May 2024

Strengthening EU Consultation Structures is Key for Malta’s Maritime Industry

May 15th, 2024|

The Board of the Malta Maritime Forum holds dialogue session with Leader of the Opposition, Spokesman for Maritime Affairs and a group of PN candidates running for the forthcoming MEP elections. “The EU and its policies are ever so relevant to the Maltese maritime industry particularly at this juncture when an unprecedented focus is being placed on decarbonisation and taxation issues.  For this reason, the country needs a structured and [...]

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April 2024

Sanctions in shipping: navigating the 12th package of sanctions against Russia

April 17th, 2024|

Council Regulation (EU) 2023/2878 of December 18, 2023, amending Regulation (EU) No. 833/2014 resulted in the adoption of the 12th package of sanctions against Russia, with the aim of imposing additional import and export bans combating sanctions circumvention and closing loopholes. This package of sanctions affects a wide array of areas and industries, ranging from Russian-origin diamond imports to the oil price cap mechanism. In particular to shipping, the regulation [...]

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March 2024

A Win-Win Shift to Waterborne Traffic

March 20th, 2024|

The Malta Maritime Forum welcomed the surge in users of ferry services over the month of February.  As reported in the media, the shift was mainly due to the service becoming free of charge for holders of the Tal-Linja card.  This measure, therefore, proved a great success in that it managed to shift a further 42,000 people from the road to the water raising the total custom to almost 110,000 [...]

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February 2024

Valletta Waterfront’s Forni Buildings rejuvenated

February 29th, 2024|

Valletta Cruise Port, operators of the Valletta Waterfront have recently finalised the restoration of the historic Forni Stores. The buildings referred to as Forni Stores consist of two separate blocks varying in size and proportion. The block closer to Pinto Stores is known as Forni 1 and was built in 1720, with the façade divided into two bays. The other block known as Forni 2 is composed of 3 bays [...]

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January 2024

Valletta Cruise Port awarded as Best Port of Call Global

January 30th, 2024|

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 an international cruise satisfaction survey taken by the growing community of Spanish-speaking cruise travellers, who [...]

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BOV supporting climate alignment in the shipping industry

January 29th, 2024|

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 Malta Maritime Forum progress meeting. "At BOV we recognise the long tradition of maritime services [...]

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THE EUROPEAN EMISSION TRADING SYSTEM AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR MALTA

January 9th, 2024|

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 the highest degree of respect for the European Institutions and their commendable objectives behind the [...]

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December 2023

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

December 14th, 2023|

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. This is yet another remarkable achievement by the Forum’s active Board Member and co-founder in [...]

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Malta Freeport achieves record number of moves on mega vessel

December 13th, 2023|

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 Group, the third largest shipping line in the world and also one of Malta Freeport’s [...]

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November 2023

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

November 27th, 2023|

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 its time with regard to the effect that such a tax will have on the [...]

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

November 19th, 2023|

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 the European Green Deal and the consequent Fit for 55 Package, including the “Fuel EU [...]

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

November 12th, 2023|

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 countries choose ports of call outside the EU where no such tax is paid, MMF [...]

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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

November 12th, 2023|

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 and Fit for 55 Package, will deal a big blow to Malta’s Freeport’s competitiveness – [...]

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October 2023

Maritime industry at centre of new economic model for Malta

October 5th, 2023|

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, despite its size and economic contribution, has often failed to receive the importance it deserves. [...]

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September 2023

MMF Marks World Maritime Day

September 28th, 2023|

The Malta Maritime Forum marks World Maritime Day as established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) - the global regulator for shipping - ensuring that the maritime sector delivers cargo safely and in an environmentally sustainable manner. This year, the IMO commemorates the Golden Anniversary of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) having started the voyage towards an environmentally sound shipping sector 50 years ago. [...]

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Let’s stop taking the maritime industry for granted

September 3rd, 2023|

The facts and figures relating to how much the maritime industry contributes to the Maltese economy have been referenced countless times and they are substantial. I will not quote them here as this information is quite easily attainable to anyone who searches the plethora of articles on this subject. What is irritating many people working in this industry is that such income is being taken for granted and there is [...]

