Gozo Channel was formed in 1979, to maintain, develop, and operate a sea transport service to and from Malta, Gozo and elsewhere which, by the carriage of passengers, freight and mail, will serve the national economy and interest of the Maltese Islands.
The overriding business strategy for Gozo Channel is to provide an economic, efficient, profitable, reliable and safe service to Gozo and for the Company's customers. Management has identified a number of key elements which will assist the Company achieve its objectives.
Initially Gozo Channel took over the four ships which were previousely owned by E. Zammit & Sons Ltd. and additionally purchased another vessel later in the year, namely the MV Għawdex. Initially, these vessels performed an average of eight (8) round trips per day. Gozo Channel also operated services to Sicily from 1981 onwards, but this service was discontinued in 1995.
A hovermarine and a catamaran were later used for express services between Malta and Gozo from 1988 to 2002. By 1990 the company was carrying 1.93 million passengers and 370,000 cars annually. By the mid-1990s a moderization program started and three brand new ships were built at the Malta Shipyards andn were delivered between March 2000 to March 2002.
Gozo Channel nowadays also operates both the Mġarr and the Ċirkewwa ferry terminals.
Gozo Channel was formed
In 1979 the Government of Malta formed Gozo Channel to provide a reliable sea-link between the main island of Malta and Gozo. Initially Gozo Channel took over the four ships which were previousely owned by E. Zammit & Sons Ltd., and two more vessels were purchased later in the year, namely the MV Għawdex and MV Mġarr.