The Fortina’s private jetty service in Balluta Bay will start operating this summer. The €20 million project involves the building of a private jetty that will serve as a hop-on-hop-off tourist service run by the Fortina Hotel owners.
In statement issued on Monday, Fortina Investments said its purposely-built, brand new ferries will not enter any swimming zones in Balluta Bay nor will the landing place be placed anywhere near the sandy beach in Balluta and no ticket booths be set up along the St Julian’s promenade. Fortina Investments said it has for years been in talks with the authorities to have all such ticket booths removed from the Sliema Ferries and replaced with one uniform booth for each operator run under strict conditions.
The service, which will operate between Sliema Ferries, St Julian’s, Bugibba and Comino, will initially pick up passengers from St Julian’s up to eight times a day.
A company skokesperson said that the vessels are built to the latest technology standards and are a first within the tourist boat sector in Malta. They will also be replacing the traditional Captain Morgan tour business.
It was also stated that the floating landing place at San Gilian ASC is temporary resting on four legs on the undisturbed seabed and anchored to the existing quay. A nature monitoring condition report will be undertaken throughout the next five years to ensure that all seabed conditions remain intact.