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Sullivan Maritime provides an efficient service relating to preparation of documentation for all customers and authorities including: shipping orders, delivery orders, notices of arrivals, bills of lading and manifests to the concerned parties. Upon booking confirmation, clients are asked to provide all information in the bill of lading matrix, including:

  1. Shipper / Consignee / Notify Party
  2. Port of loading / Port of discharge
  3. Marks & numbers
  4. Cargo description including cargo status: EU/ non-EU
  5. Weight
  6. Shipping terms
  7. Invoice party

Sullivan Maritime also offer a dedicated documentation system designed to accommodate cargo moving under Documentary Credit. We offer full support and assistance throughout this procedure. For further information, please contact our booking centre team.​


Download B/L Matrix Form

Container Sizes


All below dimensions are indicative only and may vary without prior notice.

Container Internal Dimensions (mm) LOA Capacity Weight Payload
Type Length Width Height Cubic Metres Kg Kg
20′ Platform 6058 2388 323 1750 28730
20′ FR 5962 2370 2246 1881 22119
20′ DV 5897 2350 2390 32.33 2390 28080
20′ OT 5908 2330 2377 31.52 2171 28250
20′ RF 5435 2280 2280 28.25 2700 27000
20′ VT 2558 2330 2377 32.23 2350 28210
40′ FR 1173 2390 323 4950 40050
40′ DV 12024 2350 2389 66.6 3390 26480
40′ OT 12024 2350 2351 65 3850 26630
40′ HC 12031 2352 2698 76.4 4030 26450

Hazardous Goods


Sullivan Maritime also offers assistance to those customers who intend to ship IMO cargo, in any type of equipment. Customers are asked to download the attached form and return it duly filled and signed. The following information should be declared on the Dangerous Goods Note (DGN):

  • Technical name of hazardous commodity
  • Packing type
  • IMO
  • Class
  • Net and gross weight
  • Number of packages
  • For full loads of hazardous shipments, the driver must sign the DGN

Together with the multimodal, we would need the safety data sheets and a written declaration that the unit is up to standard to carry hazardous cargos.


In case of tanktainer carrying gas, shipper/owner of the tank must provide:

  • Point 5 of IMO resolution A 581(14)
  • Log book
  • Initial inspection certificate
  • Periodic inspection certificate

For hazardous cargos loaded on bowser, trailer, etc. transhipped/moving via Catania, has to be accompanied with the appropriate IMO or Rina certificate in line with IMO “AMENDMENTS TO THE GUIDELINES FOR SECURING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE TRANSPORT OF ROAD VEHICLES ON RO-RO SHIPS (RESOLUTION A.581(14). CLAUSE 6.1 attached.

For further assistance please contact our Operations Team.


Download IMO Guidelines   |   Download Multimodal Form

Port Locations

Genova Port

Terminal San Giorgio s.r.l.
Ponte Libia
Palazzina Uffici
16149 Genoa – Italy

Livorno Port

Sintermar Porto
Via L. Da Vinci, 43
57123 Livorno – Italy

Salerno Port

S.A.T. Salerno Auto Terminal s.r.l.
Via Ligea
84121 Salerno – Italy

Catania Port

Porto Di Catania
Molo Crispi
95100 Catania – Italy


Bill of lading

Legal document signed by or for the captain/master, agents, Owners of a vessel or the (common) carrier. It is written evidence of the contract of carriage by sea and/or by land. It is

  1. A receipt of the goods (in the owner’s/carrier’s or his/their agent’s custody) and
  2. An undertaking to carry and deliver the goods safely to the place directed/agreed, dangers of the sea excepted, against
  3. Surrender of the document where/when provisions in the document stipulate delivery to order of a named person, to order (blank) or to bearer
  4. It evidences the terms of the contract of carriage.


  1. Person who consigns something (e.g. the goods of an individual shipment).
  2. Legal entity or person named on the bill of lading or waybill as shipper and/or who (or in whose name or on whose behalf) a contract of carriage has been concluded with a carrier.


Person to whom something is consigned or shipped and is entitled to take delivery.

Notify Party

Company/person who appears on ‘bill of lading’. Waybill when company/person is to be notified when the cargo arrives at destination. Could be different from the consignee, but is often the actual receiver of the goods. A notify party has no particular rights (beyond the notification) under the bill of lading or waybill.

Freight Forwarder

  1. Person engaged in assembling, collecting, consolidating shipping and distributing less than trailer load freight.
  2. Also, a person acting as an agent in the transshipping of freight to or from foreign countries and clearing freight through federal customs.

Delivery Order

An order from the consignee/shipper/owner of freight, to a terminal operator, carrier or warehouse, to deliver freight to another party. On imports, it may also be known as a pier release.

A document which is neither a bill of lading or a waybill but contains an undertaking which

  1. is given under or for the purposes of a contract for the carriage by sea of goods to which the document relates, or of goods which include those goods; and
  2. is an undertaking by the carrier to a person identified in the document to deliver those goods to that person which the document relates.

