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General Information
Year Established: 
Friday, 1 April, 2016
Number of employees in the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Other
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Jason
Bongailas
Cluster Manager
+356 21240996
jason.bongailas@maltamarittima.org.mt
Languages spoken: 
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Transportation and Logistics
Water Transportation
Technology fields: 
Aquaculture
Fish / Fisheries / Fishing Technology
Marine Science
S3 EU priority areas: 
Transport & logistics
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Environmental Industries
Logistical Services
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
35
Number of SME members: 
20
Entrepreneurship and start-up support organisations: 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Malta Marittima Agency have the role of overseeing the maritime sector in an attempt to harmonise the various opportunities available whilst providing a one-stop shop and a first-contact point to the maritime sector in Malta, by offering the necessary support services required for the facilitation of marine and maritime activities. The Maritime Agency will facilitate coordination between relevant government departments to ensure the development of the blue sector, as well as simplifying interactions between the private sector grouped into various clusters, the general public and government authorities.

In this regard, Malta Marittima Agency has developed the sectoral clusters within the Agency in congruence with the spirit of the national integrated maritime policy, under the four identified economic pillars, namely 'Logisitcs Cluster', 'Energy Cluster', 'Services Cluster' and 'Food Cluster'. Stakehodlers from within the Maltese public and private sector are representated in working groups meetings that are organised by the Agency for each respective cluster. 

 

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of knowledge transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through international activities: 
United States
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through trans-national activities: 
Ireland
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
INTERREG

InnoBlueGrowth

Malta Marittima Agency actively participates in EU funded programmes.  At present, the Agency are associate partners in the InnoBlueGrowth project under the Interreg Med programme.

Promotion
Why partners should choose you for cooperation?: 

Malta Marittima Agency is the government agency responsible for the development of the National Maritime Clusters in Malta.  In this regard, the Agency has developed the national cluster under the four economic pillars of the integrated maritime policy.

'Logistics Cluster':

Logistics plays a significant role in global business operations. The logistics process in Malta can be optimised through improvement in the maritime transportation system, making this a strategically significant component of the logistics integration within the global supply chain. The value of maritime logistics is reflected in efficient and effective flow of goods from the supplier to the consignee. Maritime Logistics goes beyond sea transportation activities consisting of contracting, shipping, moving of cargo, loading and unloading. Maritime logistics also includes supplementary services such as warehousing, stripping/stuffing, distribution centres, testing and quality control and may even be extended to light assembly, packaging and re-packing as well as inter/intra modal transportation facilitation.

‘Energy Cluster’:

Our seas have the potential to become important sources of clean energy. Marine renewable energy, which may include offshore solar and wind as well as wave energy, provide Malta with an opportunity to generate economic growth and jobs and enhance Malta’s policy to create a mixed energy supply and boost technological innovation. Another important aspect of economic growth is oil and gas exploration, where Government has renewed its drive to pursue this path in a sustainable manner.

‘Food Cluster’:

Fishing has always played an integral part of the Maltese economy and has provided income to numerous households throughout history and across the Island. Fish caught in Maltese territorial waters is not only consumed locally but an increasing share of catches is being exported to foreign markets. The physical and resource constraints faced by local fishermen must be taken into consideration when examining the context and growth potential of the sector.

‘Services Cluster’:

Over the years Malta has developed into a service oriented economy through the provision of a number of professional services being legal, financial or technical. This holds true also in the Maritime Sector.  Malta is a leader in the field of Maritime Law, has an extensive history of ship repair services and provided several able seafarers across the oceans. Maritime Services are thus an integral pillar of Malta’s blue economy and through the Integrated Maritime Policy and in line with Blue Growth objectives, there are a number of initiatives that will be explored.