Gozo Channel operates the largest ferry fleet in the Maltese islands. Three ferries cruising between Gozo and the mainland Malta, carry over 3.3 million passengers annually. It is the 'LIFE LINE' of Gozo, acting as a marine highway for commercial users, tourists and the daily commuters alike.
There are around 240 dedicated employees who have contributed to make the transit between the sister islands a most pleasant and enjoyable experience.
In the fleet, the Master supervises the entire ship's operation from the bridge, which is the communications and navigation center of the vessel. The First Officer assists the Master with the operation of the vessel, including loading and unloading operations. Except when docking or in tight quarters, the steering of the ship is generally left to the bosun who follows the directions of the bridge officer. Able-bodied seamen (AB) and ordinary seamen (OS) work as deckhand, directing vehicles, securing lines when the ship docks, acting as lookouts, patrolling the vessel for safety hazards and cleaning of the vessel.
Beneath the car deck, the engine room and control center are supervised by the Chief Engineer, who oversees repairs and maintenance to the vessel's mechanical and electrical equipment. The Chief Engineer and the Assistant Engineer also monitor all the control system and in some instances, control the speed of the vessel, in line with the Master's commands. The oiler assists the engineers by physically monitoring the performance of all the machinery, thus ensuring that everything is operating correctly.
It is therefore obvious that the personnel involved in the various categories of work have to adhere to strict standards of professional performance making sure that they are working in unison and executing competently, thereby ensuring an environment which is consistently dynamic.