Notarial Archive Sponsorship

Historical documents on piracy and corsairs in 18th Century Malta are being restored through a sponsorship agreement signed by Salvo Grima Foundation with the Maltese Notarial Archives.

The Salvo Grima Foundation has adopted nine manuscripts that form part of the collection of Corsair documents held at the Notarial Archives in Valletta, Malta.

These documents, each pertaining to a specific vessel and a particular captain, include lists of provisions on board vessels, such as wine, coffee, butter, sugar, and ship-biscuit, and lists of vessel equipment and armaments such as cannoni, trombone a cavalletto, trombone a mano, pistole, and bandoliere. The documents also include Greek and Turkish letters recording goods being traded between Malta and the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Salvo Grima Foundation is providing financial support for the conservation treatments required by these documents; including surface cleaning, paper repairs, ink consolidation and flattening, cover repairs, and other necessary interventions.

Navigational logbooks describing conditions out at sea are also found within these types of documents. Signs of scorch marks indicate that these corsair documents were fumigated before getting to harbour.


The captains mentioned in the sponsored documents

The captains mentioned in the sponsored manuscripts are Giorgio Mitrovich, Francesco German, Gaetano Cavasso, Michele Borg, Gaetano Cumbi, Simone Gavaso and Pietro Zelalich.

Pietro Zelalich was born in Kotor, Montenegro, sometime around 1731. Zelalich was an official on an English privateer when he was captured and enslaved by the Ottomans and put to work on board the Corona Ottomana. There were a number of Maltese slaves on board, who convinced Zelalich that the best place for them to escape to was Malta. Thus they mutinied and managed to capture the ship and sail it to Malta. As their ship entered the Grand Harbour, confusion was great with the onlookers. Grand Master Pinto sent four galleys of the Order to discover what the Corona Ottomana was doing in the Christian harbour. News of the successful mutiny astounded the Hospitaller crews and knowledge of this act of bravery soon spread around Malta, making Zelalich and the Maltese crew heroes. Zelalich eventually became a favourite with Grand Master Pinto and led a successful corsairing career thereafter.

Giorgio Mitrovich too originated from Kotor, Montenegro, and settled in Isla in the course of the 1760s. He started his corsairing career in the 1770s and his campaigns yielded great profits to the family. He eventually involved his older sons in corsairing and fathered a generation of corsair captains. He also was grandfather and godfather to the future Maltese patriot Giorgio Mitrovich. Born in 1795, the younger Giorgio Mitrovich was born at the height of his grandfather’s military career.


Information taken from: Liam Gauci, In the Name of the Prince: Maltese Corsairs 1760-1798 (Malta: Heritage Malta, 2016).

SG Foundation – Supporting Foodbank

During these unprecedented times and the current pandemic we find ourselves in, the Salvo Grima Foundation is digging deeper to continue to support those most in need and offer hope and stability where possible.

Salvo Grima Foundation is pleased to be supporting Foodbank Lifeline Foundation [Click here] through the donation of various food products on a monthly basis, according to their demand and requirement.

Health & Safety Measures Amid a Global Pandemic

It is our vocation to continue supplying our clients and their vessels despite the challenges posed by the current pandemic. We are taking full precautions to protect our clients, suppliers and our team, remote-working, safe-distancing, sanitising our working environments, and ensuring maximum hygiene and quality standards.

The images below show our trucks and loading area being professionally sanitised yesterday evening. Thank you to our excellent team for all their ongoing work!

Remote working at Salvo Grima Group

We would like to reassure all our clients, suppliers and collaborators that we are currently working normally off premises and holding meetings via teleconferencing. We have suspended all duty travel.

Due to recent investment in Cloud technology solutions, our staff are fully equipped to work remotely, so all our operations will continue without interruption.

However, as a precautionary measure due to Corona Virus 19, we regret to inform the public that we will not be able to accept visitors on our premises until further notice.

In order to enter our offices and warehouses, any unscheduled visitors and all staff will be screened for low-grade fever (37.3 degrees Celsius +) and obliged to use hand-sanitiser.

CEO Karl Aquilina featured in Malta CEOs 2020

Salvo Grima Group CEO Karl Aquilina features amongst Malta’s most influential business minds in the latest edition of Malta CEOs Magazine 2020.

The theme of his interview centred around the Group’s 160th anniversary and the challenges and opportunities of geographical diversification and agile change.

The full interview can be viewed here:

Team Salvo Grima completes the Grid challenge

A team of seven colleagues from across Salvo Grima Group have successfully completed one of Malta’s largest outdoor events on 18th October, braving a set of challenges and obstacles before reaching the finishing line.

Salvo Grima Group sponsored a group of both experienced and novice athletes to take part in the October 2019 edition of the GRID challenge.

Those taking part were Andrew Azzopardi from Number Twelve Fine Wines & Provisions, Steven Gouder, Walter Oosthuizen and Jelle Hoekstra from Vladex BV, Luisa Galea from Salvo Grima Yacht Supply, Wendell Schembri and Sylvana Spiteri from SG Management Services Ltd. 

Congratulations and well done to all!

Image credit: Karl Anastasi

Salvo Grima at IMPA London 2019

Salvo Grima Ship Supply has participated as an exhibitor at IMPA 2019, the annual maritime procurement event held between 10th and 11th September 2019

IMPA London is the world-leading exhibition and conference for maritime purchasing and supply chain professionals.

Every year, over 2,000 key decision makers attend IMPA from over 70 countries to do business, network with old and new partners, and gain key insights into the industry.

Malta Free Zones Act launched

The Malta Free Zones Act of 2019 has been launched, enabling the Malta Government to designate areas as free zones in Malta. This development has been welcomed as a step in the right direction to facilitate international trade.

Salvo Grima Group chairman Robert Aquilina was actively involved in the consultation process relating to this Act whilst chairing the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Industry‘s Logistics Committee.

The Act proposes the establishment of an authority to administer the free zones, whilst offering assistance to the enterprises operating within this sector, creating new opportunities in terms of high-quality jobs and commercial activity. 

“Our location at the commercial crossroads between Europe and Africa gives us a unique advantage,” said Economy Minister Chris Cardona, who presented the bill in Parliament. “This law will pave the way for Malta to become a centre of excellence for the logistics industry.”

Salvo Grima Group sponsors Wave of Change swim

Salvo Grima Group is proud to support a marathon swim being organised by fund-raising organisation Wave of Change. Wave of Change volunteers, including Number Twelve General Manager Andrew Azzopardi will be swimming around the island of Gozo on 29th June 2019 to raise funds for environmental charities.

We wish them the best of luck!

Salvo Grima Group holds its first Annual Conference for staff

Over 60 staff members participated in Salvo Grima Group’s first annual conference, which was held on 16th April 2019 at Xara Lodge in Rabat, Malta.

The event united teams from across all the Group’s operations, particularly Malta and the Netherlands, and aimed to create an opportunity for all to meet up and share ideas and experiences in a relaxed setting.

Business coach and TedX speaker Nathan Farrugia delivered a talk on letting go of fear to increase performance, while Tribali musician Peter Paul gave a workshop on teamwork through music.

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