Future challenges and opportunities for the maritime industry discussed with the Leader of the Opposition

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 July, 2023 at 12:04 pm by Andre Camilleri

“Our vision is to elevate standards in the maritime industry which requires action and commitment from the private and public sector alike. Of course, we are proud of our legacy but we need a quantum leap forward in standards overall whilst ensuring readiness for the digitalisation and decarbonisation challenges which are being tackled head-on in other jurisdictions.”

Malta Maritime Forum (MMF) Chairman, Godwin Xerri made these bold statements upon welcoming the Leader of the Opposition and Opposition Spokesman for Maritime Affairs to Sa Maison House to discuss matters of topical mutual interest with the MMF Board of Directors.

The MMF explained that the maritime sector was experiencing massive transformation with longer and wider vessels powered by transitional fuels and Malta needed to complement these developments in order to sustain and grow business opportunities.

The MMF argued that the industry has been resilient during Covid and the Forum feels that Government should channel more funds through the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Fund directed at long term investment in the sector which will in turn generate further economic growth.

The MMF underlined the role of education and talent in ensuring further success for the industry and explained that the MMF was consistently pressing for increased exposure of maritime careers and better coordination between the relevant stakeholders in this regard.

During the meeting, both Hon Dr Bernard Grech and Hon Ivan Castillo commended the Forum for its active endeavours in favour of giving maritime related subjects due exposure on the national agenda particularly through its researched position papers. The Leader of the Opposition reiterated his Party’s commitment towards appointing a Minister for Maritime Affairs if elected to power and to establish the necessary dedicated maritime institutions to serve the industry within the local and international spheres.

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