The Malta Independent 19 April 2024, Friday
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New Sliema ferry landing facilities completed

Friday, 22 March 2024, 14:46 Last update: about 27 days ago

Infrastructure Malta has completed new facilities for sea passengers on the Sliema waterfront, the agency said in a statement on Friday.

This facility is designed to offer passengers shelter while waiting, a small room dedicated to issuing tickets for the journey, as well as other amenities for increased safety and accessibility.

The agency's contractors have completed the complex quay structure, which extends almost three stories underwater, supported by concrete piles drilled even deeper into the seabed. The quay will have mechanized gangways for passengers to embark and disembark the ferries, eliminating the need for ferries to be moored to the quay before beginning the boarding or disembarking process. This will also facilitate simultaneous boarding, thereby making the service more efficient. The new facility in Sliema can accommodate sea ferries of up to 40 meters in length.

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This project was completed following Infrastructure Malta's work on a similar project in Bormla. As the usage of this sea service increases, Infrastructure Malta is working on new infrastructure to extend this public transport mode beyond the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour, towards St. Paul's Bay with the reconstruction of a new quay in Buġibba.

This new facility is part of a €5 million project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union, aimed at safer infrastructure for passengers using this alternative public transport mode between Bormla, Sliema, and Valletta.

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