Malta Maritime Hub

Malta Maritime Hub

Malta offers a full range of maritime services in the Centre of Mediterranean.

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Cargo Procedures

Cargo Procedures

In order to maximise efficiency and minimise risk, we provide an organised set of cargo procedures.

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Cargo Procedures

Cargo Procedures

Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the International Convention
for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), requiring shippers/exporters to provide a container’s gross verified
weight to the ocean carrier and port terminal prior to being loaded onto a Vessel. As a result,
Terminals could be refusing containers that do not have a verified weight at the time of gate

The enforcement of this global law and its requirements, will come into effect starting July 1st
2016. Thereafter, it will be a violation of SOLAS to load a stuffed container onto a vessel if
the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have the verified container weight.

Failure to supply verifiable and certified weight certificates that will meet the law’s
requirements will result in delayed shipments and increased expenses for the shippers/clients account.
The details on which verification or certified weigh tickets will be acceptable is still unclear & in the process of being determined.

We are monitoring these details and will pass on information as soon as it is made available.
It is imperative that all customers, cargo owners and shippers understand the law and its
requirements as supply chains could be impacted if not adhered to.

For more details about the new requirements, please see the following guidance from The World Shipping Council:

Click here for more details

Should you require any further assistance, please contact do not hesitate to contact us

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Malta Maritime Hub

Malta Maritime Hub

Malta’s geographical location, coupled with a comprehensive array of Maritime competences has fuelled the expansion of the industry, which today boasts amongst others, the largest Shipping Register in Europe and one of the largest transhipment hubs in the Mediterranean.

The success achieved has further boosted an increased investment and development of a wide range of support services. Malta offers a number of advantages to shipping companies, including:


Located in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta lies on the major shipping routes and thus offers a minimal deviation solution for ships requiring Bunkering, Conveyances or other services at Malta.

In addition Malta’s strategic position, on the cross road between Southern Europe and Northern Africa makes it an ideal transhipment and logistics hub.

Business Environment

Malta’s stable economic and political environment (also aided by Malta’s entry in the European Union), recognised tax and legal systems and proactive government and business community have all contributed towards the expansion of foreign investment in Malta. Malta also has the ideal jurisdiction for activities such as Ship Registration, Ship Management and wider Corporate Services.

The Port facilities include:

Grain Terminal

Located in Malta’s deep-draft Grand Harbour, the Kordin Grain Terminal offers handling, storage and transhipment of all types of free-flowing grains such as Wheat, Maize, Soybean, and Barley, which reach the Mediterranean.

Malta Freeport

The Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd in Marsaxlokk has developed into a major Container Terminal in the Mediterranean equipped with the latest technology and serving many of the giant operators in the Container Carrier sector. The Terminal offers warehousing facilities on its premises, which could be used for breaking bulk cargo or value-added activities for the ship owners’ Clients.

Oiltanking (Malta) Ltd

As part of an extensive duty-free port and warehousing complex on this strategic Mediterranean island nation, Oiltanking designed and built a new terminal in partnership with the Malta Freeport Corporation offering an extensive list of services.

Ship Drydocking and Repairs

Ship Drydocking and Repairs continues to be one of the major activities in Valletta, in view of several ship repair facilities located therein. Maltese shipyards offer a substantial range of products and services to the general Maritime sectors including, ship repair quality engineering, steel fabrication, offshore and energy, yachting and conversion facilities from one of the largest yards in the Mediterranean. The Maltese have a fine reputation for high quality workmanship in the engineering and metal fabrication sectors.

Valletta Gateway Terminal (VGT)

The facilities offered by VGT include 560 meters of quay and 7,200 meters of sheds [surrounded by ample storage space in an open floor area] at the Deep Water Quay (DWQ) at Marsa, in the inner part of the Grand Harbour. Laboratory Wharf situated opposite to the DWQ on the southern side of the Grand Harbour offers a variety of services including handling of RoRo, conventional cargo, containers and cars. The area also has a large compound totalling 10,400 square meters suitable for storage of vehicles, both for domestic as well as transhipment purposes.

Valletta Waterfront

The Valletta Waterfront, operated by VISET Malta plc, is located in the Grand Harbour, minutes away from Valletta, the capital city. The terminal welcomes over 300 cruise ships annually as port of calls, turnarounds as well as home porting and a guaranteed market of over 550,000 cruise liner passengers every year.