The Gozo ferry vessel Nikolaus will cease operations temporarily in order for works to be carried out in an effort to make it more accessible, the Gozo Channel said on Thursday.
It will stop ferrying passengers between 11th November and 12th December. Nikoloaus had joined the ferry fleet as the fourth vessel in June 2019, with passengers reporting that queueing times had improved drastically. There were a number of complaints about accessibility due to steep stairs, no lift and a dated design.
As a result, modifications to the vessel will include side ramps for passengers to be able to get to the terminals at Cirkewwa and Mgarr. The modifications will be made at a shipyard abroad, in line with negotiations by the vessel owners who agreed to pay for the works.
The Nikolaus will continue to operate until the tender process is finalised for the purchase of a new ship.
The Gozo Channel said that that schedule times will remain unchanged, as published on its website.