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June 2023

Who, what regulated Titan? No information has been provided to suggest the submersible had been registered with a flag state

June 26th, 2023|

According to the pieces of information coming out in the press, the submersible Titan had 100 hours of oxygen, which meant oxygen supplies on board would have expired at circa 1.08pm local time on Thursday, June 22. A number of us have followed this story very closely hoping to hear and see urgent “breaking news” announcing the Titan was located and its passengers safe. Regrettably, at around 9pm that same [...]

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Malta needs a new maritime strategy – ‘The maritime industry deserves and urgently needs a strategic plan’

June 26th, 2023|

Established in October of 2015 specifically to promote the interests of the maritime community, the Malta Maritime Forum, together with all stakeholders from Malta’s maritime industry, seeks to create synergies to expand Malta’s network as an important international maritime hub. “Over the past weeks, I have been engaging mostly with our regulators and policy makers and relaying the opinions, suggestions and concerns of our members,” explains Godwin Xerri. “In fact, [...]

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December 2022

Valletta Cruise Port celebrates 20th anniversary

December 28th, 2022|

Valletta Cruise Port, a subsidiary of Global Ports Holding celebrated its 20th anniversary. Stephen Xuereb, COO of Global Ports Holding plc and CEO of Valletta Cruise Port plc said: “I am so proud to have been part of this company since inception and to have led it over the past 8 years! It has been an eventful journey with plenty of milestones along the way. The early days allowed us [...]

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November 2022

Malta needs a dedicated maritime authority by Godwin Xerri & Kevin J Borg

November 22nd, 2022|

In July 2021, in the midst of rife specu­lation about a possible election date, the Malta Maritime Forum (MMF) submitted a ‘Maritime-Centred Manifesto’ to the prime minister and the leader of the opposition. The document contained 10 concrete suggestions aimed at consolidating Malta’s leading position in the shipping world. Key among these was a proposal for the detachment of maritime industry responsibilities from Transport Malta and the re-establishment of a [...]

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Jonathan Borg: Developing Malta’s maritime industry. The Malta Maritime Forum is well-positioned to spearhead innovation in the sector

November 21st, 2022|

As an island in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, maritime activity has always played a very crucial role in the development of Malta. Throughout history, we as Maltese have traded with seafarers providing services that have moulded our country’s hospitality culture – and in the last 30 years, the islands have come a long way in developing its maritime industry with various strategic and infrastructural investments. According to a [...]

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MMF BOD Member Jonathan Borg appointed Chairman of Yachting Malta

November 21st, 2022|

The Malta Maritime Forum is delighted to announce that one of its Board Members, Jonathan Borg, has been appointed Chairman of Yachting Malta. Mr Borg is most active in the Forum since inception and, more importantly, has over thirty years of experience in the maritime industry, both in the public and private sectors with a successful track-record of steering complex projects.  With a specialisation in research and analysis, he has [...]

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Emanuele Grimaldi attends COP27

November 14th, 2022|

Naples, 7 November 2022: Yesterday marked the opening of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), or COP27, which brings together two hundred nations, thousands government delegates, scientists, representatives of international institutions and NGOs. The Conference, taking place at the International Convention Centre in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) and lasting two weeks, aims to give concrete implementation to the [...]

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October 2022

MMF BOARD MEMBER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF COMITE MARITIME INTERNATIONAL

October 24th, 2022|

The Malta Maritime Forum is delighted to announce that Board Member and indeed one of its Founders, Dr Ann Fenech has been elected President of the Comité Maritime International.  In fact, Dr Fenech is the first Maltese professional to be elected to this most prominent of posts in the international maritime sphere.  She is also the first female to occupy the post of President of the CMI in its 125-year [...]

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An Exclusive Economic Zone for Malta

October 12th, 2022|

Penned by Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon The Malta Maritime Forum (MMF) has considered a public document entitled ‘Exclusive Economic Zone – A Sea of Opportunities'. This document followed the enactment of the Exclusive Economic Zone Act 2021 (Chapter 625 of the Laws of Malta). The Act enables the Government to declare and designate by legal notice as being in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Malta an area that [...]

