Exclusive berthing rights to chosen passenger ferry operator; TM designates mandatory landing areas

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Transport Malta has issued a request for proposals for the introduction of a ferry service in Malta and Gozo. The concession will be for 15 years and will feature ticket booths, departure points and eco-vessels.

A market research conducted by Transport Malta shows that the concession is valued at €115,500,000 excluding VAT.

Those who will participate in the tendering process, need to include landing areas in localities which Transport Malta has designated as mandatory. These are Marsaxlokk, Ta’ Xbiex, St Paul’s Bay, St Julian’s, Valletta and Gozo.

Ferry boat operators are urged to make use of the clarification mechanism during the clarification period to identify additional localities which are not listed down in the Request for Proposal (RfP). The clarification meeting will take place on 30 July.

Transport Malta will be providing berthing facilities to the chosen operator over which they would be granted ‘exclusive or priority berthing rights’. The authority has to provide the berthing areas and facilities within the 18 month implementation period. By giving exclusive berthing rights, no other passenger ferry services operator will be granted berthing rights from the same location.

Those bidding for the tender are required to have a minimum of five consecutive years’ experience operating various types of scheduled passenger ferries of various capacities offering ferry services or boat services within Maltese territorial waters during the period 2010-2020. In their request for proposal, bidders are to provide details about routes operated and schedule of services, vessels deployed and annual number of passengers handled placing a minimum 850,000 passengers.

Sources speaking to Newsbook.com.mt noted that there are already a few ferry boat operators which service certain routes. These operators would not be allowed to berth if the chosen operator proposes the same spot in their proposal.