As many travellers leaving Malta by sea are aware, no passenger and private car service was available from Malta to Italy. Up to last year we had a connection between Malta and Civitavecchia while previously we had connections to Livorno and Genoa. But all these lines either shut down their Malta route or else decided not to take on passengers but reserved their sailing for freight. In fact, for somebody to travel up to the North of Italy, and further on, by car would need to first take a ferry from Malta to Pozzallo or Catania, than either drive up the Autostrada del Sol (A1) or drive to Palermo or Catania and take another ferry from there to the north. This caused loss of time and additional expense to travellers from Malta.
Gollcher Group in cooperation with Grimaldi Holdings of Genova, have just concluded a new passenger and private car ferry from Malta with a stop in Augusta, Sicily, and going up to Salerno, thus reducing a substantial amount of kilometres to those travelling further north, or to that area itself.
The ship being used is the Audacia, which is a modern Ro-Ro / passenger ship built in 2007 with a length of 199 metres and a beam of 34 metres. Gross tonnage is 25058 and a deadweight of 8500 tons. Capable of a top speed of 23.1 knots, the ship promises relatively short voyages.
During summer, the vessel will arrive in Malta every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and will leave Malta every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Bookings for cargo on board this vessel are being accepted at the Gollcher Valletta office on telephone number 25691103, whilst passenger and private vehicle reservations are being handled by the ‘ Cruise and Travel Group ‘ at their Sea Passenger Terminal at Pinto Wharf Valletta on 21235003 or their Sliema office on telephone 21334690.
Incidentally, this new service will also work retrospective, that is bringing numbers of tourists to Malta from Italy who would not normally come because of the long distance to drive to Pozzallo.
For further information contact:
Gollcher Group of Companies
19 Zachary Street, Valletta VLT1133
Phone: (+356) 25691103 / (+356) 25691100
Cruise and Travel Group
Port Office Pinto Wharf
Phone: (+356) 21235003
Sliema Office (+356) 21 334690