Gozo Channel’s controversial choice of business partner for the implementation of the fast ferry service between Malta and Gozo has now been referred to the court. This is due to the fact that it chose a relatively ‘green’ business partner.
Fast ferry service veteran Virtu Ferries has raised an objection to the fact that the tender calls for a partner with at least five years of experience in the fast ferry sector. However, Gozo Channel chose to award the tender to Islands Ferry Network Ltd., despite the fact that the company was launched only a few days prior to Gozo Channel’s announcement. Gozo Channel is also inexperienced in the fast ferry sector.
Virtu Ferries also objected to the fact that the call for a business partner did not abide by public procurement rules.