DIRECTOR \ DOP \ EDITING \ SOUND DESIGNER \\ Vincenzo Romagnoli
Located at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta Freeport is a strategically ideal platform for the shipping lines that choose it as their Mediterranean hub port. It is located at the crossroads of some of the world’s most important shipping routes, making it an ideal intersection point for any shipping line.
Malta Freeport is a premier trans-shipment hub, having successfully operated for over 30 years as a vital part of the Mediterranean containerisation market. The Freeport is now a fully-fledged state-of-the-art Terminal, offering total operational deep water quays of 2,463m. Both terminals are equipped with 21 Quayside Cranes, 65 Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTGs) and ancillary yard equipment. Malta Freeport Terminals benefits from reliable and experienced shareholders that provide a solid foundation for further growth following its privatisation in 2004. The Freeport has undertaken an ambitious investment drive to the tune of over €300 million.
Automation plays a crucial role in the future operations of container terminals.. The challenges that currently face operators are significant, but careful planning and implementation processes can overcome them, allowing terminals to exploit their full potential. With this in mind, a remarkable evolution is taking place at Malta Freeport Terminals: wireless connectivity is being used to seamlessly integrate all present and future movable assets (such as Quayside Cranes, RTGs and yard equipment, creating a low-latency roaming wireless backbone. Adequate asset connectivity is vital to be able to boost performance levels. A major impediment to this goal has been wireless issues that effectively undermine the desired productivity levels.
Malta Freeport Terminals Head of IT Jesmond Baldacchino said: “We performed trials with four suppliers. Several tests were conducted, including stress tests and data speeds, and we placed several cameras to simulate high-speed throughput.
“After several tests, it was established that we could use Fluidmesh technology to achieve data speeds of 50 to 60 Mbps with extremely low latency and zero packet loss, over a distance of 600 to 800 meters. One of the most significant features of the Fluidmesh products is the potential to scale the system.”