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Monthly Featured MSPC Member – Transport Malta

Date: 11/09/2013

Transport Malta is the Authority for Transport in Malta as set up by Act XV of 2009.  As a government authority, Transport Malta was set up to assume the functions previously exercised by the Malta Maritime Authority, the Malta Transport Authority, and the Department of Civil Aviation. 

The Authority shall endeavour to achieve the following main objectives and policies:

(a)   Develop integrated transport policies aimed at achieving modal shifts that favour public transport and non polluting strategies:

(b)   Ensure the development of an efficient and socially sustainable public transport system in Malta;

(c)    Promote the maritime and civil aviation facilities of Malta and the registration of ships and aircraft under the Maltese flag;

(d)   Promote policies that favour the development of Malta as a maritime hub in the Mediterranean and as an entry port to the European Union;

(e)   Encourage measures for the development of civil and ancillary services, and in particular of air transport services of both passengers and cargo;

(f)     Ensure that the administration, services and operations of ports and yachting centres in Malta are more efficient and cost-effective;

(g)   Provide a sound financial basis for the Authority to be able to achieve target returns and investments;

(h)   Standardize practices in the transport sector in Malta in line with international norms and with those of the European Union in particular;

(i)     Construct and maintain roads, manage traffic and promote traffic safety and;

(j)     Develop and maintain maritime infrastructure

Transport Malta is composed of five operational and four supporting directorates as follows:

  1. Integrated Transport Strategy Directorate
  2. Ports and Yachting Directorate
  3. Merchant Shipping Directorate
  4. Roads and Infrastructure Directorate
  5. Lands Transport Directorate
  6. Civil Aviation Directorate
  7. Corporate Services Directorate
  8. Enforcement Directorate
  9. Information and Communication Technology Directorate

Transport Malta has supported the Malta Shortsea Promotion Centre (MSPC) since its inception, way back in 2005 which have been set at that time as an independent unit with the Ports Directorate of the former Malta Maritime Authority.  Following the valuable work of the MSPC, private and public stakeholders joined the Centre which has evolved into an independent organization with its own Executive Committee, with Transport Malta having the role of a Founder Member within the Centre.  Moreover, the Authority continued to support the Centre in promoting and improving multimodal transport initiatives in Malta, and enhance the transport sector contribution to the local economy and Malta’s cohesion with Europe and its neighbours.  With the support of the Authority and its members, the Centre achieved another milestone earlier this year that saw the Centre changing its status to a non-government organization.  Through this change in structure, the MSPC has retained its membership structure to allow entities to enroll either as founding or ordinary members, while at the same time ensuring that the organisation remains free of government influence.  Another development within the MSPC is that of providing tangible benefits to its enrolled members particularly by sponsoring and assisting in the training of personnel within the transport and logistics industry.  As Founder Member, the Authority is represented on the MSPC Executive Council which is currently chaired by a Chairman and engages an executive secretary within same Authority.



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