Malta Freeport Terminals issued a statement expressing grief at the murder of former employee Paul Anthony Formosa, who was killed by gunmen in Somalia.
“Mr Formosa, who was employed with the company as a quay crane operator between 1993 and 2011, was a trusted and diligent employee,” the statement read.
“Paul was a hardworking employee, lively, open-minded and loved by his colleagues,” said Malta Freeport Terminals CEO Alex Montebello. “We are extremely shocked to learn of this attack and our thoughts are with his family during this most difficult time.”
According to the company, which operates the Malta Freeport, Mr Formosa was such a capable employee that towards the end of his employment, he had been assigned to commissioning cranes in other ports that made up the CMA CGM portfolio.
Through his previous background, his experience at the Freeport and the exposure he got from other terminals, Mr Formosa had occupied the post of operations manager at the terminal in Lattakia in Syria after he left Malta.
“Paul had a very good relationship with the Freeport and he visited the terminal regularly whenever he came to Malta. He will be missed,” Mr Montebello concluded.