The National Infrastructure Development Company (NIDCO) has no issue in signing a one-year lease for the Jean de la Valette with Virtu Ferries, whose managing director Francis Portelli, of parent company Vitru Holdings, has been involved in a huge oil scandal in Malta and has allegations of money laundering and bribery still hanging over his head.
Hours after Government gave details about the leasing arrangement of Maltese vessel Jean De La Valette (JDLV) to ease the country’s seabridge woes, the vessel is now mired in controversy.
The proposal for the lease of the Jean De La Valette (JDLV) as a temporary inter-island ferry to ease up the seabridge woes is already before Cabinet.
During an interview with Guardian Media last Friday, Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan said the new vessel, currently scheduled to arrive by the end of May, will replace the limping T&T Express, which Government plans to sell, until two new ferries arrive in T&T next year. However, he dismissed suggestions this news was new, adding he had raised it in Parliament ‘about a month ago’.