Gozo ferry damaged after crashing into jetty at Mgarr

An investigation has been launched after one of the Gozo ferries crashed into a quay during stormy weather.

Gozo Channel told 89.7 Bay that the MV Malita suffered damage when it hit the jetty as it arrived in Mgarr Harbour on Monday.

The ship, which can carry 900 passengers and nearly 140 cars, has been taken out of service for urgent repairs.

Gozo minister Justyne Caruana confirmed that no-one was injured in the accident.

The crash leaves only two ships running between Mgarr and Cirkewwa, the MV Gaudos and the MV Ta’ Pinu.

The fourth ferry, the MV Nikolaos, was taken out of service earlier this month for an upgrade.

It is due to return to passenger duties on December 12.

The minister told MPs that Gozo Channel would run a shuttle service between Malta and Gozo until further notice.

She admitted: ‘This will cause inconvenience in terms of the current schedule but nobody is to blame.’

Some social media users claimed the accident was further proof that a tunnel was needed between Malta and Gozo.

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