Venezia Lines is a high speed ferry operator that operated its first trip in May 2003. Operating in the North Adriatic, Venezia Lines links the North Adriatic’s coasts of Italy, Croatia and Slovenia. To date Venezia Lines has carried in access of 1 million passengers between Venice and the Northern Coast of Croatia and Slovenia.
Venezia Lines is the North Adriatic’s leading ferry company that has brought to the market reliability and experience by following the trends in the travel industry. The company is backed by the technical experience of Virtu Ferries Ltd, operators of high speed ferries for over 20 years.
In the North Adriatic Venezia Lines is currently utilising 2 vessels, San Frangisk and her sister vessel San Pawl, both with a capacity of 310 passenger, They are currently deployed on routes between Venice, Italy and the Croatian ports of Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Rabac, and Umag as well as Piran in Slovenia. With a crossing time of between 2 hrs 30 mins and 4 hrs depending on destination, Venezia Lines is by far the fastest carrier between these ports, averaging at a speed of approx 35 knots. This service, operational between April and October, provides visitors to the Istria Peninsula with the opportunity of visiting Venice on one of the company’s increasingly popular Day-Return trips to Venice. Apart from these popular day trips, Venezia Lines has managed to create an alternative means of transportation to travellers in Europe, being the first company operating vessels in the North Adriatic, to offer their services online. Since its commencement of operation they have transported an average of 20,000 individual one way passengers per year between the Croatian and Slovenian ports to Venice and vice versa. Venezia Lines can now be considered to market leader in this sector, transporting on average 97% of the One Way market.
Venezia Lines’ head office is situated in Croatia, with a subsidiary office in Venice.
Venezia Lines is a subsidiary of Virtu Holdings.
Virtu Holdings saw its origins as a ship owning company in 1945 operating cargo vessels between the Mediterranean and northern European ports. Currently the company’s core business is that of owners and operators of High Speed Passenger/Car Ferries on various routes, including Malta-Sicily and ports in the Adriatic. Other maritime services include bunkering and ship management. A number of other interests include real estate with a portfolio of commercial, industrial and residential properties in some of the island’s prime sites and a holding in one of Malta’s leading 5 Star Deluxe hotels.
Virtu Ferries, operates a scheduled High Speed Car/Passenger Ferry Service between Malta and Sicily. With a crossing time of 90 minutes to Pozzallo this daily, year-round, day return, service has eliminated the geographic divide between Malta and main land Europe, making Malta truly part of the European Market.
The service, operational since 1988, now carries 300,000 passengers and 54,000 private and commercial vehicles, annually, between Malta and its closest neighbour, Sicily. The M/V JEAN DE LA VALETTE was delivered, in August 2010 and can carry 800 passengers and 156 vehicles including up to 20 trailers, commercial and other heavy vehicles.
The schedule of just over 860 round trips per year allows for year-round Day Return Excursions to Sicily from Malta and similar seasonal excursions to Malta from Sicily; these excursions, of ever increasing popularity, have turned Malta and Sicily into two-point tourist destinations. Significantly the schedule also caters for niche commercial markets with a daily interchange of fresh agricultural and dairy products and fish between the two islands.
Tankship Management, a 100% owned subsidiary of Virtu Holdings, provides the full range of marine technical services, marine engineering and ship registration under the Malta Flag. Marine technical services provided include dry docking, preventive maintenance, supplies, crewing, compliance audit with all statutory requirements including ISM, ISPS and Flag State and Port State regulations.
Tankship Management has been awarded three prestigious contracts by EMSA, The European Maritime Safety Agency, for stand-by oil-spill recovery vessels. The Valletta Petroleum Holdings vessel, “Balluta Bay” is stationed at Valletta, Malta and covers The Geographic Areas Mediterranean (East). The vessel is equipped with state of the art oil recovery technology, including oil dispersant booms installed in 2015.
Under normal circumstances oil–spill recovery vessels carry out their usual commercial activities and in the event of a large oil spill will, on a request from a Member State to EMSA, cease such activity and immediately operate as an at-sea oil recovery vessel. The company operates a 24/7 Crisis Centre to respond to at-sea oil spill incidents and maritime emergencies.
Tankship Management Limited has been approved by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance to the Quality Management Systems Standards: ISO 9001:2008.
The Quality Management System is applicable to: Support to ship management of Oil Tankers, Passenger Ships and RO-RO Passenger Ships.