Malta is an island nation with a maritime tradition going back hundreds of years. Its geographical location places it at 6 nautical miles off the main Mediterranean Sea routes between Gibraltar and the Suez Canal. Malta is the closest EU hub to North African ports like Algeria, Libya and Tunisia. Being the southernmost point in EU, it also serves as a gateway to Europe. It allows for feeder connections to all main ports within the Mediterranean. Embracing its long tradition along with constant modernisation, today Malta is recognised as a leader in the maritime industry, offering an array of logistical facilities and services.