04 June 2003

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MV Zebbug successfully completes intermediary survey

Sea Malta’s mv Zebbug has successfully completed an intermediate survey in a local dry dock facility. The four week long survey is carried out every two and half years and is in line with the class requirement to ensure the vessel’s structural and mechanical reliability.
Although technically, ships can be subjected to different types of surveys, such intermediate and special surveys are normally scheduled well before and are conducted on a fixed periodical basis. Such a survey consists of a comprehensive technical assessment followed by repair works on the ship’s hull and machinery. Repair works were carried out under the supervision of an appointed technical team from Sea Malta’s ship management division.
During her visit to the ship at the docks, Sea Malta Chairman Marlene Mizzi stated that as the mv Zebbug was undergoing this survey, Sea Malta had to ensure service continuity with a replacement ship. "Sea Malta feels that it was duty bound to carry its corporate responsibility by providing alternative means of transportation from Reggio Calabria and Catania even if this effectively meant an extra and hefty expenditure for the company. This shows that the company’s accountability towards its clients does not cease when the service has to be suspended for repairs and as a responsible company, Sea Malta has ensured the provision of a suitable alternative. In this regard, Sea Malta has engaged the service of a chartered tonnage, which was nearest to the mv Zebbug in terms of carrying capacity and onboard facilities. This was done with the scope to mimic the same system with which clients were familiar and hence minimise potential inconveniences."
The mv Zebbug performs three runs a week from and to Reggio Calabria and another one from Catania from where gases for the industry and hospitals are shipped on a regular basis and therefore, this maritime link sustains a service, which assumes strategic importance.
In a concluding statement, Mrs Mizzi stated that the 33 year-old mv Zebbug was a key element in the equation for guaranteeing continuity of a frequent service between mainland Europe and Malta.

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