Malta is served by two commercial ports, the Grand Harbour of Valletta and the Port of Marsaxlokk. These two ports have established the Island as a maritime centre in the Mediterranean.
Valletta Grand Harbour
The history of Malta is intimately tied up with the history of the Grand Harbour and as
it was developed and modernized during the ages. The Harbour is lined up with fortifications of massive construction built by the Knights of St. John which overlook
quays serving cruise liners, yachts and commercials vessels.
nowadays berth at the historic Valletta Waterfront facility where the new passenger terminal was constructed. Viset plc is the operator of this terminal.
berths are available on the Cottonera Waterfront marina operated by the Grand Harbour Marina Limited. Refits and repairs can be carried out at facilities of high professional reputation such as the Malta Super Yacht Services, Cassar Ship Repairs and
Bezzina Ship Repair Ltd.
Valletta Gateway Terminals a joint venture established in June 2006, operate and
manage the Grand Harbour Terminals. These terminals handle roro, trailers, container and conventional cargo operations as well as the import /export / transshipment of vehicles.
The Kordin Grain Terminal provides facilities for the handling, storage and
transshipment of all types of free flowing grains at the Laboratory / Magazine Wharves.
Malta Shipyards Ltd provides a substantial range of products to the general maritime, shiprepair, offshore, energy and conversion sectors from its facilities considered to
be one of the largest in the Mediterranean. Malta Shipyards is currently going through
a privatization process of its facilities.
The Maltese Islands have an old tradition in trading and transshipment with its facilities dating back to the times of the Phoenicians as early as 3,700B.C. Through the establishment of the Malta Freeport within the Port of Marsaxlokk, Malta has reaffirmed itself as a major maritime transshipment centre in the Mediterranean region.
Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd is active in the fields of container handling and industrial storage. International carriers in the container industry have been attracted by MFTL’s geographical location, proven track record and state-of-the-art facilities, dedicated to transshipment and cost-effective operations.
Oil Tanking Malta is another activity within the Port of Marsaxlokk offering from its centrally located Mediterranean facility excellent, advantageous and cost effective oil storage, making and breaking bulk, blending and treatments.
Offshore Logistics and Support
Medserv p.l.c. operates a dedicated logistical support base from the port of Marsaxlokk. It has served as the most significant offshore base for the central Mediterranean area, and remains the focal point for major oil and gas companies, drilling contractors and service companies operating offshore North Africa particularly Libya.