The government’s plans for a ferry network which would link Gozo to various Maltese ports are not an adequate substitute for a promised fast ferry service, the Gozo Business Chamber said.
In a statement, the chamber urged the government to review its decision and relaunch plans for a fast ferry service linking Gozo to the Grand Harbour.
The fast ferry – which would have reached Valletta in less than 45 minutes – had been promised in the government’s electoral manifesto, as the GBC highlighted. But the government has scrapped the plan in favour of a proposed network in which the type of ferry is not specified.
Speaking to Newsbook.com.mt, Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri argued that the new plans represented an upgrade on the original plans. He also said that at this day and age, “all ferries are fast:” the fast ferry service would have used catamarans.
But Camilleri’s reasoning did not impress the chamber, which said that a conventional ferry service would not address Gozo’s needs.
The GBC said that while a permanent link between the two islands remained the best option, it nevertheless believed that Gozo should be connected through all the options possible. The fast ferry service, it recalled, was proposed as a method to significantly reduce traffic between the two islands.