Ponte Ferries finally allowed to start Valletta – Augusta

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November 18, Ponte Ferries has finally started its service between Malta and Sicily, with HSC ARTEMIS (former BONANZA EXPRESS).

The much-anticipated service between Wine Wharf quay in Valletta (Malta) and Augusta (Sicily) will initially operate five trips a week, and the itinerary allows for flexible and late departure times to enable passengers to bridge public holidays.

The start was made possible thanks to a temporary permit issued by the Italian authorities.

Ponte Ferries operates in competition with the shorter Pozzallo – Valletta route offered by Virtu Ferries. However, Augusta is closer to Catania.

Fred. Olsen Express Says Goodbye to the BONANZA EXPRESS

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Fred. Olsen Express officially announced the sale of its Incat-built BONANZA EXPRESS (1999).

Fred. Olsen Express’ fleet manager, Juan Ignacio Liaño, said in a Spanish release that the vessel has been sold to a European operator. After a refit it will go to Malta, mid-December.

This milestone is part of the continuous commitment made by the shipping company to improve the fleet. This year it incorporated the new BAJAMAR EXPRESS trimaran.

BAÑADEROS EXPRESS is scheduled for the summer of 2021.

Last minute news / to be confirmed: rumour has it that the new owner and ferry operator could be Ponte Ferries Ltd., a company registered in Malta on 20 October 2020.