Subsequent to extensive sea trials, the TMV 84 Ramon Llull was delivered to Spanish shipowner Balearia Eurolines Maritimes from Rodriquez Cantieri Navali
’s Messina yard in Sicily – two weeks ahead of schedule.
It is fitting that the vessel, which will operate on the Barcelona to Menorca route, is named after 13th Century philosopher Ramon Llull, who was born in Palma de Mallorca, made the short tip to the Ballearic Island where the vessel will operate.
The sea trials, which encompassed more than three weeks, concluded on May 5, 2003, with positive results; the vessel, which can carry up to 330 tons dwt, surpassed speeds of 40 knots.
Ramon Llull can hold up to 462 passengers in both tourist and first class, and holds a garage that is equipped with hydraulically hoistable ramps for 56 cars. Alternatively, the vessel can hold 22 cars with 110 linear truck lane m. Comprised of aluminum, the vessel’s power is provided by four M
AN B&W 18VP185 diesels each coupled to a dedicated Lips watejet at 14,800 kW.
Also part of the vessel’s technological advances is Rodriquez’s innovative ride control system, which consists of four anti-roll fins with forward and aft T-foils all centrally located by an advanced bridge mounted system. Trim tabs are then integrated into the aft T-foil skegs, thus steering the vessel at speeds over 15 knots. The waterjets can also remain in their optimal thrust position via this system.