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Malta’s geographical position at the centre of the Mediterranean and at the confluence of the major sea-lanes linking Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, affords the archipelago of seven islands easy access to markets in the Mediterranean and beyond.

In Malta, maritime activity centres round the two main Maritime Maltese ports of Valletta and Marsaxlokk, although a number of other ports occasionally host ships on international voyages, usually passenger vessels. Both harbours are capable of providing a comprehensive package of maritime services including towage, salvage, pilotage, victualling and provisions of all kinds of storage and supply facilities and services. At the centre of countless shipping routes, these ports provide a wide variety of professional shipping services of value to major shipping lines and commercial entities.

Malta’s Capital City of Valletta bordered by two main harbours ; the Grand Harbour of Valletta and Marsamxett Harbour. The Grand Harbour is one of Malta’s main ports, and one of the most spectacular natural deep water harbours in the Mediterranean, adorned by its majestic fortifications of massive proportions built by the Knights of St. John during their long stay in Malta.
These two ports on each side of Valletta, particularly the Grand Harbour, girdled by these uninterrupted line of fortifications, are becoming an increasingly popular port of call for cruise passengers and related growth in the cruise industry as well as other leisure and sporting international events and activities such as international sea motoring and yachting events .

Apart from acting as a safe and secure haven for seafaring vessels of all types and sizes, the Grand Harbour also offers a comprehensive service covering practically all maritime requirements; a service that reflects the knowledge, commitment and attention that the Maltese maritime community is today well renowned for. The Valletta Grand Harbour is a multi-purpose port equipped to offer a large spectrum of maritime services which include cruise liner and general cargo berths, petroleum installations, bunkering facilities and ship and yachting repair services. The Valletta Grand Harbour sees an annual total average of 510,808 passengers, which is more than the total population of Malta. The Grand Harbour also provides the link between Malta and Sicily through a service operated privately by Virtu Ferries that offers daily connections between the Grand Harbour and Pozzallo.
The Marsamxett Harbour, is the northern of Valletta's two natural harbours, separated from the southern one (Grand Harbour) by the Valletta peninsula. To the north it is bounded by Gżira and Sliema as far as Dragut Point and extends inland to Pietà and Msida. It is generally more dedicated to leisure use than is the Grand Harbour. Its facilities include primarily a yachting port with marinas, a yacht yard, and berths for passenger commercial vessels for harbour and round-Malta cruises.

The other main harbour, the Port of Marsaxlokk, consists of a container terminal and industrial storage facilities which are operated by the Malta Freeport Terminals. It also houses the storage facilities of oil terminal operated by Oiltanking Malta Limited. On the other side of this Port, one also finds Malta’s main Power Generation facilities managed by Enemalta Corporation, a public company which is responsible for power generation and the import of petroleum for the local market. A Gas Installation is located within this port with its LPG bottling and storage facility located at Benghajsa and operated by Gasco Energy.

The second largest island is Gozo which can be reached from Malta by scheduled Ro-Ro ferry services from the ports of Ċirkewwa and Marsamxett. The main port in Gozo is the Port of Mġarr. It sees a total annual average of 20,000 trips catering for both passengers and cargo transport between the two islands. 

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