The Zammit family has been linked with shipping and marine related operations since the 1930’s. During these years, the Zammits were appointed as one of the main suppliers to the British Forces on the Island and in their efforts to fulfil their supply commitments to the British Garrison stationed in Malta, it was felt necessary to venture into chartering of vessels to secure timely and adequate supplies in spite of the untold difficult circumstances of the time. During the early fifties, Eucharist took over his father’s business and in 1957, he reorganised the business and operated under the trade name of E. Zammit & Co. It was about this time that he undertook the passenger and car ferry services between the Maltese Islands, a tender which was won against stiff competition. This service continued to be run by E. Zammit & Co. with annual tenders being won up to 1979 when the Government of the time decided to set up the Gozo Channel Co. Limited to run the service as a parastatal company. The Group retained substantial shareholding in this company till the early 1990’s.
The business’s increasing dependence on international trade reinforced the family’s intentions to extend their interests in the marine industry. Various types of vessels including freighters, passenger carriers, dredgers and tugboats have been bought, managed, chartered and sold. In fact, for a time in the 1980’s the Zammit also operated a passenger ferry service in the Middle East.
In recent years, the Group has again re-established its presence in the Mediterranean Shipping Industry through equity participation and joint ventures in shipping companies and ship management of a number of vessels. In fact, in collaboration with North Cypriot partners, the Group started a new passenger ferry service between the ports of Mersin (Turkey) and Tripoli (Lebanon).
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