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Malta Freeport Plans Crane Capacity Investment

Malta Freeport plans crane capacity investment

Valletta, Malta (PortSEurope) January 13, 2021 – Malta Freeport has reported plans to commission two quay cranes worth €20 million as part of its investment to maintain growth in 2021. Economic Services Minister Silvio Schembri visited the port to be informed that the company plans total investment this year of a record €37 million, with €12 million going for an onshore power facility that will
enable vessels to switch off their engines while berthed, thus considerably reducing harmful emissions. Minister Schembri said the need for a balance between the operation of the Freeport and its support for the community of Birżebbuġa, noting the ongoing work on the supply project for an Onshore Power Supply. This will reduce emissions and thus improve the environment for workers and residents. Malta Freeport handled 2.4 million TEU containers last year, with just 131,000 containers related to local imports or exports. Malta Freeport is an international port on the island of Malta with a trade volume of 3.06 million TEUs in 2015. It is one of busiest ports in Europe. It lies in Birżebbuġa in the southeastern part of Malta, on the site of the former seaplane base RAF Kalafrana. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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