In the January 2017 edition of Sea Breezes, in the From the Lookout section, you say that the only Freeport in the European Free Trade Area appears to be Triest, and that only partially so.
As far as I am aware, the Maltese port of Marsaxlokk (Marsash-lock) is a Freeport situated on the south coast of Malta. It is a hub port for CMA CGM, Maersk, MSC, UASC and many other container lines. It has a sanitized area for transit traffic of approximately 90% of the port area where customs etc is minimal. It can handle ships of up to 200,000 tons, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin being a regular caller.
There are always seven or eight feeder vessels and Con-Ro vessels in port at any one time, distributing containers to Italy, Greece, Southern France, Spain and across The Levant and Barbary Coast. The port was opened in 1988 on the wartime seaplane base of RAF Kalafrana as a Freeport and continued when Malta entered the European Union in 2004 and subsequently when it entered the Eurozone in 2008. For ship spotters, the esplanade at Birzebuggia is only about 300 metres from the turning area for the very large ships.
Please continue with your excellent magazine, with its diversity and current news.
R J CROSSMAN
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