New Logistics Business Section launched at Malta Chamber of Commerce

Salvo Grima Group chairman Robert C. Aquilina has just been elected chairman of the newly-launched Logistics Business Section of the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise. The new section aims to strengthen the logistics sector by giving it a unified voice to propose ideas and solutions for structured growth.

During the launch, Mr. Aquilina noted that Malta was experiencing an unprecedented growth in the logistics sector, which underlined the timeliness of setting up such a committee. “I am happy to once again be of service to the business community as Chairman of this committee within the Malta Chamber. I intend to lead the vastly experienced members of the committee for the benefit of the sector and the Maltese economy in general” said Mr Aquilina.

The five-member committee is composed of Mr. Robert C Aquilina (Salvo Grima Group) as Chairman, Mr. David Fleri Soler (Express Trailers Ltd) as Deputy Chairman, and Mr. Hugh Arrigo (Attard & Co Industrial Ltd), Mr. Pierre Attard (CMA CGM Malta Agency Ltd) and Mr. Ronald Attard (EY) as members.Election of representatives took place on 23rd August 2016.

Record number of Super Yachts at Vittoriosa Grand Harbour Marina

Grand Harbour Marina hosted 159 super yachts last year, an increase compared to 2014. The increase has been attributed to awareness of the spectacular views and great facilities.

“Undoubtedly, the location of Grand Harbour Marina set against the timeless backdrop of historical fortifications of Fort St Angelo and Valletta make our marina one of the most spectacular in the region,” Grand Harbour Marina chairman Lawrence Zammit told the Times of Malta. Mr Zammit said that the marina’s “top notch” services, as well as its proximity to amenities further contributed to its popularity with super yacht owners and crews.

New CEO appointed to head Salvo Grima Group

A new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed by the Salvo Grima Group Board of Directors. Mr Karl Aquilina has been selected to head Salvo Grima Group with effect from 1st May 2016, in line with the Group’s succession policy and long-term strategy.

Mr K Aquilina, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cardiff, has formed part of the Group Executive Management team as Chief Commercial Officer since 2014 and has been instrumental in setting up business ventures in Palma de Mallorca and the Netherlands, as well as strengthening the Group’s super yacht industry services and setting up the Group’s new logistical centre.

The outgoing CEO, Mr Robert C Aquilina, will remain Chairman of the Group. Mr R C Aquilina has, over the years, spearheaded the Group’s diversification and expansion beyond Malta’s shores.

Salvo Grima Chairman interviewed by CountryProfiler Magazine

Salvo Grima Group Chairman and CEO Robert C. Aquilina and Senior Manager Joseph Peregin have been interviewed by MaltaProfile magazine, outlining the firm’s achievements and its strategy for the years ahead . The full interview text can be read here. MaltaProfile is published by CountryProfiler, an international media company which specialises in the publication of country reports and investment guides on the world’s most innovative and high growth markets for trade, foreign investment and international financial services.

Malta Airport Ranks 2nd in Europe

Malta International Airport has ranked in second place in the Best Airport by Region (Europe) category for airports with over two million passengers per year according to the 2015 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards. MIA was among 97 European airports surveyed. Malta International Airport shared its achievement with Dublin (25 million passengers/year), Prague (12m passengers) and Zurich (26m passengers). See full article here. Photo credit: (c) Malta International Airport plc.

Record 14% increase in Malta Ship Registration

The Maltese Register of Shipping has registered an increase of almost 8.3 million gross tonnage representing a growth rate of 14.3% over the previous year, according to statistics issued by Transport Malta.

As at end of December 2015, the registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 66.2 million gross tons. These statistics represent record figures for the Malta Flag and a significant achievement for the Malta Flag Administration, since over 900 ships for a total gross tonnage of over 12 million tons were registered during the year.

These results continued to consolidate Malta’s position as the leading Ship Register in Europe and the 6th largest in the world.

27% increase in cruise passengers visiting Malta

Cruise Passenger data for 2015 shows that passenger traffic to Valletta surged by more than a quarter compared to the previous year. Around 2,225 passengers visited Gozo, and 5,300 spent at least one night on board their berthed cruise liner.
According to the National Statistics Office, EU visitors made up three-quarters of the total traffic, and most of them hailed from Italy, Germany and France. A quarter of the rest were from the US. Cruise passenger traffic for the year stood at 600,156 – a rise of 27.3 per cent over 2014. In all, there were 307 cruise liner calls in 2015, compared to 303 calls in 2014. See full article.