3rd Malta Maritime Summit set for Autumn 2020

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The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects has announced that the third edition of the Malta Maritime Summit will be held in October 2020.

Speaking at the launch of the upcoming event, Minister Ian Borg explained that the event followed two previous holdings of the event in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

Marking the third edition, the event would be entitled, ‘The Voice of the Industry’.

Minister Borg added that the Summit had offered a forum for discussion on the challenges facing the maritime industry of which it accounts for 12% of Malta’s Gross Domestic Product and a 23,000-person workforce.

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Malta has also seen increases in its registry of vessels and branching into the superyacht hospitality sector.

According to the Minister, Malta had seen a 6% increase in its registry of vessels in Malta, accounting for 82 million gross tonnes. Likewise, there had been a major growth of 90% in the superyachts sector.

‘The government will continue investing in ports, marinas, appropriate high-quality infrastructure, and we will continue working hand in hand with the industry,’ Minister Borg said.

The Summit’s organiser John Gauci-Maistre, explained that the forum offered a key opportunity to discuss many of the pressing issues facing the industry.

‘Now a fixture in the international maritime calendar, the Malta maritime week comprises a summit and three conferences once again convening the most influential maritime stakeholders and specialists from all over the world. They will be airing and sharing their views on the most pressing concerns particularly policies, energy, sustainability, finance and yachting demands currently faced by the shipping industry at a time of notable geopolitical shifts and technological advances. Having posited itself as ‘The Voice of the Industry’, the forthcoming debates continue to enhance Malta’s reputation as a key maritime nation,’ Gauci-Maistre explained.