TRANSPORTATION OF ACCOMPANIED CARGO ON BOARD M/V SAINT JOHN PAUL II ON THE MALTA-SICILY-MALTA ROUTE

ANNOUNCEMENT BY VIRTU FERRIES LIMITED

TRANSPORTATION OF ACCOMPANIED CARGO ON BOARD M/V SAINT JOHN PAUL II ON THE MALTA-SICILY-MALTA ROUTE

Reference is made to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtu Ferries announce that WITH EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL 2020, the Superintendent of Public Health and The Port Health Authorities, have approved the transportation of accompanied cargo on M/V St John Paul II, under strict health control conditions.

Accompanied cargo arriving Malta from Sicily aboard M/V Saint John Paul II (the Vessel) shall be disembarked / embarked at the Virtu Sea Terminal, Marsa (Terminal Secure Area) only under the following strict conditions:

  • Drivers, embarking in Sicily and arriving in Malta, shall not leave the Virtu Terminal Secure Area during their short stay in Malta awaiting their return journey back to Sicily. Drivers shall limit themselves to driving the accompanied vehicle from the Vessel onto the quay and vice versa.

 

  • Drivers embarking in Malta and arriving in Sicily, shall not leave the Designated Port Facility in Pozzallo during their stay in Sicily awaiting their return journey back to Malta. Drivers shall limit themselves to driving the accompanied vehicle from the Vessel onto the quay and vice versa

 

  • The drivers of accompanied cargo who prefer not to travel with their vehicle after boarding M/V Saint John Paul II, may disembark at the port of embarkation. In such instances the accompanied vehicle will be disembarked at destination by the transporters’ designated driver.

These restrictions are in line with the current policy of maintaining social distance, while at the same time providing for the maintenance of the supply chain for the importation of perishable foods, medicines and other essential items. These temporary measures take cognisance of EU Guidelines (COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION on the implementation of the Green Lanes under the Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services)

VOYAGES, TOMORROW SUNDAY 5TH APRIL, MONDAY 6TH AND TUESDAY 7TH APRIL ARE UNEFFECTED BY THESE MEASURES AND ARE OPERATIONAL AS USUAL.