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Over €300 million invested in Malta Freeport Terminals’ facilities since its privatisation in 2004. This ambitious investment drive sharpened the Company’s competitive edge.

Malta Freeport Terminals embarked on a heavy investment programme both in terms of infrastructure and equipment as well as in the investment in manpower and technology, which are crucial to provide the level of service requested by the customers. The key objective of the various investment programmes undertaken is to boost the efficiency of port operations by enhancing the Freeport’s capability to accommodate 20,000 TEU container vessels and larger on both Terminals, increase the capacity for container stacking whilst also attaining faster vessel turnaround times.



Infrastructure


Berth and Yard Development
  • Terminal Two North Quay extension to an overall length of 513m.
  • Terminal One West Quay Development to a total quay length of 290m with a water depth of -9.5m LAT.
  • Yard Space Development of 219,000 sq.m to create  3,800 ground slots.

Extensive Dredging Programme
  • Extensive Dredging Programme to -17 metres LAT of all 3 mainline berths – Terminal Two North Quay and South Quay and Terminal One North Quay.
  • Terminal One West Quay was dredged to -9.5 metres LAT.


Heavy Investment in Equipment


12 Quayside Cranes
  • 4 ZPMC Twin-Lift Quayside Cranes (25 across) having an outreach of 72 metres, a lifting capacity of 65 tonnes and a lifting height under spreader above rail of 54 metres.
  • 4 ZPMC Tandem-Lift Quayside Cranes (22 across) having an outreach of 65.5 metres, a lifting capacity of 65 tonnes and a lifting height under spreader above rail of 43 metres.
  • 4 ZPMC Twin-Lift Quayside Cranes (23 across) 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.
  • To be able to install the new Quayside Cranes on Terminal One, the Freeport installed an additional 360 metres of quayside crane rail on Terminal One North Quay.
     

65 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes
  • 35 Konecranes Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes capable of stacking containers one-over-six high.
  • 30 Konecranes Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) capable of stacking containers one-over-five high and six plus truck lane wide. 

Ancillary Yard Equipment
Various ancillary yard equipment purchased including:
  • 164 Tractors: 71 MOL, 93 Terberg.
  • 171 Trailers: 170 Dutch Lanka (65t) cornerless, 1 Novatech (65t) cornerless
  • 7 Reach Stackers: 2 Hyster (45t), 1 SMV/Konecranes (41t), 2 Kalmar (45t), 1 SANY (45t)
  • 1 Forklift : 1 SMV (2high cube x  34t)
  • 11 Small Forklifts: (4 Clark (1 x 2.5t, 3 x 5t), 5 Hyundai (5 x 5t , one of which is electric), 2 Hyster (2x 4.5t electric)

Reefers
  • Reefer slots increased to a total of 1,658  on both Terminals – 1,258 Reefer Slots on Terminal One and 400 Reefers on Terminal Two.


Technology and Recruitment


Technological Enhancements
  • Navis Terminal Operating System upgraded to N4 Version 3.7.

Extensive Recruitment Programme
  • Various employees were engaged at different levels. The Freeport took the necessary measures to organise training programmes for all sectors of personnel to ensure high performance levels.