The Trasmediterránea funnel colours are a bit nonstandard in this ship, normally the white band is much narrower.|
|Barcelona World Trade Center on the left. Also notice the cables of the cable car across the harbour in the background.|