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.

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.