MALTA: Maltese knights, the Maltese Cross, The Maltese Falcon, the Maltese themselves, oranges, Corto Maltese, the list of interesting things to see and do in Malta is long. This small Mediterranean island even evokes images in the minds of those who have never been there, but in CMA CGM’s case, we are well present and have been for years.
Remember our hubs? Well, Malta is our hub in the Mediterranean. It is THE place upon which our vessels and feeders in this part of the world converge.
The Group decided to transform the small port here into a Mediterranean hub. Malta is ideally situated at the heart of the Mare Nostrum between Suez and Gibraltar and this privileged location offers many possibilities, not only in the Mediterranean but also in the Black Sea. And that’s not all. The port also features attractive access and navigational conditions, and its depth of between 15 and 17 meters means it can handle the largest of vessels, even those with a 16,000 TEU capacity. Nobody was thinking of ships of that size back in the day, but even if they had the port would already have been capable of handling them.
The Group invested in enormous development projects in order to transform Malta into its nerve center in the Mediterranean, and the terminal as it stands today has:
- 70 hectares of land
- 2140 meters of quays
- 23 gantry cranes
- 50 handling machines and 110 trucks.
This translates into a handling capacity of 3.2 million TEU’s ensured by 700 staff. Almost 50 ports are served directly from Malta, and a further 150 serve as connections.
Make no mistake about it, the CMA CGM JULES VERNE was not ever going to sail through the Mediterranean without first making a call at Malta.