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alta Freeport Terminals is one of the key maritime transhipment logistics centres in the Mediterranean, handling 2.54 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2012. Various leading shipping lines have chosen Malta Freeport as their transhipment hub, including CMA CGM Group, Maersk Line, Seago Line, Hapag-Lloyd and UASC. Over 96 percent of Malta Freeport’s container traffic is transhipment business, with clients reaching 117 ports worldwide through regular service. Malta Freeport Terminals is currently in a period of strong expansion. “We have a capacity of 3.2 million TEU, growing to 3.5 million by the end of this year,” says Jesmond Baldacchino, ICT Manager, Malta Freeport. “We are further upgrading our facilities to operate vessels with a carrying capacity of 18,000 TEU, eventually reaching a total capacity of 4.2 million TEU.” To strengthen its competitive position, Malta Freeport has undertaken a heavy investment programme totalling 22
nearly 189 million euros since being privatised in 2004. The company has purchased nine super post-Panamax quayside cranes and has replaced all its rubber-tyred gantry cranes with 50 new RTGs.
Real-time information Continuous investment in state-of-the-art technology is a key part in this ongoing development. As the latest step in improving efficiency, Malta Freeport Terminals has deployed the first full-scale implementation of Kalmar SmartPath in its container terminals. SmartPath is part of the Kalmar SmartPort process automation solutions, based on the seamless integration of automation products, existing terminal processes and terminal operating systems. Kalmar SmartPath allows Malta Freeport Terminals to gain consistent, valid and correct updates of terminal tractor positions to optimise the dispatch process for vessel load and discharge by providing timely automatic job status updates. It avoids manual job step information being