The GUG comments on fourth ferry proposal

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Gozo Ferry - Mgarr Harbour

Gozo Ferry – Mgarr Harbour

During a question and answer session on Gvern li Jisma, the Minister for Gozo, Justyne Caruana, discussed the possibility of adding an additional ferry to take the Gozo Channel fleet up to a total of four.

The extra ferry would facilitate expanding the number of crossings between the two islands to cope with the demand which has increased over the past few years.

Commenting on this new proposal, the Gozo University Group said that it believes that it would be a very good idea as the shuttle service could still operate even when a ferry is  in for repair.

The GUG added that he project would entail improvements at Mgarr Harbour to accommodate this fourth ferry, and that whilst this would be a good idea, it is not a long-term solution.

The results of a survey conducted recently by the GUG show that students would rather have a fast-ferry service than a fourth ferry.

The GUG concluded by saying that short-term solutions should not be used to to try and make up for a long-term problem, and that it believes that only the long-awaited tunnel will solve the problem adequately.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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    1 Response

    1. Lino DeBono says:

      Gozo Channel should have not one extra Ferry but two. The first for passenger and cars and the second for Cargo. The latter to separate Cargo from passengers and also facilitating vehicles flow much easier.
      This would require berthing facilities at Mgarr Harbour as at present it doesn’t enjoy such facilities.
      The Fast Ferry Service was promised by both political Parties in their Election Manifesto, so I expect that in the very near future this will be introduced. I would also expect that some sort of financial survey on this service is published regarding costs, expenses, viability and fares.

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