Minister Konrad Mizzi made his first visit at the Malta Freeport Terminals as Minister responsible for the Malta Freeport Corporation. He was welcomed by Malta Freeport Terminals CEO Alex Montebello and company directors.
During a meeting with the minister, Mr Montebello highlighted the Freeport’s growth and outlined the vision for the coming year. Mr Montebello said that “since Malta Freeport was privatised in 2004 the Company has undertaken an ambitious investment programme to the tune of over Eur237 million”. He added that “as a result of the measures being pursued the Freeport is well on course to surpass the 3 million TEU mark once again this year”.
Minister Konrad Mizzi noted the significant contribution the Freeport has made towards Malta’s economy and competitiveness. Dr Mizzi highlighted that the Ministry and the Freeport Terminals will be working together with the Birzebbugia Mayor and Local Council on a Corporate Social Responsibility project financed by the Freeport for the benefit of the local community.
After the meeting, Dr Mizzi was taken on a tour of the Freeport’s Control Centre and viewed the various sections of the Operations Department namely berthing, ship and yard planning as well as equipment control.
The Minister then proceeded to the Container Terminals, stopping at Terminal Two North Quay to view operations at this berth. He was also taken up several storeys high on one of the quayside cranes, which is capable of handling 25 containers across. These particular cranes are among the largest in the Mediterranean.
Berthed alongside the North Quay of Terminal Two was Marchen Maersk, one of the largest vessels in the Maersk fleet with an overall length of 400m and a capacity of 18,270 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) which was diverted to Malta due to the recent cyber attack which left a number of terminals, across Europe and the US, reeling from massive disruptions.
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