Fast ferry cancellation raises many questions, PN insist

The Nationalist Party insisted that the government had a lot to answer for following its decision to do away with a promised fast ferry service between Malta and Gozo, in favour of a hop-on hop-off ferry service in which the type of ferry to be used is not specified.

In a statement issued by transport spokesman Toni Bezzina and its 3 Gozitan MPs, the PN observed that the government has failed to reply to appeals to reconsider the cancellation of the fast ferry service, including those made by Gozitan students and the island’s business community.

In light of this, the party said, Transport Minister Ian Borg, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri, Transport Malta and the Gozo Channel had a lot to answer for. The government, they said, not only failed to keep one of its electoral promises, but also raised suspicions of a lack of transparency.

  • What is the true reason behind the abandonment of the fast ferry project?
  • Which studies have been carried out to justify the abandonment of the fast ferry in favour of a hop-on hop-off ferry service?
  • Where have the relevant studies published, if any were made?
  • What was the motive behind the cancellation of the selection process for a fast ferry operator, incompetence or intentional disruption? If the latter, what was the intention? Who will assume responsibility for the cancellation of the selection process, and for the subsequent abandonment of the project and related consequences?
  • How long will it take for the hop-on hop-off ferry to travel from Gozo to Valletta and vice versa?
  • How many stops will there be along the hop-on hop-off ferry, and where?
  • How frequent will the hop-on hop-off service be and what ticket prices will be implemented?
  • Is it true that the request for proposals issued for the hop-on hop-off service included restrictions on competition from certain operations?
  • If this restriction was introduced, why was it introduced, and who benefited from it?
  • If this restriction was introduced, were any complaints made and how did the government respond?