On Friday 17th February Malta Freeport Terminals welcomed at its facilities a DEIK Foreign Turkish Business Delegation led by Mr Robert Yuksel Yildirim, Chief Executive Officer and President of Yildirim Group of Companies. Yildirim Group holds a fifty percent shareholding in Malta Freeport Terminals with the other fifty per cent of the shares being held by Terminal Link. The shareholders of Terminal Link are CMA CGM and China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) as in June 2013, Terminal Link sold 49% of the shares to CMHI.
The Business Delegation was welcome by Mr Alex Montebello, CEO of Malta Freeport Terminals; Dr Duncan Borg Myatt, Director HR, Health & Safety, Quality and Mr Jason Montebello, Director Finance and Purchasing. During their visit, the delegation visited the Operations Control Centre to view the various sections of the Freeport’s Operations Department including Berthing, Ship and Yard Planning and Equipment Control. The delegation proceeded for a tour of the Container Facilities stopping at Terminal Two North Quay where the delegates were given the opportunity to view the operations at this berth including the latest ZPMC super post-Panamax Quayside Cranes capable of handling container vessels stacking 25 containers across which are amongst the largest in the world . The delegates also viewed the container handling activities at Terminal One and also the Distripark Facilities.
During the visit, the CEO of Malta Freeport Terminals, Mr Montebello explained to the delegates the remarkable investment undertaken by Malta Freeport Terminals in its facilities since its privatisation totalling over Eur237 million to be in an unmatched position to handle any containership afloat in view of the heavy investment being undertaken by the shipping lines in ever larger containerships. Mr Montebello also outlined the great opportunities available for the delegates to use Malta Freeport Terminals’ facilities for their logistics needs as they support logistic providers in their efforts to achieve a better quality and more efficient regional distribution depot. Currently Malta Freeport Terminals has regular network connections with over 122 ports worldwide over 60 of which are in the Mediterranean. In fact, through various mainline and feeder services which call at the Port on a weekly basis, clients can reach various ports in Turkey including the ports of Aliaga, Ambarli, Canakkale, Gebze, Gemlik, Haydarpasa, Iskenderun, Istanbul, Izmir, Izmit Khorfezi, Kumport, Mardas and Mersin. Additionally, since the warehousing facilities lie only six kilometres from the Island’s international airport, Malta Freeport opens excellent opportunities for sea and air links stretching world-wide depending on the commodities being traded.
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