Time for immediate action – The Association for Gozitan Employees in Malta
Technical faults happen and are understandable since the current Gozo Channel fleet is around 18 years old and in the last couple of years, the vessels were regularly called for maintenance and repair. Their ageing is a constant strain on those who depend on Gozo Channel to make a living, be it employees, self-employed or businesses. Thanks to economic progress, commercial activity in Gozo is improving, however, the current structures and operations are not coping with the increased demand and are thus jeopardizing the sustainability of progress.
The needs of the present have to be dealt with immediately. Permanent links will not be installed in the coming weeks and we are requesting the relevant authorities to treat short-term exigencies with high care. We are aware that government has been working on the fast ferry in the last months. However, for reasons reported in the media, this process has been delayed. We are requesting that authorities prioritise the resolution of this matter in order to avoid further delays in the commencement of operations.
Furthermore, with reference to statements on the introduction of the fourth vessel to the current fleet, we request constant updates to the public. While acknowledging the introduction of another vessel is not a swift process, we request that all the current three vessels operate simultaneously and daily. Leaving from Point A in Gozo to arrive in Point B in Malta is turning into a hectic and long journey with the current schedule. Traffic jams in Mgarr and Cirkewwa is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Parking spots in these areas are increasingly being exhausted.
The Association for Gozitan Employees in Malta requests authorities to refer to immediate and efficient action. Moving from the “One Day” concept to the “Day One” concept is a must. The way of living of around 31,000 citizens and the economy of an island highly depend on accessibility to the mainland.