VIDEO: Two catamarans for Gozo’s fast ferry service arrive in Malta

Gozo Fast Ferry Ltd’s  high-speed passenger catamarans have just arrived in Malta in time to start operating a shuttle service between Malta and Gozo from 1 June.

The 40-metre, state-of-the-art vessels arrived last night andboth entered the Grand Harbour this morning.

Built in 2018, the seacraft — named Your Faith and Your Wisdom — come equipped with the latest environmental technology, advanced navigation capabilities, and can carry 300 passengers during each 45-minute trip,

The company said that it had invested in these catamarans after sea transport was recently liberalised.

The trip between Mġarr, Gozo, to the Grand Harbour in Valletta is intended to form part of the company’s vision for multimodal transport and Gozo Fast Ferry Ltd has been collaborating with Malta Public Transport, the operator of the bus service, to ensure users — including those who hold a Tallinja Card — are offered a value-added, seamless, fast journey.

The vessels are equipped with the latest technology to operate the service in conformity with the requisites of Transport Malta.

The fast ferry service between Malta and Gozo is expected to be managed by two operators using three sea vessels.

Speaking to tvm.com.mt, Transport Minister Ian Borg said that the Government is not looking towards one new service, but to have an infrastructure in place so that once the passengers disembark, they will find different means of transport to take them where they want to go. He explained that at the Grand Harbour, passengers who wish to go on foot to Valletta or back to the harbour will be able to use the lift at the Upper Barrakka for free.