For more than a century, spanning four generations, the Sullivan family has operated and managed businesses in sectors including shipping, hospitality and finance. Malta’s strategic geographical position and strong maritime tradition contributed to these sectors being lucrative opportunities. The shipping sector has become synonymous with the family name of Sullivan, with an excellent reputation for services globally. Sullivan Maritime’s competence in achieving client satisfaction across a comprehensive range of support services is directly related to the importance it places on its human resources. A dynamic and energetic team of both qualified and experienced professionals operates the organisation. Sullivan Maritimes offices are ideally located in Malta’s capital city Valletta, on St Barbara Bastion overlooking Valletta Grand Harbour. Although Freeport in the south of the Island handles much of the container transhipment business for Malta, most of the maritime services offered are centered round Valletta’s historic harbour with its numerous berths, wharfs and docks. The Company is well established in the local business community with strategic networks and links in place with all key stakeholders connected to the shipping industry, both locally and internationally.


Contact Information

Contact People

Ms. Rachel Urpani
Personal Assistant to the MD



English, Italian
Ernest E. Sullivan
Ernest E. Sullivan
Managing Director
Languages: English, Maltese

Philip Sammut
Philip Sammut
Finance Director
Languages: English

Marco J Spiteri Binett
Marco J Spiteri Binett
Languages: English

Norman Aquilina
Norman Aquilina


Ernest E. Sullivan

Managing Director


Company Information

Philip Sammut
Finance Director
Marco J Spiteri Binett
Norman Aquilina

Limited Liability Company
English, French, Italian, Maltese

Sullivan Maritime Ltd has a vast experience in handling the movement of various types of cargo from any origin to any destination. Sullivan Maritime assist in the shipping of hundreds of trailers per year, specialising in bookings and loading / discharging co-ordination of

  • Roro Cargo: Heavyplant machinery, Machinery on tracks, Trucks and Trailers, Vehicles and Boats.
  • Unitised Cargo: comprising both standard containers as well as special equipment.
  • Conventional Cargo: including pallets, iron, steel, drums, reels and boxes in limited quantity as well as bulk.

Sullivan Maritime offer a reliable service in the collection from ‘Ex works’ to door delivery services. A container is booked and Sullivan Maritime will do all the rest; including packing and vanning at the port of loading, customs and port formalities, haulage to/from port and devanning. They will ensure that these operations run

smoothly, and in the shortest time frame possible.

Solutions for the import or export of hazardous materials, such as oil, gas, fuel, and chemicals through any transport mode can be arranged.

All cargo movements are tracked with a specialised documentation system, which is supported at all load ports. Expertise can be offered on cargo moving under documentary credit. Sullivan Maritime have

accumulated vast experience in conventional cargo and can provide guidance in all procedures relating to; marking, packing, ensuring smooth loading and/or discharging operations.

Through their professional yet personal approach Sullivan Maritime can ensure peace of mind and reliability, backed by years of experience in the shipping sector.

Managing all your shipping needs

Sullivan Maritime is one of the Island’s leading agents of Port and Marine services. They provide a high level of support to the shipping industry and their experienced staff offers comprehensive local knowledge, ensuring client needs will be met effectively on a 24hr, 7 day week basis. A full range of services required by any modern ship owner and operator are offered, whatever size or type of vessel. Port and marine services include:


forklift in warehouse

Bunker and brokerage Customs clearing by sea, road and air
Ship to ship transfer Dry docking
Clearing and forwarding Husbandry
Crew changes and repatriation Ships’ spares
Offshore harbour services Warehousing facilities
Oil products handling and storage Stevedoring services
Ship management and brokerage Company and trust management
Support services to ship owners Liner freight sales – container, conventional and RO-RO
Dry cargo and tanker chartering Liner and ship agents

Shipping lines supported by Sullivan Maritime

Grimaldi Group Naples:
Atlantica SpA di Navigazione
Malta Motorways of the Sea
Atlantic Container Line ACL
Minoan Lines

Hoegh Autoliners
Sloman Neptun Shipping & Transport GmbH
Euro Marine Carrier B.V.
Nissan Motor Car Carrier NMCC

Samudera Shipping Line Ltd

Sullivan Maritime always strive to provide its clientele with an integrated offer, therefore they also offer Insurance to all their customers, as Tied Insurance Intermediaries (TII) for Montaldo Insurance Agency Ltd. Malta General Agents for AIG Europe Limited. The company has several trained and qualified personnel

providing insurance solutions. The team can advise on the relevant and appropriate insurance package, ensuring protection tailored for both individuals and/or companies. The range of insurance coverage that Sullivan Maritime offer is diverse and includes but is not limited to:

  • Marine
  • Motor
  • Home
  • Business
  • Offices
  • Restaurant
  • Shops
  • Wholesalers
  • Light Industries

Be protected and call the team for further information on attractive Insurance Packages. Contact our commercial team for a quote today.

This aspect of Sullivan Maritime’s service has developed over the years in response to the opportunities presented by the growth in Malta’s ship registration industry, and has become a popular choice. Malta has also endeavored to evolve and develop its legislation to the advantage of all parties in the industry.

