Ponte Ferries has suspended its crossings to Augusta, citing mandatory drydocking of its catamaran for routine checks. It said it expects to return to service in mid-March.

The company started its services in mid-November having been granted a temporary permit from the Italian authorities to operate to the Sicilian port. Services had originally been meant to start in August. 

Ponte was operating five trips a week. 

"We anticipate that the service of the HSC Artemis will be operational around mid March 2022," the company said on Tuesday in a notice on Facebook.


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