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September 2022

The Malta Maritime Forum’s Budget 2023 proposals: Setting standards for a better country

September 29th, 2022|

For the second year running the Malta Maritime Forum (MMF) articulated a set of concrete, maritime-focused proposals for the national Budget. The MMF was delighted to present its document in person to the Minister of Finance earlier in September where each of its nine recommendations were elaborated upon. The MMF’s vision for the forthcoming budget is all about supporting the industry and businesses within it to grow sustainably. The recommendations, [...]

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August 2022

The Birth of the Malta Ship Register by Joseph Curmi MOM

August 22nd, 2022|

It is said that the first steps leading to a successful adventure are quite important.  The purpose of this concise write-up is to give the background to the highly successful results which now make Malta the foremost Ships’ Registry in Europe and a leading Register globally. As an introduction, I should state that my long involvement in shipping matters started surprisingly quite by coincidence. It so happened that when I [...]

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MMF BOD Member Dr Ann Fenech on the Judicial Sales of Ships

August 9th, 2022|

MMF Board Member Dr Ann Fenech is an active member of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) and currently in her second term as Vice President of CMI. The Comité Maritime International is a non-governmental, not-for-profit international organization. It was established in Antwerp in 1897, with the objective to contribute by all appropriate means and activities to the unification of maritime law in all its aspects. To this end, it promotes [...]

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July 2022

MMF Chairman on Specialized Court for Maritime Litigations

July 19th, 2022|

In his latest article, MMF Chairman Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon refers to the proposals the MMF submitted in 2021 to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition aimed at consolidating Malta’s position in the maritime sector. One proposal was the allocation through legislation of maritime litigation to a specialised court. To read the full article, please click here

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June 2022

MMF Chairman on energy efficiency opportunities in maritime transport

June 23rd, 2022|

In his article in The Malta Business Weekly Judge Emeritus Joseph Zammit McKeon delves into two European Commission initiatives - Fit for 55 and REpowerEU. Please find the full article here

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MMF BOD Member Capt. John M. Dalli on the skills gap in the sea-faring trade

June 9th, 2022|

Newly elected Board Member, Capt John Mary Dalli shares his views on the skills gap in the sea-faring trade in an article published in the Times of Malta. Capt Dalli initially aired these views during a conference on Blue Skills organised by the MMF and WestMED on 12 May. The full article is accessible here https://lnkd.in/eAhc5jui  

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May 2022

GRIMALDI GROUP’S ECO MALTA CHRISTENED IN VALLETTA

May 30th, 2022|

Valletta, 30 May 2022: Today the port of Valletta has hosted the christening ceremony of the Eco Malta, the latest ro-ro vessel delivered to the Grimaldi Group in March. This is the sixth of 12 hybrid ships belonging to the innovative GG5G (Grimaldi Green 5th Generation) class and ordered by the company from the Chinese Jinling shipyard located in Nanjing. President of Malta George Vella, representatives of other national authorities [...]

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MMF invited to launch of new course at MaritimeMT

May 16th, 2022|

On the invitation of Capt Jesmond Mifsud and MaritimeMT, the MMF Board was invited to a launch of a new course, the STCW Officer of the Watch unlimited.  The event was also attended by the new minister responsible for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Hon Aaron Farrugia and the Chairman & CEO of Transport Malta. At the event, the MMF congratulated MaritimeMT on this important milestone. In fact, it is being [...]

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We urgently need to bridge the skills gap in the Blue economy’ – Chairman, MMF

May 12th, 2022|

Addressing concerns regarding a lack of trained staff in the maritime sector, limited opportunities locally and career guidance for those looking to get into the sector are all hot topics for the Malta Maritime Forum. Dayna Camilleri Clarke speaks to Judge Emeritus JOSEPH ZAMMIT MCKEON, Chairman, Malta Maritime Forum ahead of a conference on the same subject. “I was recently honoured to open a seminar organised by the Malta Maritime [...]

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March 2022

Credit where credit is due − Joseph Zammit McKeon

March 28th, 2022|

We should thank the men and women who salvaged the Chem P tanker. This is one proud moment for the Malta Maritime Forum (MMF) to take a step forward and salute all those involved in the salvage operation on the chemical tanker Chem P, particularly Tug Malta and its crew members who, through their determined and brave actions, last weekend, managed to avert disaster for the vessel, its crew and, [...]

