In 2010 Virtu Ferries expanded its fleet by commissioning the M/V Jean De La Valette from Australia’s ship builders Austal Ship. The custom built, state of the art, high speed passenger/car ferry can carry 800 passengers in 6 air conditioned lounges, with reclining leather seats for perfect passenger comfort. Those who wish, may also make use of ample seating space on the open air decks. Leisure areas include a shop, offering interesting and useful items at very favourable prices, as well as 3 catering outlets. The vessel can carry 165 vehicles on the car deck and can take up to 20 trailers, commercial and other heavy vehicles.
With effect from end of March 2021 Jean de la Valette will service a scheduled, 3 hour, route between Malta and Catania. Currently Jean De La Valette is deployed, on behalf of the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, after an international call, on a route between the island of Trinidad and the sister island of Tobago.
Jean De La Valette complies with stringent IMO (International Maritime Organization) safety regulations as well as those imposed by the European Union.
|Year of build:||2010|
|Built by:||Austal Ships, WA|
|Vessel type:||High Speed Craft|
|Length Overall:||106.5 meters|
|Vehicles:||156 cars or 45 cars and 342 truck lane meters|
|Propulsion:||4x Rolls – Royce KaMeWa Water jets|
|Main engines:||4x MTU 8000 series 9100 kW each|
|Service Speed:||38 knots|