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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.