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New Malta Freeport collective agreement will lead to improved efficiency

Freeport, Malta (PortSEurope) February 9, 2019 – Malta Freeport Terminals has signed a new collective agreement with the General Workers’ Union for 2018-22 that provides its engineering department’s employees with better conditions while at the same time improving efficiency.

Malta Freeport Terminals CEO Alex Montebello said: “Efficiency is pivotal to the Freeport’s success since we operate in a highly competitive environment. I would like to thank everyone involved in securing this collective agreement.”

GWU general secretary Josef Bugeja and section secretary Sandro Vella attended the signing ceremony on behalf of the union.

The Freeport recently invested €31 million ($35.09 million) in new equipment and infrastructural works that includes 15 Kone Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) together with 67 new tractors and trailers. As well as being faster and more environmentally-friendly than conventional RTGs, the new cranes are fitted with safety alarms that are considerably quieter which will also be installed on older models for the benefit of the neighbourhood.

The Freeport handles 20 weekly mainline services, providing network links to 130 ports  around the world, and handled over 3.31 million TEU containers and received more than 2,200 vessels over the past 12 months.

Malta Freeport focuses on the ‘hub’ concept, whereby cargo is discharged from large mother vessels and relayed to a network of regional ports by regular and frequent feeder vessels. Around 96 per cent of Malta Freeport’s container traffic is transhipment business.

The logistic concept offers various benefits for Malta Freeport’s clients, including fewer mainline port calls, reduced voyage times through minimal diversions and shorter transit times thus enabling them to concentrate on profitable voyage legs.

In 2018, Malta Freeport Terminals  handled 3.31 million TEUs. As one of the Mediterranean’s key transhipment ports Malta Freeport represents a strategic platform for the shipping lines that have chosen it as their Mediterranean hub port being located at the crossroads of some of the world’s greatest shipping routes and in the heart of the Europe/Maghreb/Middle East triangle.

Source: Malta Freeport

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