‘Malta Marittima’ is a Government of Malta agency that was established through Legal Notice 41 of 2016. One of the Agency’s main objectives is to bring industry and government stakeholders together so as to focus and promote the continued and enhanced development of the marine and maritime industries in the Maltese Islands.
The Malta Marittima Act defines a corporate body with a separate and distinct legal personality, to which the Government of Malta may assign relevant functioning parameters and/or operational processes. . This particular feature is of particular relevance for Malta Marittima in assuming the responsibility of representing Malta as the EU Focal Point for the Integrated Maritime Policy, it’s related regulations and it’s initiatives. As an agency, ‘Malta Marittima’ will have an enhanced level of transparency and accountability in compliance with the Financial Administration and Audit Act (Cap174, Laws of Malta
Malta Marittima is composed of a steering committee often Directors in all; five of which are nominated from within the public sector, viz., Transport Malta, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Malta Freeport Corporation, Regulator for Energy and Water Systems, Malta Enterprise; and five others which are appointed by government through a consultation process with industry stakeholders.
The steering committee, together with the industry representatives, form a governing board as part of the Malta Marittima Board. In addition to this, Malta Marittima is supported by a specialised team of executives who will coordinate the related policies which concern education and research, environment, spatial planning, and safety and surveillance. The executive team is also tasked with the provision of support to the ‘Clusters’ which themselves address the diverse array of activities in the marine and maritime domains. . In line with the Integrated Maritime Policy, the establishment of ‘Malta Marittima’ will bring the business and non-business members together, in sectoral ‘Clusters’. Each sectoral cluster is comprised of businesses, industry associations, government departments, academic and research institutions.
There is a wide range of companies and organisations already active in maritime industry; services vary broadly and include financial (e.g. insurance), yachting and marina management, consulting and legal, logistics, transportation, and aquaculture. The grouping of these activities holds potential for establishing a number of closely-knit maritime clusters. Maritime clusters have been promoted globally for several years and the European Commission sees maritime clusters as having a pivotal role in the strengthening and development of the maritime sector.
The maritime sector encompasses an immense variety of activities that are indirectly linked to the sea. Ancillary and associated maritime support services are significantly far-reaching and hold considerable inherent potential for Malta’s economy and labour market.
The Prime sectoral clusters proposed are as follows:
1. Maritime Commercial Cluster – Legal, Financial, Insurance, Broking, Chartering, Ship Owners, Surveyors, Adjusters, Crew Management
2. Logistics Cluster – Freight Forwarders, Terminal Operators, Ship agents, Warehouse Operators, Bunkering.
3. Marine Engineering Cluster – Marine Engineering, ICT, Ship Repair, Technical Services Mechanical and Electrical, Sailing and Motorboat clubs, Marinas, Boat Sales/Chartering.
4. Fisheries and Aquaculture Cluster – Fishing Boat Owners, Fishing Coops, Fish farming, Aquaculture, Fish Processing, Fisheries Management and Biotechnology
5. Energy Cluster – Oil & Gas exploitation and servicing, Offshore renewable, Emissions