If the Maritime sector is a worthy example of Maltese businesses, and it is, our resilient nature evidently also prevails within the heart of our industries.
It was inevitable that the performance of the maritime industry too would be affected by the C-19 pandemic. This edition of Malta Maritime Directory has been released while the world is reeling from its effects. But whilst one hopes that during the edition’s life cycle, humanity would have completely shaken the virus off, one can still appreciate the positive changes that countries and industries are going through.
Malta’s reactionary strategies are worthy of note. Indeed, Dr Ian Borg shares with us his thoughts on the stamina and resilience of Malta’s maritime industry, which is already implementing logistical and technological advancements. He outlines its successes, and his and his Ministry’s vision for the future which ensures that Malta’s maritime industry retains and yet enhances its world-leading position.
The Directory has a two-fold objective: to be a prime source of information and knowledge on the industry and its key stakeholders; and to be a prime directorial source of information on our industry Providers. The outcome of this release is bound to aptly highlight whom to work with as much as it does on how and why we have advanced in the international markets. To this effect, Transport Malta provides the users of the Directory with information which is necessary to know, understand and comply with; in order to operate well.
We have also had the pleasure of interviewing various market leaders within their respective fields; gauging how they have prospered throughout the years and these current times. Mr Pierre Balzan sheds light on how he has driven Melita Marine Group into being an ever-expanding, multi-country organisation whose name in Europe is synonymous with quality and efficiency. That their dedication to their craftsmanship rewarded them with an exclusive relationship with Rolls Royce’s very own MTU engines brand is a constant facilitator of their enviable growth curve.
Mr Joseph Bugeja, Chairman and CEO of Transport Malta, gives us his views which are based upon a maritime career spanning over forty five years, on why Malta is so accomplished as a maritime service centre of excellence, and on how the Authority is facilitating safety at work, maritime entrepreneurship and business at sea. Our interview with Ing. Kurt Gutteridge opines that it is through his marrying a diverse career within several tiers of the maritime sector with an extensive naval academic background that his company Naval Architectural Services became so highly renowned. Dr Ann Fenech, perhaps Malta’s most highly renowned and respected expert on Maritime Law, highlights aspects of maritime law which are particularly important within our seas today.
Mr Michael Callus’ role as CEO of the Malta Maritime Forum is for this respected Association to act as its members’ collective voice and as a catalyst for the solving of issues which changing circumstances may subject the industry to. Yet another industry veteran is presented within the Directory’s pages; Mr Lino Vassallo, President of the Malta International Shipowners Association, brings to light the raison d’être and core objectives of this vital Association.
I wish to thank our contributors, who have so aptly managed to grant us a bird’s eye view of what makes the industry’s propellers churn; as well as to our advertisers, who have once again facilitated the Directory’s release. Great care has been also taken in the compilation of the industry provider’s Profiles. I am confident that your business with all entrants will be to your full satisfaction.
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