Malta‚Äôs strategic position at the heart of the Mediterranean, lying 92km south of Sicily and 290km north of Africa makes Malta a natural choice for a port of call for vessels. Malta is in easy reach of European ports, Africa and the rest of the Mediterranean and so provides a convenient port for vessel visits as well for container transhipments. The fortified magnificence of the Grand Harbour provides a truly spectacular backdrop for superyachts and cruise liners. Also, with the combination of the warm weather and hospitable Maltese, Malta continues to guarantee an excellent holiday destination.

The Maltese archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta, the largest island, is 237sq.kms in area, Gozo is 68sq.kms and Comino is 2sq.kms.

The population of the islands is 370,000 with the majority living in Malta while 28,000 live in Gozo and only a few farmers inhabit Comino.

The official languages are Maltese and English. The Italian language is also widely spoken.

The climate in Malta is warm and inviting. Average rainfall per year is 500mm.

The average temperature is 14 degrees Celsius in winter (Nov-Apr) and 32 degrees Celsius in summer (May-Oct).

Malta time is Central European Time (CET) which is one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead in summer.

The capital city of Malta is Valletta. Valletta was built in the 16 Century by the Knights of the Order of St John. It was built as a fortified city surrounding a natural harbour which is the main port called the Grand Harbour. Today the Grand Harbour continues to welcome Naval vessels and incorporates the Malta Drydocks as well tank cleaning and bunker facilities. The container transhipments are based to the south of the island in the transhipment port of Marsaxlokk.

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