Salvo Grima Group acquires Vladex BV

Following successful negotiations, Salvo Grima Group has acquired Vladex B.V., an international trading company based in the Netherlands. Vladex BV is a wholesale food distribution company which is also experienced in catering supplies for humanitarian and military missions.
Vladex BV is based in Middelharnis, about 45 km from the key ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp where it runs a facility of over 10,000 square metres , including a fully-equipped ambient goods warehouse and facilities for frozen and chilled goods. Since its launch in 2001, Vladex BV’s large storage capacity, high standards and central location have ensured the rapid dispatch and delivery of mixed consignments of goods at competitive prices to clients world-wide.

 

Salvo Grima Supplies HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark returned to Malta for a short port visit on the 28th November, a year on from her last visit. The Royal Navy assault ship has recently completed a four-month deployment to the Gulf and Mediterranean and returned to Malta to recuperate.

Salvo Grima’s Ship Supplies division was entrusted with delivering fresh and frozen food to this vessel during its four day stop over on the island.

 

Salvo Grima Group Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer

The Salvo Grima Group (SGG) recently appointed its new Chief Commercial Officer, Karl Aquilina. The move highlights another key step forward within SGG’s plans for a complete restructure and on-going growth.

 

“Salvo Grima is a young company that is constantly on the move,” says SGG’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Aquilina. “We give great importance to our core businesses while, in addition, always have two or three projects in development at any one time.

 

“Now that Karl has been appointed, he will be heavily involved in the Group’s immediate plans, which includes the implementation of three important new businesses and the simultaneous restructuring of our entire operation.”

 

Mr Karl Aquilina began his career as a sales representative boarding vessels and liaising with captains as part of SGG’s ship supply department, which is the Group’s principal original operation. He progressed through the ranks and, eventually, took charge of other areas of the business, including the company’s logistics sector.

 

Then, in 2012, Karl was appointed to the Group’s Executive Committee. This provided him with an overview of the entire company and a role in the decision-making process across the whole of SGG.

 

“I am obviously thrilled to have been appointed CCO and am excited by the challenges ahead,” says Mr Karl Aquilina, who will also be responsible for the local distributorship of British American Tobacco products.

 

“Having recently co-led the team that successfully launched two new ventures for SGG in Palma de Mallorca, I am acutely aware of the many opportunities open to us and eager to exploit them as much as I can.”

 

“I also hope to introduce a fresh approach to the management of SGG, and to engage my colleagues across all levels within the company. Most importantly, I am driven to successfully take the Group through this period of transition and onto a bigger and brighter future,” he adds.

Salvo Grima Group Wins Key Retail Contract in Palma de Mallorca

The Salvo Grima Group (SG) reached another milestone in its 150-year history, when it recently secured the contract to run four duty free shops within Palma de Mallorca’s thriving Cruise Passenger Terminal.

To achieve this latest success, SG formed joint venture company SGM Retail with experienced Spanish partners, Meditteranea 2000. Together, they out-ranked international competition by presenting a detailed, winning business plan for this project, which earned the confidence of the APB (Autoritat Portuaria de Baleares).

In line with the contract, SGM Retail will run four outlets within the Palma de Mallorca port, spread across three terminals and 300sqm of retail space. Before launching the new shops, each of them will be completely renovated effectively bringing the outlets in-line with the cutting-edge design trends in international retail.

This contract will also further cement SG’s sturdy relationship with leading global duty free distribution company Gebr Heinemann.

“We are, of course, thrilled to be taking on this new project, especially in-light of the traumas in Libya that saw us shut our shops there after the start of the war. This success underlines the fact that we are a strong industry player and gives us more scope for international business in the future, which is exactly the direction that we want to move the company in.” Says Salvo Grima chairman Robert C Aquilina, who is one of the fifth generation of Salvo Grima successors.

“Now, it is certainly a positive move for a Maltese company to secure such a project internationally. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team that was involved in putting the winning proposal together, both in Malta and in Spain.”

“Our synergy with them, as well as our robust relationships with our other partners, has set us in very good stead for the job ahead. This is an exciting move for us and we are thrilled about it. We are very much looking forward to what the future has to bring for Salvo Grima, both in Malta and overseas,” he adds.
Palma harbour area

Salvo Grima and Malta set to Welcome Mein Schiff 3

Salvo Grima Ship Supply has been responsible for the supplying of the German cruise liner Mein Schiff 1 and 2 for the last three years. Salvo Grima has been supplying these liners with everything from equipment to fresh produce, particularly fresh fish. These German cruise liners of the Tui Cruises group have used Malta as their home port for the last four years.

Early in 2014, the Mein Schiff 3 will be introduced to the fleet, replacing the Mein Schiff 2. This luxury liner can carry 2,500 passengers and includes 11 restaurants, 12 bars and a 25 metre outdoor pool and like its predecessor it will use Malta as its home port from June 29th.

Salvo Grima Becomes Approved Ship Supplier for Carnival Cruises

Salvo Grima Ship Supply has recently undertaken a prestigious new supply service with renowned carnival cruise liners P&O Cruises, supplying these luxury liners during their visits to Malta throughout the summer cruise season.

Salvo Grima had been in contact with this company for some time before the start of the 2013 cruise liner season, and an extensive task ensued as Salvo Grima and P&O Cruises worked together to ensure that all of the necessary infrastructure and coordination was in place. A representative from the cruise liner company audited Salvo Grima, made detailed searches and enquiries and ensured that the Group had all of the necessary certifications and was compliant with industry standards.

In September 2013, the first order was placed and Salvo Grima Ship Supply was entrusted to supply a wide range of goods to the P&O Azura as it arrived in Malta. The Azura is one of the largest ships in the P&O Cruises fleet, entering service in 2010. This 290 metre ship contains 14 passenger decks and can accommodate up to 1,200 crew members and 3,597 passengers. Presented with a substantial order of supplies, Salvo Grima rose to the challenge of providing an efficient and coordinated express service; sourcing and obtaining the necessary high quality produce both from its local stores and abroad suppliers.

All items were delivered directly on board the ship to the great satisfaction of captains and crew. Salvo Grima was strategically placed and sought to provide the finest quality produce at only a moment’s notice, and the Group’s efforts in this industry ensure that it remains at the forefront of the chandlery industry in Malta.

Loading cruise ship 1 Loading cruise ship 2 Cruise ship in Valletta harbour

Salvo Grima Handles 3,266 Cubic Meters of Rig Equipment

In an operation that spanned over 3 days, Salvo Grima was contracted to offload and store 1,948 tons/3,266 cubic meters of rig equipment at our facilities at the Malta Freeport. The rig equipment consisting of 77 individual pieces of Risers and Pups was brought to Malta by ship from Turkey and will remain in storage for several weeks pending the relocation and rig move from Turkey to the Rigs’ next drilling location.  The decision to store the equipment in Malta was based on the excellent facilities as well as the shipping connections to most major ports worldwide.

Furthermore, the storage of the equipment is in a dedicated zone free from customs duties and formalities.