Valletta Cruise Port awarded as Best Port of Call Global

For the second consecutive year, Valletta has been chosen by Spanish-speaking cruisers as the Best Port of Call Global, an honour awarded during Premios Cruceroadicto 2023 held during FITUR Madrid 2024 last week. Mark Cauchi Garzia, Deputy GM of Valletta Cruise Port Plc represented the company during the event. These awards are the result of [...]

January 30th, 2024|Article|

BOV supporting climate alignment in the shipping industry

As a partner of the Malta Maritime Forum since its inception, Bank of Valletta's relationship with the shipping industry has been vital for the operation of international trade and commerce, which is so important for Malta due to its insularity". This was stated by Kenneth Farrugia, CEO at Bank of Valletta during the recently held [...]

January 29th, 2024|Article|


The Malta Maritime Forum (MMF) has gone on record on numerous occasions with its views on the introduction of the EU Directive on the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) as applied to Shipping and its negative implications for Malta. The MMF’s calls for a postponement in the implementation were serious and responsible.  They were made with [...]

January 9th, 2024|Article|

MMF Proudly Congratulates Dr Ann Fenech on Her Inclusion in “Lloyd’s List One Hundred People – The shipping industry’s most influential people”

The Malta Maritime Forum proudly congratulates Dr Ann Fenech, on her inclusion, once again, amongst the Lloyds List Shipping Industry’s most influential people. Typically, in its 2023 Edition Fourteen, The Lloyds List One Hundred People includes owners of the world’s largest fleets, box port operators, technology leaders, maritime lawyers, ship managers and shipbrokers amongst others. [...]

December 14th, 2023|Article|

Malta Freeport achieves record number of moves on mega vessel

Malta Freeport Terminals performed a staggering 14,600 moves on the CMA CGM mega containership Palais Royal in a record-breaking feat for the facility. The LNG-powered, 400-metre-long vessel – capable of carrying 23,000 TEU containers – sailed into Malta Freeport on December 6 and is currently en route to Marseilles - the headquarters of CMA CGM [...]

December 13th, 2023|Article|

If shipping lines move to non-EU ports it will be ‘close to impossible’ to bring them back

If big shipping lines move to non-EU ports as a result of an environmental tax that will be introduced by the European Union next year “it will be close to impossible” to bring them back, maritime law expert Ann Fenech told The Malta Independent on Sunday. Expressing her disappointment that the European Commission is biding [...]

November 27th, 2023|Article|

Urgent Implementation Rethink Required to Ensure Achievement of the Commendable Objectives of EU ETS Shipping

The Maritime Industry is fully committed to decarbonization and environmental protection because the Industry itself is a victim of grave, climate change consequences.  Rising sea and air temperatures, shifting sea levels and the frequency of extreme marine events are devastating to the operations of the Industry. The Industry fully supports the principles and objectives behind [...]

November 19th, 2023|Article|

EU shipping tax puts Malta in ‘imminent risk’ of losing role as transhipment hub – MMF

The Malta Maritime Forum expressed concern about the “imminent risk” that major shipping companies pull out of Malta as a result of an environment tax that will be introduced in European Union countries as from next year. There is a “likely scenario” in which Malta will lose its role as a transhipment hub, as shipping [...]

November 12th, 2023|Article|

United against EU cost threat. A new EU shipping directive will deal a big blow to Malta’s Freeport’s competitiveness unless it is amended

It was both timely and pertinent for The Sunday Times of Malta to highlight the threat posed by the new EU environmental tariff (known as the EU ETS for Shipping Directive) to Malta’s import and export market. If it is allowed to remain as is, the directive, which forms part of the European Green Deal [...]

November 12th, 2023|Article|

Maritime industry at centre of new economic model for Malta

Malta Maritime Forum pushes on for the need to have a holistic maritime strategy and a dedicated authority. World Maritime Day has been celebrated on September 28 since 1978 to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment but it also serves to shed light on an industry which, [...]

October 5th, 2023|Article|
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