Valletta Gateway Terminals Ltd (VGT), a subsidiary of Portek International in Singapore, holds a 30-year concession, jointly with Tumas Group of Malta, to manage and operate the multi-purpose facilities at Malta’s Grand Harbour. Apart from being the island’s greatest geographical asset, this harbour has a depth which allows for the berthing of many types of vessels. Its central location enables VGT and logistic providers to offer an effective distribution network that meets the demand of local industries and consumers. VGT handles around 50,000 containers and RORO trailers, 16,000 vehicles and 200,000 tons of bulk and conventional cargo a year.
Spreading over an area of over 9 hectares with a total quay length of 1200 metres, vessels usually berth on arrival. VGT offers secured storage space, both open and covered. The covered warehouses are suitable for various purposes ranging from filming props set-up to hosting exhibitions and functions. VGT is also equipped with a reefer container area, a container yard and a car compound. VGT has invested in both infrastructure and equipment in order to better handle growing traffic and add value. Over the past years, VGT has broadened its port terminal business by providing long and short term leasing and berthing facilities. The quays are well equipped to handle all sorts of vessels such as cruise liners, super yachts, fishing boats, tugboats, submarines, war vessels and seismic vessels.
In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta acts as a transhipment hub to the various ports in Southern Europe and Northern Africa. Any service that operates between the straits of Gibraltar and the Suez Canal has to pass by Malta without deviation. The strategic location of Malta, coupled with VGT’s technical know-how of handling various cargo types, opens up opportunities for shipping lines and cargo owners to establish a consolidation and transhipment hub in Malta for various cargo such as RORO, cars, containers, conventional and bulk.