Malta Freeport was established in 1988 and is now a major maritime transhipment logistic centre in the Mediterranean region.
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. In 2016 Malta Freeport Terminals handled 3.08 million TEUs.
Malta Freeport Terminals offers a total operational deep water quay of 2,463 metres, a total area of 771,000 square metres, 15,290 container ground slots and a total number of 1,077 reefer points. All the mainline berths have a water depth of 17 metres. Malta Freeport Terminals is currently equipped with twenty-one super post-Panamx Quayside Cranes. The Yard Cranes serving both Terminals include 2 Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes (RMGs) and 50 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs). Forty of these RTGs have twin-lift spreader capability.
Container Terminals are now fully equipped to handle 18,000 TEU containerships and larger. Malta Freeport is taking other investment initiatives to further increase its current capacity to 4.5 million TEUs in the coming years.