Since its establishment in 1988, Malta Freeport has registered remarkable growth and is now a major maritime transhipment logistic centre in the Mediterranean region enjoying positive international recognition with global carriers as a reliable and credible port. Malta Freeport Terminals amalgamates the activities of container handling and industrial storage.
Malta Freeport focuses on the ‘hub' concept, whereby cargo is discharged from large mother vessels and relayed to a network of regional ports by regular and frequent feeder vessels. Around 96 per cent of Malta Freeport's container traffic is transhipment business. The logistic concept offers various benefits for Malta Freeport's clients, including fewer mainline port calls, reduced voyage times through minimal diversions and shorter transit times thus enabling them to concentrate on profitable voyage legs. In 2016, Malta Freeport Terminals handled 3.08 million TEUs. As one of the Mediterranean’s key transhipment ports Malta Freeport represents a strategic platform for the shipping lines that have chosen it as their Mediterranean hub port being located at the crossroads of some of the world’s greatest shipping routes and in the heart of the Europe/Maghreb/Middle East triangle.
Malta Freeport Terminals offers clients state-of-the-art transhipment facilities developed in line with their increasing requirements including a total operational deep water quay of 2,463 metres, a total area of 771,000 square metres, 15,290 container ground slots and a total number of 1,077 reefer points. All the mainline berths have a water depth of 17 metres, namely Terminal Two North Quay and South Quay and Terminal One North Quay. Malta Freeport Terminals is currently equipped with twenty-one super post-Panamx Quayside Cranes. The Yard Cranes serving both Terminals include 2 Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (RMGs) and 50 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs). Forty of these RTGs have twin-lift spreader capability.
The various developments undertaken at the Port has placed Malta Freeport Terminals in an unmatched position and the Container Terminals are now fully equipped to handle 18,000 TEU containerships and larger on both Terminals. Malta Freeport is taking other investment initiatives to further increase its current capacity to 4.5 million TEUs in the coming years.