Expansion Programme

Since being privatised in October 2004, Malta Freeport Terminals has embarked on a heavy investment programme in brand new equipment and in the expansion of its yard facilities. The investment programme was augmented following the extension of the concession for Malta Freeport Terminals in February 2008 from 30 to 65 years. The key objective of the various investment programmes is to increase the efficiency of port operations by enhancing the Freeport’s position to accommodate larger container vessels, increase the capacity for container stacking whilst also attaining faster vessel turnaround times.

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The investment undertaken included:

  • Terminal Two North Quay Extension by 33m to an overall length of 513m
  • Terminal One West Quay Development to a total quay length of 290m with a water depth of -13m LAT
  • Extensive Dredging Programme to -17m LAT of all mainline berths enabling a berthing draught of 16m even keel
  • Development of 171,900 m2 of yard space (3,537 ground slots)

 

Purchase of Equipment

  • 4 ZPMC super post-Panamax Quayside Cranes having an outreach of 65.5 metres,a lifting capacity of 80 tonnes, a lifting height under spreader above rail of 43 metres and having twin 40' lifting spreader capacity
  • 4 ZPMC super post-Panamax Quayside Cranes having an outreach of 65.5 metres,a lifting capacity of 65 tonnes, a lifting height under spreader above rail of 39 metres and capable of handling twin-lift spreaders
  • 30 Konecranes Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) capable of stacking containers one-over-five high and six plus truck lane wide. Twenty of these RTGs have twin-lift spreaders capability.
  • 20 Konecranes Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) capable of stacking containers one-over-six high and with twin-lift spreaders capability
  • Various ancillary yard equipment (Reach Stackers, Trucks, Cornerless Trailers)

 Other Investment include:

  • Extensive Recruitment Programme
  • Technological Enhancements

Present Developments

  • 4 new Quayside Cranes are on order permitting a second berth with 18,000+TEUs capacity
  • To be able to install the new Cranes on Terminal One, the Freeport will be installing an additional  360 linear metres of quayside crane rail on Terminal One North Quay
  • Further yard expansion by 30,000m2
  • Completion of the dredging works of Terminal One West Quay to 13m