Transport Malta has just announced a call of proposals leading to a private contract to provide a service which carries passengers on ferries with at least 6 stops, starting from Marsaxlokk to Gozo. This is to believe that will encourage more people to use sea public transport instead of road transport.
While diverse projects on land are in operation with the aim to improve the road infrastructure, the government is also finding alternative means regarding the public transport by introducing ferries.
Transport Malta announced a call for proposals for such services leaving them free to choose the routes, as long as it includes stops from where people get on/off in Marsaxlokk, Valletta, Ta’ Xbiex, St. Julian’s, St. Paul’s Bay and Gozo. Berthing services will be provided and may only be used by the authorised people who will be given a 15 year contract. During the 15 years, Transport Malta will not be able to authorise similar services on the same routes.
Those who respond to the call, will have to give proof that they have minimum of 5 years experience in marine transport. The vessel needs to be able to carry at least 200 passengers. Transport Malta stated that who wins the concession, has to pay an annual fee and donate a part of the marine service annual income.
A modern ticketing system that can be also used on other means of transport will have to be provided by the ones who obtain the contract within 6 months.
This ferry service will not replace the Gozo Channel ferry or the Malta-Gozo Tunnel. The call for proposals closes on the 7th of September.