Health, Safety & Environment

Malta Freeport Terminals is committed to providing a safe and healthy place of business. Within this scenario, the Freeport has implemented various regulations for port users of the Terminal. These regulations are applicable for all persons, including Freeport employees, truck drivers, representatives of the shipping lines and agents, haulers, contractors, visitors, etc. having to conduct business at the Freeport's worksites. Any person found not in compliance with these regulations will be escorted out of Malta Freeport Terminals. Copies of the ‘Regulations for Port Users of the Terminal’ and of ‘Malta Freeport Safety and Environment Information Booklet’ can be downloaded directly from Malta Freeport’s official website, in the Health, Safety and Environment Section. Indeed Malta Freeport has been improving its safety and environmental performance by continuously developing its safety practices, involving the workers, suppliers and stakeholders, investing in technology and improving our knowledge  and expertise.  

Any queries or clarifications relating to health, safety and the environment should be addressed to the HSE Department via e-mail or via telephone on (356) 2225 2202.  All accidents or unsafe situations should be promptly reported to the nearest Freeport Official or to the Security Office on (356) 2225 1604 who will respond immediately to any accident. The Terminal operates an integrated Health & Safety  and Environmental Management System that conforms and is certified to international standards - ISO 45001 and ISO 14001.

The following are the main Safety Regulations:       

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Hi-Visibility Vests and Safety Footwear: Reflective high visibility vests and approved safety footwear are mandatory on the Terminal.

Safety Helmets: Safety Helmets must be worn on the quays, vessels, beneath any quay, wherever lashing takes place, within all warehouses, during all scaffolding, at any construction site, on or in the vicinity of QCs, RTGs / RMGs, mobile cranes, jibs, on or in the vicinity of overhead gantries in the workshop and wherever there is a foreseeable risk of head injury.

'No Pedestrian' Policy: Unauthorised walking on the Terminals is prohibited. The Terminal operates a 24 hour internal transport service between the Pedestrian Gate and the Terminals. Transport can be requested by contacting the nearest Freeport Official or by calling (356) 2225 2365.

Entry into Operational Areas:
 Operational areas must not be entered without the permission of a Freeport Official. If permitted to enter an operational area, persons or drivers must follow instructions implicitly. All vehicles and authorised pedestrians must use extreme caution inside the Terminal. They must be aware that large container handling equipment, forklifts, yard trucks and other industrial equipment are operating through container yards and next to the Warehousing Facilities. All vehicles and authorised pedestrians are to look out for overhead loads and for moving plant and should give way at all times. One should not approach any working piece of container handling equipment and keep a safe distance. One should only approach equipment if the Operator stops operations and verbally directs you to approach. Communication is to be kept to the minimum.

 Traffic Regulations

  • The speed limit on the Terminal is 30 kilometres per hour
  • The use of mobile phones, audio devices with headphones (with one or two earpieces) in operational areas and other similar electronic devices while driving or whilst performing duties on foot is strictly prohibited. This policy is applicable to all persons who drive / operate vehicles or equipment on the Terminal including crane operators, lifter operators, tug drivers, transport drivers and other drivers as well as to all persons who perform their duty on the Terminal on foot. 
  • Container handling equipment has priority over vehicles. Drivers must keep a look out and must give way to Quay Cranes, Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes, Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes, large vehicles or mobile machinery. The Equipment Operator’s vision may be limited. 
  • Drivers must keep headlights on at night and not rely on Terminal lighting. Authorised vehicles that are used regularly on the Terminal should be equipped with a beacon light. 
  • Drivers must be alert for overhead loads and ship hatch covers if passing under the Crane backreach. Drivers must be extra cautious around the quay due to increased pedestrian traffic especially around hatch covers removed from working vessels. Drivers must also use caution around any suspended load.
  • Drivers must not park on crane rails, cranes pathways on hatched delineated areas nor in empty container stacks. Parking is allowed only in designated parking areas.
  • Divers must use caution during inclement weather conditions such as heavy rain, high winds and fog. At all times, drivers must operate their vehicles at a safe speed so that the vehicle can be stopped in a safe manner.


Smoking Policy

Smoking is not permitted in container storage areas, equipment cabins, machinery rooms, near fuel stations, workshops, office buildings, computer rooms, canteen, and public rooms.

Substance Abuse Policy

Malta Freeport promotes and maintains a safe, healthy and productive drug-free work environment. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use of, or being under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, drugs, narcotics, or any intoxicant is prohibited by an individual within the Terminal.


All accidents, close calls or unsafe situations and environment incidents must be promptly reported to the Security Office on (356) 2225 1604 who will respond immediately to any accident.