Malta Freeport Terminals is increasing its network links by introducing a new service between the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the US.
Operated by CCMA-CCG and Marfret, the new service will allow Maltese importers and exporters the opportunity to connect with five new ports, Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Fort-de-France (Martinique), Houston (US), Veracruz (Mexico) and Puerto Moin (Costa Rica). This service will complement Malta Freeport’s present extensive network to South America covering five countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay.
Malta Freeport Terminals has touted the new service as “further enhancing the strategically located port’s connectivity with western and southern continents”. Freeport CEO Alex Montebello said: “We are delighted to add this new service to our portfolio, which reflects the confidence of transshipment industry in our port which is ideally positioned in the heart of the Mediterranean.
“We are also pleased to note that they will be making use of our upgraded reefer facilities in which we have invested considerably over the past year.”
The Freeport currently offers 1,582 reefer points at both its terminals and will be installing a further 180 reefer plugs across three new platforms enabling the Freeport to handle more perishable cargo.
In addition to this investment, Malta Freeport has undertaken a €31 million outlay in 2018, which has seen the Freeport invest in 15 Kone Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) as well as in other yard equipment including 67 new tractors and trailers.
The Freeport currently provides network links to 115 ports around the world, just over half of which, at 59 ports, are in the Mediterranean.