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CF 198: Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal

Project Cost: €10,378,633
Beneficiary: Transport Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure
Start Date: 2010
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

Development of a ferry terminal in the port of Cirkewwa comprising a passenger-handling building with gangway connections to the ships for foot passengers; vehicular marshalling areas; parking and land transport facilities; access and circulation roadways; additional berthing capacity; ancillary buildings and other general enhancements, which has resulted in an improved inter-island transport network in terms of efficiency, safety and comfort.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: Cohesion Fund
Operational Objective: To improve maritime accessibility (also inter-island) by upgrading TEN-T ports and their related infrastructure
Priority Axis: PA5 Safeguarding the Environment
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA3 Maritime Transport Links

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to improve inter-island transport infrastructure along the Malta Gozo TEN-T network to enable a better service to citizens, visitors and the business community in terms of transport efficiency, safety, protection from adverse weather conditions and comfort. In addition, it is to help reduce the impact of double insularity and increase the cohesion of the island of Gozo

Project Results

1. Reduction in ferry user journey time by 5 minutes; 2. 10% increase in satisfaction rate of transport operators/users (amount to be determined through customer satisfaction surveys to be carried out both before- baseline and after completion of the project); 3. Increase by 2% per annum in number of sea passengers crossing between Cirkewwa and Mgarr.

Project Purpose

The project aims to reduce the congestion at the Cirkewwa terminal and improve the highway network within the Maltese islands as proposed in the TINA study for the development of the TEN-T. A modern terminal will be built, which will improve the accessibility to and reduce the insularity of Gozo. It will provide adequate facilities that would streamline passengers and vehicular traffic, improve terminal efficiency, safety and comfort, increase capacity, reduce travel time and further facilitate the transfer of tourists to Gozo, who are so important to its economy. Therefore the new infrastructure will result in an improved service for all passenger and cargo traffic that will pass through Cirkewwa. This will facilitate the unlocking of business potential within this region and will be contributing towards an improved quality of life for both Gozitans and visitors.