General Info:
Registration of vessels under the Malta flag and operation of Maltese ships is regulated by the Merchant Shipping Act, a law based in the main on British shipping legislation, revised in 1986, 1988, 1990 and 2000. The amendments introduced important measures for control, included bareboat charter registration, and added safeguards for the financiers, making financing more attractive.

Malta provides excellent bunkering, dry docking, general port services and has a proven track record as a key Mediterranean shipping hub, serving the major sea routes between the Atlantic and the Far East. It has furthermore excelled as a hub for the transhipment of cargo.

Sullivan Maritime has gained a vast experience in this field and has built a reputation as being a main contact in Malta for

Transhipment operations serving as Liner Agents for established Shipping Lines in Europe.
The main Transhipment services offered by Sullivan Maritime are the following:-

  • Berthing arrangements
  • Storage of cargo
  • Customs formalities / clearance
  • Stevedoring arrangements
  • Warehousing facilities
  • Support services

The geographical and strategic position of Malta gives the island a clear advantage when it comes to offshore services.   Situated right in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a cost effective place for Shipping Lines to call and take bunkers, and any other requirements/services, both offshore (outside port) or alongside (inside port). Sullivan

Maritime Ltd can serve ALL shipping needs at short notice and on 24/7 day basis at competitive prices.  Bunker supplies are monitored round the clock giving our Principals an hourly report of the bunkering operation and how its progressing, thus minimising possible delays. Offering a full range of services under the ‘One Stop

Shop’ concept, we can also handle crew changes and repatriation, delivery of ship’s spares, provisions and supplies while vessel is undergoing bunkering operation. By offshore services, Sullivan Maritime can also offer S.T.S. (Ship to Ship) transfer operations.  A ship-to-ship (STS) transfer operation is the transfer of cargo between

seagoing ships positioned alongside each other, either while stationary or underway. Cargoes typically transferred via STS methods include crude oil, liquefied gas (LPG or LNG), bulk cargo, and petroleum products. Sullivan Maritime can provide a multitude of expertise to port-agency management issues.

Ship Agency
Ship Registration
Offshore Harbour
Ernest E. Sullivan

Ernest Sullivan was established into the world of shipping at a young age. His father Lawrence Sullivan and the Sullivan family have firmly established and have been instrumental in the development of Malta’s shipping and maritime trade, spanning four generations. In 1996, Ernest Sullivan took the decision to set up his own shipping organisation; Sullivan Maritime Limited.
As Managing Director of the company, Sullivan Maritime places top priority on client and stakeholder relationships. Since the inception of the company, he strives to ensure that Sullivan Maritime delivers a quality service in all factors of the business, which has ensured continued client loyalty and positive feedback.
Ernest Sullivan recognises the importance of engaging with the shipping community.  Ernest Sullivan is Chairman of the Association of Ship Agents, a position held for twelve terms of office, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is also the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Indonesia in Malta.

Philip Sammut
Philip Sammut is a Certified Accountant with over 25 years experience. Once qualified as an Accountant, he embarked on a career with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Malta, but was offered the opportunity to relocate to the UK. Whilst there he broadened his experience, working with internationally known organisations. In 1995, he returned to Malta to work as the Financial Controller for one of the major shipping companies operating in the Freeport. He continued his development and expertise in shipping and joined Sullivan Maritime as the Financial Controller in 1998. In 2001, Sammut became Director of Finance for Sullivan Maritime. Under his financial leadership the company has sought to achieve financial success with a human dimension. The company never loses sight of the principal of providing clients with a quality service that gives value, and the need to invest in its staff. The company’s financial success is driven by the strong relationships that are maintained with both clients and staff. Together with his fellow Directors, Philip Sammut forms part of a team that works in an innovative way to ensure that the company retains its leading financial edge.
Marco J Spiteri Binett
Marco J. Spiteri Binett, MCILT, MIIA, KC*HS was educated at De La Salle College, Cottonera. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the shipping business spanning more than 26 years and joined Sullivan Maritime Limited at its inception in 1996. Marco Spiteri Binett became a member of the Board of Directors of Sullivan Maritime in 2004. As Director, Marco Spiteri Binett liaises with the board to help the company develop, plan and achieve its business ambitions. He works as part of the management team as the company’s leading expert in shipping documentation and export trade to Libya. He also invests in the training of staff, in documentation and shipping related skills. Marco Spiteri Binett is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and a Knight Grand Officer of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Norman Aquilina
Norman Aquilina is the Group Chief Executive of Simonds Farsons Cisk Plc. He also holds a number of directorships within the Farsons Group. He is currently the Chairman of both the Competition Policy Committee and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Group within the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise & Industry. By appointment from the European Commissioner for Enterprise, he is also a member of the European Commission’s Brussels-based Enterprise Policy Group. Previously he held the post of Senior Vice-President of the Chamber and board member for the Malta External Trade Corporation. Norman Aquilina is a graduate in International Trade and holds a diploma in business management. He furthered his studies at various management schools abroad and is an alumni of the Salzburg Seminar. He was also one of the first award winners of the Strickland Foundation.


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