ESA Ship Management Ltd, a Maltese, wholly owned subsidiary of ESA Genoa, has started operations in Malta. Its office is in Old Mint Street, Valletta.

The company handles vessels’ technical and safety requirements according to international standards.

The role of a ship’s technical manager is to ensure that it is totally compliant in every respect with all internationalstandards so that it may proceed with delivering cargo where needed and when needed.

Ivo Guidi, managing director of ESA Group, said: “We have known about the professional quality of the Maltese maritime community for some years now, since we began to cooperate with some of them, particularly Alfred Vassallo, his company and his associates.

“We are impressed by the government’s commitment to promote the island as a centre of maritime excellence and to develop a national, integrated policy as the vehicle that can lead to sustainable growth,” he said.

Mr Guidi said because of its physical dimension and demography, Malta could not compete in producing ‘hard values’ like industrial factories or in the number of TEUs, but it certainly can compete in ‘soft values’ like agencies, brokers and professionals, who together with an efficient administration, can become an extraordinary flywheel of success for the shipping business.

The ESA Group was established in 1947 and is headquartered in Genoa. It is the only Italian-based organisation offering ‘one-stop shop’ ship management and has offices in nine countries.

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