Malta’s geographical location plays an important role in its transhipment business. Being strategically located on the main trade routes in the Mediterranean, the largest container ships afloat can call at Malta Freeport Terminals with a minimal deviation of just six nautical miles between Gibraltar and the Suez Canal. In addition, shipping lines calling at Malta Freeport are able to serve both east and west Mediterranean markets with a single mainline call.
Malta Freeport is today a key player in the industry and has ample capacity to handle the world’s largest vessels with a capacity in excess of 23,000 TEUs simultaneously at both terminals. The Freeport’s increasing attractiveness is founded on the right configuration of unparalleled location in the centre of the Mediterranean, outstanding facilities dedicated to transhipment, pristine handling equipment, advanced technology, highly skilled and enterprising personnel, unmatched quality service, as well as an efficacious security system which ensures that its clients’ demands are met efficaciously. Other crucial factors include extensive worldwide regular network connections, high-performance levels and cost-effectiveness, ease of access to markets with minimal diversion distance, easy port accessibility, safe manoeuvrability of vessels and all-year favourable weather conditions.
The hub concept offers several gains for Malta Freeport’s clients, including fewer mainline port calls, reduced voyage times through minimal diversions and shorter transit times by switching east-and-west-bound services over at the port facility. As a result, this enables them to concentrate on profitable voyage legs. Through regular services operating from Malta Freeport, clients reach around 110 ports worldwide, over 60 of which are in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.
Malta Freeport Terminals is today a fully-fledged port, having undergone heavy investment in its facilities over the years and is well recognised for its reputable and high-quality service to its clients.