A photo which we came across on social media yesterday got us curious – and you know how it is – curiosity kills the cat.
The photo with Malta branding is of a passenger ferry boat moored in Southampton, ready to leave port and sail to where the branding states – MALTA.
Produced by East-Cowes based Wight Shipyard Co. in the United Kingdom, the photo shows one of the four vessels which were ordered by one of Malta’s leading tourism leaders, Captain Morgan.
These 4 new-build vessels, 2x 20m and 2x 33m catamarans, were designed by One2Three Naval Architects.
Peter Morton, CEO of Wight Shipyard told Bay that Wight Shipyard “have been working with One2Three to develop lighter, more fuel-efficient ferries with the subsequent reduction of fuel costs. The operators see the long-term benefits in using less fuel and thereby reducing carbon emissions. We are also working to integrate the boarding design for the ancient wharves and docks of the towns of Malta.”
The 20m harbour fast-ferry vessels will replace a number of older vessels, which already service the harbour routes. They have been designed to service the low wharves at each harbour providing easy embarkation and debarkation for passengers while cruising around the harbour.
Edward Zammit Tabona said that these vessels will be fully operational in May 2020 adding that “We are very excited about this venture and collaboration with Wight Shipyard, which is renowned for its high standards and attention to detail. We are looking forward to launching these vessels which will see Captain Morgan Group take its sea and land transport services to another level.”