Transport Malta to introduce Steamferry service in Marsamxett
Transport Malta has signed a contract with Marsamxetto Steamferry Services Limited for the “Provision of Scheduled Maritime Ferry Services for the Grand Harbour and the Port of Marsamxett”.
The contract signed is for a period of eight (8) years. The Operator, chosen through a competitive tender, will operate two simultaneous services, one in each Port.
The service in Marsamxett will commence immediately while the service in the Grand Harbour will start to coincide with the commissioning of the Lift at Barrakka.
The signing of the contract was possible after the Court of Justice turned down a request for a prohibitory injunction filed last month by three water taxi operators.
The main objective of this service contract is to ensure a reliable maritime transport which is operated on a fixed time schedule, offered at a regulated price and with a level of service aimed at stimulating its further increase in popularity.
The Operator is obliged to operate the service all year round, with departures operating at a maximum interval of thirty (30) minutes from each landing place, within a minimum stipulated schedule as follows in both ports:
Monday to Saturday: 07:00h till 18.00h
Sundays and Public Holidays: 10:00h till 16:00h
Monday to Saturday: 07:00h till 19.00h
Sundays and Public Holidays: 09:00h till 18:00h