Delivery orders are capable of transferring contractual rights by way of endorsements, but they are not necessarily documents of title in the sense of being able to pass constructive possession.

Marks and Numbers

The identifying details on or of a package or the actual markings that appear on the packages.

Ro-Ro Roll on/Roll off

Vessel used for carrying cars and light trucks. Vehicles are driven on and driven off, as opposed to being loaded with cranes or other external equipment.

Shipping Order

Equivalent of booking and contract of carriage evidencing the agreement to transport goods.

Notice of Arrival

Documentation that notifies the consignee of arrival information for the goods and the freight charges due to be paid in exchange for the goods.


A list of cargo being carried by a ship as declared by the shipper.

Stevedore Terminal Operator

Is designated to facilitate the operation of loading and discharging vessels and various terminal activities. Also known as longshoreman.

Letter of Credit

A letter of credit is a payment term generally used for international sales transactions. It is basically a mechanism which allows importers or buyers to offer secure terms of payment to exporters or sellers in which a bank, or in cases more than one bank, gets involved. The technical term for letter of credit is Documentary Credit.

EXW {+ the named place}

Ex Works

Ex means from. Works means factory, mill or warehouse, which are the seller’s premises. EXW applies to goods available only at the seller’s premises. The buyer is responsible for loading the goods on truck or container at the seller’s premises, and for the subsequent costs and risks.
In practice, it is not uncommon that the seller loads the goods on truck or container at the seller’s premises without charging loading fee.
The term EXW is commonly used between the manufacturer (seller) and export-trader (buyer), and the export-trader resells on other trade terms to the foreign buyers. Some manufacturers may use the term Ex Factory, which means the same as Ex Works.

FOB {+ the named port of origin}

Free On Board

The delivery of goods on board the vessel at the named port of origin (loading), at seller’s expense. The buyer is responsible for the main carriage/freight, cargo insurance and other costs and risks.
In the export quotation, indicate the port of origin (loading) after the acronym FOB, for example FOB Valletta.
FOB Origin means the buyer is responsible for the freight and other costs and risks. FOB Destination means the seller is responsible for the freight and other costs and risks until the goods are delivered to the buyer’s premises, which may include the import customs clearance and payment of import customs duties and taxes at the buyer’s country, depending on the agreement between the buyer and seller.

FAS {+ the named port of origin}

Free Alongside Ship

Goods are placed in the dock shed or at the side of the ship, on the dock or lighter, within reach of its loading equipment so that they can be loaded aboard the ship, at seller’s expense. Buyer is responsible for the loading fee, main carriage/freight, cargo insurance, and other costs and risks.

CFR {+ the named port of destination}

Cost and Freight

The delivery of goods to the named port of destination (discharge) at the seller’s expense. Buyer is responsible for the cargo insurance and other costs and risks. The term CFR was formerly written as C&F. Many importers and exporters worldwide still use the term C&F.

CIF {+ the named port of destination}

Cost, Insurance and Freight

The cargo insurance and delivery of goods to the named port of destination (discharge) at the seller’s expense. Buyer is responsible for the import customs clearance and other costs and risks.



Located in the Mediterranean sea just south of Sicily, the Maltese Archipelago consists of three islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino. The largest island of the group is Malta, from which the archipelago takes its name. It has a population of just over 400,000. Valletta, the capital, is the cultural, administrative and commercial centre of the archipelago.

Malta is well served with harbours including Valletta Grand Harbour, the main harbour. Its international airport is based in Luqa, 5km from the capital.

The distance between Malta and the nearest point in Sicily is 93km. The distance from the nearest point on the North African mainland (Tunisia) is 288km. Gibraltar is 1826km to the West and Alexandria is 1510km to the East.

This strategic position has allowed Malta to develop as an important trading post. The Malta Freeport is one of the Mediterranean’s leading ports for container transshipments.


The Maltese islands fall within the following positions:
North East South West
36°00′ latitude 14°35′ longitude 35°48′ latitude 14°11′ longitude


Area of the Maltese islands and internal waters:
Maltese islands Internal waters
316km2 198km2


Maritime Areas (excluding Maltese islands and internal waters):
Territorial waters Fishing zone Continental shelf
3,800km2 11,100km2 72,850km2


Further information can be found on the following website:

Useful Links

Helpful links with useful information

Department of Customs
Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry
Malta Enterprise
Malta International Airport
Malta Short Sea Promotion
Malta Weather
Transport Malta

Terms & Conditions


Any transaction entered into by Sullivan Maritime Limited (C 20340), hereinafter referred to as ‘the Company’ in connection with or arising out of the Company’s commercial activities and business shall be subject to the following terms and conditions unless otherwise agreed to or stated by the Company in writing. These terms and conditions also regulate the Company’s exclusion and/or limitation of liability. All Customers and/or all Clients should ensure they have all the necessary insurance coverage against any risks. The Company at its discretion and at an additional charge, may choose to offer insurance coverage to the Customer and/or the Client.

Before entering into any transaction with the Company, Customers are advised to familiarise themselves with these Terms & Conditions to ensure that they are fully aware of the latest updated version.


Terms & Conditions