“Malta’s leading ship owners”
Virtu Holdings is a conglomerate of ship owning companies which, overtime, diversified into other interests including maritime related activities such as bunkering and ship management as well as tourism, real estate and import.
The company’s core activity is owning, managing and operating High Speed Passenger and Car Ferries.
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.
The company’s first vessels traded on a scheduled service between Malta and northern European ports and later on tramping services. In the immediate post World War II years the company was responsible for clearing Maltese harbours and national waters of derelict and sunken vessels; a salvage operation undertaken on behalf of the British Government over a period of fifteen years.