—THE FIRST YEARS
Malta Freeport Corporation Limited (MFC) was set up to develop the Port of Marsaxlokk into a commercially viable hub port on international levels.
The Malta Freeports Act 1989 was enacted which defined the free zone area and also empowered MFC to act as the sole authority, developer and investor of the Port.
Terminal One expansion was completed following the extension of the North Quay by 220 metres and the increase in the number of container slots.
The USD 205 million required to finance the Terminal Two Project were raised from international financial institutions. The tender for Terminal Two construction was awarded and civil works commenced.
Construction progressed at a fast pace and a number of cofferdams were already in position full of processed material which was excavated from the Freeport’s hinterland.
The Grand Alliance consortium made up of Hapag-Loyd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, P&O Nedlloyd and Neptune Orient Line started operations from Malta.
Malta Freeport signed an agreement with CMA CGM Group to use the Terminal as their Mediterranean transhipment hub.
Terminal Two Phase ‘A’ commenced operations.
The 1 million TEU mark was attained for the first time.
Norasia Line signed an agreement with CMA CGM and recommenced operations from the Port.
Terminal Two was fully completed ahead of schedule and according to budget.
With the aim for privatisation, Malta Freeport Terminals Limited (MFTL) was set-up with the principal activity being the management and operation of the container terminal concession within the Port of Marsaxlokk. Malta Freeport Terminals Limited is the single operating company of both container terminals and the warehousing facilities.
The Government of Malta privatised Malta Freeport Terminals Limited granting a lease concession to CMA CGM for thirty years.
4 ZPMC Twin-Lift Quayside Cranes (23 containers across) were delivered and placed on Terminal One. Infrastructural works were undertaken on Terminal One North Quay for the fitting of 600 metre long rail with a 30 metres span.
Terminal Two North Quay was dredged to -17 metres LAT. The South Quay of Terminal Two and the North Quay of Terminal One were also to be dredged to the same specifications.
4 ZPMC Tandem-Lift Quayside Cranes (22 containers across) were delivered and placed on Terminal Two North Quay. The Freeport was amongst the first Terminals in Europe to invest in tandem Cranes.
A.P Moller Maersk Line commenced calling at the Port after shifting its operations from Gioa Tauro.
Terminal Two North Quay was extended to 513 metres to be able to accommodate 18,000 TEU vessels.
The dredging programme was completed increasing the water depth at all mainline berths to
– 17 metres LAT.
The ‘2M’ Alliance and the ‘Ocean Three’ Alliance chose Malta Freeport as their main transhipment hub.
2 Quayside Cranes (18 containers across) were shifted from Terminal Two North Quay to Terminal One North Quay.
4 ZPMC Twin-Lift Quayside Cranes (25 containers across) were delivered, 3 were placed on Terminal One North Quay and 1 on Terminal Two North Quay.
The ‘Ocean Alliance’ chose Malta Freeport as their central Mediterranean transhipment port.
Malta Freeport Terminals’ License was extended by a further 30 years following the fulfilment of the License conditions.
A ‘Green Boundary Project’ was announced as part of the Community Initiatives for Birzebbuga.
The 20,568 TEU ‘Munich Maersk’ called at the Freeport on its maiden voyage.
The Collective Agreement for the period 2015 to 2021 was concluded and signed with ‘Union Haddiema Maqghqudin Voice of the Workers ‘
31 Tractors and 36 Trailers were delivered.
Reefers increased to 1,582 on both Terminals.
Terminal One upgrade between Blocks 1 and 2 to stack 6 high, increasing the yard capacity by 4,000 TEUs.
15 new Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes were fully commissioned by May 2019.
The first LNG-powered containership ‘mv Containerships Polar’ visited the Freeport on its maiden voyage.
The 20,954 TEUs CMA CGM JEAN MERMOZ called at the Freeport making it the largest vessel to call at the Port.
2 megamax Quayside Cranes with the capability of operating 23,000 TEU vessels were ordered and will be installed on Terminal One by Summer 2021.
CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, the largest containership in the world with a capacity of 23,000 TEUs and powdered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) called at Malta Freeport.
Malta Freeport is proactively implementing big data projects and loT platforms to further boost its operational performance.
New NEMO Service operated by CMA CGM and MSC and the Round the Africa Service operated by CMA CGM commenced calling at Malta Freeport.
Navis N4 upgraded to version 3.7 to enable the Terminals to move towards semi-automation operations.
The Freeport joined the global Tradelens blockchain supply chain platform, heralding a new digital era for the Terminal.
MSC chose Malta Freeport as a regular port of call for a number of weekly mainline services.
Malta Freeport purchased two megamax Liebherr Quayside Cranes. These were assembled on site and installed by summer presenting the Freeport with five megamax crane formation on Terminal One.
Over 4,870 container moves were carried out on APL Temasek in an impressive seven quay crane operation. The vessel was operating on the MEX1 Service operated by the Ocean Alliance.
Malta Freeport welcomed MOL Emissary, the first Ocean Network Express (ONE) vessel to call at the port on the NC Lvant/Nex Service.
Navis N4 was upgraded to version 220.127.116.11 which consolidated the RTG-Optimiser functionality. Malta Freeport is proactively implementing big data projects and loT platforms to further boost its operational performance.
The Collective Agreement for the period 2022 till 2027 was signed with ‘Union Haddiema Maghqudin, Voice of the Workers’, whilst 11-year Service Level Agreement which expires in 2032 was signed with the Malta Dockers Union.
Malta Freeport purchased 12 MOL tractors, 3 Hyster empty handlers and Hyster forklift.
Works on Phase 1 of a new fuel station fully compliant with thee latest environmental standards were almost complete. this project will be doubling the storage tanks’ fuelling capacity to 120,000 litres when fully completed.