The Malta Flag has experienced significant and constant growth since its birth in 1973 and is today the largest in Europe and the sixth largest in the world in terms of tonnage. After joining the EU in 2004 Malta has managed to retain and even went on to strengthen its international status as one of the top maritime flags, not only in terms of size but perhaps more importantly in terms of quality and profile developing into a very attractive, reliable and solid European flag.
The Malta Shipping Symposium, titled ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ organised by Transport Malta, in collaboration with the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, the Malta Maritime Law Association, and the Malta International Shipowners Association, brought together industry experts, policymakers, legal professionals, and maritime stakeholders to not only celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Malta Shipping Registry but to also provide a platform for discussions, networking opportunities, and knowledge exchange.
In his address the Hon Dr Aaron Farrugia, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, said, “I thank all stakeholders and the regulator for the past 50 years. The Maltese Government will continue to invest strongly to strengthen this register and continue to make our country a centre of excellence. It is crucial that we continue to ride on technological advances while also investing in the human element to ensure accessibility and keep offering a strong legislative framework.”
The Hon Ivan Castillo, Opposition Spokesperson for the Maritime Sector and Employment added, “Continuous dialogue with the stakeholders and a strong consensus between all political parties has led to this success story. Continued cooperation and support, and the adaptability for change will ensure an excellent future for this industry.”
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