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
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 3.31 million TEUs in 2018. 


Malta Freeport was purposely developed as a transhipment Container Terminal and presently provides 2,463 metres of operational deep water quays equipped with twenty-one Quayside Cranes and various state-of-the-art handling equipment. Since being privatised, Malta Freeport has embarked on a heavy investment programme and is presently  in a position of operating vessels with a capacity of 20,000 TEUs and larger simultaneously on both Terminal Two North Quay and Terminal One North Quay.  

Information Technology

Malta Freeport Terminals implemented the top-notch Terminal Operating System (TOS) Navis N4 system which controls the entire logistical operation of each container vessel on a real-time basis. The system provides the Freeport with accurate and real-time information for planning, managing and tracking container movements throughout the container terminal facilities. The Navis N4 system is maximising efficiency within the terminal area automatically calculating where each container should be located and directing trucks to the nearest one to ensure the loading operation is carried out as quickly as possible.

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 111 ports worldwide whilst an established feedering network connects Malta Freeport Terminals to 54 ports in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.