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Sustainable transport and cleaner solutions

March 7th, 2022|

Pollution and climate change could be reduced through waterborne transport. In February, I represented the Malta Maritime Forum in a national conference, organised by Transport Malta, on ‘Sustainable Transport and Cleaner Solutions’. The event was held online on February 24 and tackled various topical issues with respect to the maritime industry and how it can support a shift to more sustainable transport. During my intervention, I maintained that one way [...]

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November 2021

The Role of Technology in Enhancing the Progress towards Carbon-Neutrality in the Maritime Industry

November 28th, 2021|

The maritime industry is already the most energy efficient mode of transport of goods and people.  This efficiency results from the critical mass it enjoys – transporting 23,000 containers at one go, on a single ship.  Shipping gives the lowest emission cost per ton mile, so therefore, the carbon footprint of transporting, say, a shoe-box is much smaller if transported by sea as compared to road or other forms of [...]

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August 2021

Maritime-focused electoral manifesto presented to Malta’s political leaders

August 2nd, 2021|

In this article CEO Kevin J Borg elaborates on a maritime centred electoral manifesto that was presented to the leaders of the major political parties in July in advance of the 2022 General Election.  True to its mission to serve as a maritime cluster and a common platform for the maritime industry for the purposes of influencing national maritime policy and facilitating communication between industry players and the country’s [...]

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April 2021

The Effect of Covid-19 on the Maltese Shipping Industry

April 1st, 2021|

In this article,  MMF member Dr Adrian Attard of Fenech & Fenech explains the restrictive measures implemented by the authorities at the early stages of the pandemic and the effects on the local shipping industry. This article appeared in the ILO Shipping & Transport news and can be accessed here.

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March 2021

Accolades to the Malta Flag of Ship Registration

March 22nd, 2021|

In this article, Board Member Godwin Xerri sheds light on Malta’s admirable performance in the Shipping Industry State Performance Table 2020/2021 published by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). The ICS is the global trade association for ship owners and ship operators representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet with 100,000 vessels. The comparative analysis of all the flags of ship registration is published annually to give ship [...]

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MMF playing pivotal role in Maritime Industry’s success

March 1st, 2021|

This article was contributed by Kevin J Borg, a few weeks into taking over the MMF CEO position.  in this piece, he draws attention to the importance of the maritime sector for the Maltese industry which continued to serve the country even though the most challenging times of the pandemic.  Mr Borg argues that too often maritime services are generally taken for granted and people tend to overlook the [...]

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November 2020

The maritime sector’s potential towards economic growth

November 16th, 2020|

In this article, Board Member Godwin Xerri outlines the main conclusions of a study commissioned by the Malta Maritime Forum about the economic contribution of the maritime industry to the country in terms of GDP, employment and productivity. With the professional economic analysis of empirical facts, the study is the first of its kind and aims to serve both policymakers and the public to appreciate the importance of the [...]

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October 2020

Voice of Malta’s Flagbearers

October 20th, 2020|

MMV Vice-Chairman, Lino Vassallo, provides an insight into the history and the raison d’être of the Malta International Shipowners Association (MISA), formerly the Malta International Shipping Council, which was established in 2004 as a voluntary NGO when the growth of the Maltese Ship Register to one of the largest of the world called for a national association international in nature.  MISA’s main aim is to foster and protect its [...]

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February 2019

A Holistic plan for Maritime Malta

February 6th, 2019|

Maritime Malta is one of the country’s prime assets. What we lack by way of natural resources is amply compensated for by our surrounding seas. The sea is our source of living, our ‘hinterland’, our means of communication with the outside world. The sea does not isolate us – rather it is our bridge to the rest of the world. Quoting from a recent feature penned by Professor Oliver Friggieri [...]

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January 2018

Malta’s Maritime Vocation

January 18th, 2018|

Malta - the leading Global Maritime Centre. An island at the crossroads of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Malta - strategically located at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea just six nautical miles off the vital Gibraltar and Suez Canal routes. Throughout its chequered history dating back millennia, Malta has always been an important hub for both merchant as well as naval shipping. Its natural harbours were a [...]

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