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Virtu ferries Asked for a 10-year Quay Concession in the Port of Catania

In order to start the new high-speed service linking Malta and Sicily (which has been recently postponed of few months), Virtu Ferries has just asked the local port authority a quay concession in the pot of Catania.

The request is for 10 years, for a surface of roughly 5,000m2 (onshore and offshore).

Virtu Ferries will deploy JEAN DE LA VALLETTE between Valletta and Catania responding to the requirements of Maltese and Sicilian importers and exporters while the other unit in fleet, SAINT JOHN PAUL II (photo), is to remain active between Malta and the Sicilian port of Pozzallo.

Virtu Ferries’ New High-Speed Line Malta – Catania Postponed

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The high-speed ferry operator Virtu Ferries publicly announced that the start of the new route between Malta and Catania (Sicily) will be postponed.

Last year, the company said it would deploy the vessel JEAN DE LA VALETTE between Valletta, Augusta and Catania in Q1 2021, responding to the requirements of Maltese and Sicilian importers and exporters.

The new plans see both JEAN DE LA VALETTE and SAINT JOHN PAUL II active during summer on Virtu Ferries’ maritime link between Malta and the Sicilian port of Pozzallo.

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Virtu Ferries, operators of the high-speed ferry SAINT JOHN PAUL II, have been authorized by the Maltese and Italian Authorities, to operate the vessel on the Malta-Pozzallo-Malta route as per schedule. This service can only be availed of by registered commercial vehicles and their drivers.


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Incat Tasmania has delivered a 110m fast vehicle/passenger ferry to Virtu Ferries of Malta for their service between Malta and Sicily.

The vessel, SAINT JOHN PAUL II has departed Hobart Tasmania on the first leg of her delivery voyage and will arrive in Grand Harbour Valletta by the end of this month.

Incat hull 089 will be the largest ro-pax catamaran ever built for operation in the Mediterranean.


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Virtu Ferries Not Happy With Government Decisions

Virtu Ferries, the operators of the fast catamaran service between Malta and Sicily, launched a legal challenge contesting the selection of Islands Ferry Network Ltd by the Gozo Ministry. The latter has been selected as partner to Gozo Channel.

According to Virtu, the selected company, which was officially registered just a few days before the public announcement, did not have the necessary experience and resources to carry out such a service.

Virtu is also challenging a tender issued by Transport Malta that is connected to the provision of Malta-Gozo ferry services and the provision of government subsidies for the operation.

SAINT JOHN PAUL II selected as name for the new Virtu Ferries catamaran

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Incat is building a 110m wave piercing catamaran for Virtu Ferries of Malta, with delivery planned for end 2018. This new unit will become the 15th fast ferry Virtu has acquired and it will be the largest high-speed catamaran in the Mediterranean. A crossing from Malta to Sicily will take 90 minutes, berth to berth.
This week it has been announced that the ferry will be named after Saint John Paul II. Pope John Paul II sailed with Virtu Ferries when visiting the island in 1990.
For Virtu Ferries this new vessel provides a significant increase in capacity offering 43% more truck capacity, 15% more pax capacity and 7% more car capacity.

Photo © Incat / Virtu Ferries