Service Dog graduation hosted by Salvo Grima Foundation

A unique celebration took place in Marsa on the 7th December, as a young Golden Retriever – Quincy – formally graduated as a fully-fledged Service Dog in the presence of her trainers and sponsors.

The graduation ceremony marked the end of an intensive 18 month-training programme designed for Quincy to become an Autism Assistance Service Dog – that is, a dog that is specifically trained to support children who are on the autistic spectrum.

During the last phase of her training, Quincy was matched with Ben, a 10-year old autistic boy. The pair bonded from the first day they met and from now on Quincy will be accompanying Ben at all times to help him face the challenges of everyday life. With Quincy’s calming and reassuring presence by his side, Ben can go about his daily activities with more confidence.

“Quincy can tell when Ben is about to have a meltdown and she goes to him and calms him down. Life has become much easier for the whole family since Quincy entered our lives,” said Ben’s father, Eric.
Since the Service Dogs Malta Foundation was set up in 2013, it has successfully trained and qualified five autism assistance service dogs and one diabetic alert dog. Once qualified, the dog is given to the family it has been matched with for free. As part of their training, the Foundation’s dogs also provide therapy services to children with behavioural difficulties and the elderly.

Vice-Chairman and co-founder of the Service Dogs Malta Foundation, Joseph Stafrace, explained that the ultimate aim of the Foundation is to provide a service dog to anyone who could potentially benefit from having one. This is no easy target when one considers that it costs the Foundation up to Eur15,000 to train and maintain a service dog.
Quincy’s training was proudly sponsored by the Salvo Grima Foundation, which hosted her graduation ceremony at its premises. The graduation coincided with World Disability Week.

Welcoming those present, Salvo Grima Group Chief Executive Officer Karl Aquilina, explained that the Salvo Grima Foundation was established in 2018 to contribute positively to society and the community around us. Quincy’s graduation was a sign that the Foundation was already registering visible results. The Foundation team of administrators was also looking forward to funding further valuable projects during 2019.

The ceremony was also attended by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo.

For more information on the Service Dogs Malta Foundation please visit www.servicedogsmalta.com or call PR Jo Cremona on 790 49 675.

Ship Supply operations awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification

In recognition of the consistently high quality standards across all its ship supply operations, Salvo Grima & Sons has just been awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification by the International Organisation for Standardisation.

Together with the upgrade audit held recently to upgrade the firm from ISO 9001:2008, a surveillance audit was also held to monitor the effectiveness of the firm’s Quality Management System. We are pleased to report that the firm passed the audit with flying colours, with zero non-conformities.

“This is surely an excellent result obtained through a lot of hard work and dedication from ALL the members of the team, both office or warehouse-based,” said Malcolm Sammut, General Manager – Ship Supply.”This reflects the high quality levels and standards of our Company’s operations.”

ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

Celebrations for Salvo Grima Ship Supply

The team behind Salvo Grima Ship Supply celebrated their excellent results by throwing a mid-summer boat party.

The cruise party, held on 29th July 2018, was a success and a great opportunity for the team to relax and enjoy some time boating.

Over 85,000 tankers and ships sail by Malta annually

New data published on the Sunday Times of Malta shows that over 85,000 tankers and large vessels sail through the waters between Malta and Sicily annually. This makes the region one of the busiest shipping regions in the world.

The monitoring of marine traffic by University of Malta geosciences researchers has revealed that over 200 vessels sail by Malta’s shores everyday, many of which are tankers and cargo ships.

The Mediterranean sea is a major route for oil and cargo vessels from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe and North America.

Open Day at Salvo Grima offices and warehouses

Salvo Grima’s team members and their families enjoyed a summer party with a difference on 23rd June 2018, as the Group organised its first ever Open Day event, complete with music, food and children’s games.

The Open Day was an opportunity for staff to introduce their families to their workplace and colleagues in a more relaxed atmosphere after a busy week at work.

Warehouse tours were also organised to give an overview of the facilities, equipment and goods in stock, giving guests an insider overview of our day-to-day operations.

Salvo Grima Group welcomes Service Dog Quincy

Salvo Grima Group welcomed an unusual visitor on 18th April, as Quincy, the service dog sponsored by Salvo Grima’s charity fund committee was brought to the Group headquarters.  

Quincy is a young Golden Retriever who is being trained by the Service Dogs Malta Foundation to provide support to children with autism, helping them overcome some of the difficulties they encounter on a day-to-day basis.

On the day, Salvo Grima colleagues were able to obtain more information on service dogs, meet their trainers and bond with Quincy, who is due to graduate as a fully-fledged service dog this summer. The event was also attended by Service Dogs Malta Foundation President, Mr Joseph Stafrace and other team members who gave some interesting background on the foundation and its services.

Information on the Service Dogs Malta Foundation can be found here

No Twelve hits the airwaves on Superyacht Radio

No Twelve Fine Wines and Provisions hit the airwaves this month as part of an interview feature transmitted by Superyacht Radio , the global digital radio station for the yachting community.

Andrew Azzopardi, General Manager of No Twelve Fine Wines and Provisions was invited to participate in the Overboard Show, hosted by top presenter Rhea at their studios in Palma de Mallorca.

The interview focused on the specialised service provided by No Twelve, together with Andrew’s experience of working with celebrity clients.

Number Twelve is an associate of Salvo Grima Group.

Commitment towards less pollution for international shipping

This year, governments worldwide are being urged to take concrete steps towards reducing pollution from international shipping.

The whole world would be watching the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2018, looking for something of real substance when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, IMO’s Secretary-General Kitack Lim pointed out.

“[2018] really will be a time when the world will expect IMO Member States to deliver a clear vision as the first stage of the approved roadmap. I urge you, be bold; set ambitious goals that really will make a difference. You have a real opportunity here to do something of lasting significance. Make the most of it,” Lim said while speaking at the 30th Assembly session at IMO Headquarters in London.

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is set to adopt an initial Green House Gas reduction strategy in April 2018.

Credit: World Maritime News

Cruise passenger arrivals in Valletta increase by 7%

Over 670,100 cruise passenger arrivals were recorded in Valletta over 2017, an increase of 7 per cent compared to 2016, according to statistics reported in the Times of Malta. There were 342 cruise liner calls in 2017, with an average 1,959 passengers per vessel, compared to 316 calls and an average 1,981 passengers per vessel in 2016.

70.7 per cent of the visitors came from EU member states. The biggest increase was recorded from the British market, which increased by 55,707 passengers. Most passengers were between 60 and 79 years old, followed by passengers aged 40-59.

Total cruise passenger traffic during the fourth quarter of 2017 amounted to 187,280, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.