NGOs concern ferry firm will take over larger a part of Balluta Bay


A bunch of surroundings NGOs complained Wednesday that a larger a part of the seashore in Balluta Bay could also be taken up by the operators of a ferry than initially deliberate.

The NGOs mentioned that after having been granted permission by the Planning Authority to function a vacationer catamaran in Balluta Bay, Captain Morgan (owned by Fortina group) has now utilized to ‘occupy almost the entire seashore’ on the left of the bay, ‘successfully denying the general public’s enjoyment of the ocean from this half’.

The teams mentioned the appliance was disguised as a “minor amendments process” to the permitted software.

They mentioned the operators are looking for permission to cordon off almost the entire sea-level platform in Balluta Bay by establishing a steady railing. This may thus have unique use of this platform for its catamaran operations, with the general public being denied accessibility to one of many final strips alongside the bay and, consequently, to the ocean adjoining to it.


The organisations identified that the foreshore is traditionally public area and that, due to this fact, it can’t be taken over by non-public speculative tasks.

“The minor amendments process that Fortina is making an attempt to make use of for its growth permits the applicant to keep away from the traditional planning course of and therefore deprive the general public of its proper to object. Since Fortina’s proposal extends past the positioning lined of their authentic software, it’s clearly not eligible to be processed beneath this process,” the teams insisted. 

They mentioned that the Planning Authority’s approval of the catamaran amenities  in Balluta Bay was a shameful choice that’s presently being appealed by a number of organisations and the St. Julian’s Native Council.

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The assertion was signed by  Din l-Artwork Ħelwa, Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar,
Mates of the Earth Malta, Moviment Graffitti, Nature Belief Malta, Ramblers Affiliation Malta, Rota, The Archaeology Society Malta in addition to St Julian’s Council. 

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