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Malta Freeport Terminals Limited benefits from reliable and experienced shareholders providing a solid foundation for further growth.

Following the privatisation of Malta Freeport Terminals in 2004, the Freeport now has a strong shareholding structure composed of Terminal Link, the leading container terminal operator; Yildirim Group, one of the leading global diversified industrial groups in Turkey; as well as the strong presence of CMA CGM, the world’s third-largest shipping line; and  China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited, the largest terminal operator in China. This solid shareholding mix strongly supports the Company’s investment initiatives to further enhance the Freeport’s market position and competitiveness as a leading hub in the Mediterranean. 

Terminal Link

Terminal Link was created in 2001 and today is a limited company. 51% of Terminal Link is held by CMA CGM and 49% by China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort). (CMPort was China Merchants Holdings International) before August 2016. Terminal Link is a key player in its capacity as an international container terminal operator, developer and investor with interests in 23 terminals to date. Its network covers Asia, North Europe, Mediterranean, Middle-East, West Africa, and North America. Terminal Link is committed to offering high-quality services, optimising the financial value and profitability of each of its terminals, whilst maintaining a diverse customer base.


CMA CGM is the third-largest container shipping company worldwide. The carrier transports a volume of 21.6 million TEUs each year. It operates a fleet of 502 vessels with a slot capacity in TEUs of 2.705 million. The carrier serves over 420 ports of the world’s 521 commercial ports and operates on more than 285 shipping lines. CMA CGM is present in more than 160 countries through its network of 755 agencies, 750 warehouses and 110,000 employees. Today, the Group is reinventing the entire shipping experience to provide a seamless maritime, ports, and logistics service that exceeds all expectations.


CMPort’s parent company, China Merchants Group, is a Hong Kong-based conglomerate established in 1872 whose three core businesses include Transportation, Finance, and Property. CMPort is the largest and globally competitive public port developer, investor, and operator in China with investments in Mainland China, Hong Kong and overseas. Its nationwide port network includes coastal hub ports in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shenzhen, Ningbo, Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, Zhangzhou, Zhanjiang, and Shantou. It also has a growing presence in South Asia, Africa, the Mediterranean, and South America. Since 2008, CMPort has broadened its focus from China to the global market and now has a port network portfolio spanning 46 ports in 26 countries and regions.

Yilport Holding Inc.

Yilport Holding Inc. was established in 2011 to consolidate port and container terminal operations of Yildirim Group. Yilport established its Holding in 2012 to oversee and manage its increasing operations across the globe and to become the first Turkish global port operator. Yilport Holding aims to create world-class, multipurpose facilities on an international scale. This vision is powered by the company’s growth strategy to become a top 10 global port operator by 2025. Today, Yilport has grown to become a global force with terminals in Turkey, Nordic, Iberia, Latin America, and the Mediterranean.

Over 300 million Euro invested since Malta Freeport was privatised in 2004. Other investment initiatives are being pursued to strengthen the Freeport’s capability of facing the next wave of challenges.