Benefits

The following are the main benefits that set the Freeport apart from other Mediterranean container terminals:

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Strategic Location

Since Malta is strategically located on the main trade routes in the Mediterranean, vessels can call at Malta Freeport with a minimal deviation of just six nautical miles between Gibraltar and the Suez Canal. This results in drastic reductions in the duration of the delivery of goods, cost savings in the distribution system, and better customer satisfaction. Furthermore, shipping lines calling at Malta are able to serve both east and west Mediterranean markets with a single mainline call. 

Port Deviation Distance in nautical miles between Gibraltar and entrance  to Suez required to call at:
Malta Freeport                  6
Cagliari 56
Gioia Tauro 66
Naples 165
Taranto 280
Genoa 353

Proven track record

Malta Freeport has been successfully operating as a transhipment hub for over 25 years. During this period the traffic volumes have increased remarkably from 7,788 TEUs in 1988 when the Company was set up to 3.06 million TEUs in 2015. 

Facilities

Malta Freeport was purposely developed as a transhipment Container Terminal and presently provides 2,463 metres of operational deep water quays equipped with twenty-two Quayside Cranes and various state-of-the-art handling equipment. Since being privatised, Malta Freeport has embarked on a heavy investment programme aimed at boosting its capabilities of handling any containership presently afloat at both its Container Terminals.

Information Technology

Malta Freeport operates the most specialised real-time container terminal computerisation systems Navis Sparcs and Navis Express. The technology provides accurate and real-time information for planning, managing and tracking container movements throughout the Container Terminals. An advanced  digital radio communication system is in place to facilitate voice communication throughout the Terminals. Malta Freeport can handle the major EDI messages as per SMDG standards. Furthermore, the company has also invested in more advanced technology with the introduction of specialised software focused to gain maximum utilisation from container handling equipment.  This software is geared up to take real-time decisions relating to the allocation of container handling equipment whilst also being capable of providing equipment handlers with real-time information relating to container handling activities.  This is resulting in a reduction not only of the amount and length of laden truck distances but also in a reduction of idle time on equipment. Malta Freeport is presently implementing the Navis N4 Terminal Operating System. This is a sophisticated and modern technology platform which will optimise efficiency and strengthen the intelligent movement of cargo through the Container Terminals and will also support future growth of the Freeport.

Performance Levels

It is crucial for the carriers to receive a fast, reliable, efficient and cost-effective service at any port of call. This is even more applicable at transhipment hubs like Malta Freeport Terminals. Indeed, a significant improvement in productivity levels has been registered at Malta Freeport over the years. An intensive training programme is on-going to ensure the Freeport has skilled and professional personnel available to accommodate the forecasted growth in business. The Company is pursuing a number of initiatives to further boost its performance levels. A productivity incentive scheme is applied for both the direct employees and the port workers. Labour agreements are also in place providing complete flexibility in the deployment of human resources and improved practices.  In fact under the provisions of the labour agreement, staggered meal breaks are in place thus providing clients with non-stop operations.

Network Connections

Various renowned shipping carriers have chosen the Freeport as their transhipment hub. The Freeport is presently linked by regular carrier services to 130 ports worldwide whilst an established feedering network connects Malta Freeport Terminals to 62 ports in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.