In October 2004, Malta Freeport Corporation awarded CMA CGM a 30-year concession to operate and further develop the container terminals, the distripark facilities and the Freeport Centre office complex. The concession provides that the container terminals must be operated as a common-user facility allowing different clients to avail themselves of the Port’s services. Privatisation brought with it an ambitious expansion and modernisation programme that eventually led to CMA CGM being granted an extension of this initial concession from 30 years to 65 years in February 2008. In November 2011, Terminal Link, which is the port operator arm of CMA CGM, transferred half of its shares in the Freeport to the Yildirim Group of Turkey and in 2013, Terminal Link sold 49% of its shares to China Merchant Holdings (International) Company Limited with CMA CGM retaining a 51% shareholding interest. Since its privatisation Malta Freeport Terminals has invested over €275 million in its facilities. The container terminals, operated by Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd, today rank with the leading Mediterranean transhipment hub ports handling in excess of 3 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) annually.
The Terminals’ infrastructure now comprises a total operational quay length of 2,463 metres, yard space for container storage of 771,000 square metres comprising 15,297 ground slots and 1,622 reefer points. All the mainline berths at Malta Freeport have a water depth of 17 metres enabling the Terminals to be able to accommodate any containership presently afloat. The Freeport is presently equipped with twenty-one Quayside Cranes, eleven Cranes on Terminal Two and ten Cranes on Terminal One. Twelve of these Cranes are ZPMC super post-Panamax Quayside Cranes, making Malta Freeport Terminals fully equipped to handle 20,000 TEU containerships and larger on both Terminals. Malta Freeport has also invested heavily in its yard equipment to complement its quayside equipment and the yard cranes serving both Terminals include 50 Rubber-Tyred Gantries. These cranes are supplemented by various ancillary yard equipment.
The world’s key shipping lines have chosen Malta Freeport Terminals as their Mediterranean transhipment hub including the mega alliance Ocean Alliance made up of CMA CGM, Cosco, Evergreen, and OOCL. Other shipping lines that call at the Port include Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd, and various feeder lines which call at the Port on a regular basis. These shipping lines between them connect Malta Freeport to 135 ports all over the world making Malta an important hub for international trade.
Malta Freeport Terminals has embarked on yet another ambitious investment plan in its strive to sharpen its competitive edge within the Mediterranean containerisation market. The investment being undertaken will further increase the Freeport’s present total capacity of 3.8 million TEUs to over 4 million TEUs.
Further information is available at http://www.maltafreeport.com.mt/
Oil Products Terminal
Evos is an international and independent energy storage company. It operates a network of premium tank terminals with a combined storage capacity of 6.3 million m3.
Centrally located in the Mediterranean and close to the main shipping lanes between Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim and the U.S.- Evos Malta is in a unique position to offer an excellent base to its Customers as their business hub. Evos Malta offers tailor made storage and logistics solutions to its Customers, through its flexible infrastructure and its committed professional employees. Always keeping in mind: Safety First.
The storage facilities operated by Evos Malta are organized in four tank farms providing a total built capacity of 568,380 cubic meters in 25 tanks. The facility is served by four jetties operated exclusively by Evos Malta Limited with a capacity to handle vessels up to 120,000 dwt and a maximum draft of 16 meters.
Further information is available: https://evos.eu/evos-malta/
Within the Malta Freeport area lies Medserv p.l.c., a company quoted on the Malta Stock Exchange and a licensed Freeport operator. For the past 43 years Medserv has been the leading logistics base for oil companies operating in the Southern Mediterranean Area. It has a 50,000 square metre site including offices and covered warehousing extending to 15,700 square metres.
The company also enjoys the exclusive right of use of a deep water quay extending to 200 metres with an additional quay working space of 5,000 square meters as well as a further ancillary quay. The company provides shore base services to international oil companies and their subcontractors working on oil and gas projects offshore North Africa.
The facility acts as the service supply for platform supply vessels sailing to and from exploration rigs and platforms as well as a working base for mobilisation/demobilisation by large specialised oil and gas vessels and rigs. In addition the availability of a 300 ton Liebherr crane enables the company to handle the heavy lifts such as umbilical reels which are standard in the industry. The Company operates similar facilities in Cyprus, Egypt, UAE, Oman and Iraq, and have a representative office in Libya.
Further information is available on http://www.medservenergy.com
Malta Freeport houses other licensed operators within the Free Zone who utilize industrial units of 1,000 square meters each. Legislation permits users to carry out various activities within these warehouses which include distribution networking, just-in-time inventory management, cargo consolidation, labelling, break-bulk and onward shipping, as well as elements of processing and assembly.