A letter written earlier this year by resident associations from the Cottonera region and other NGOs to the Prime Minister and other members of Parliament regarding the deal between cruise liner giants MSC and Palumbo, who run the shipyards in Cospicua has become a source of controversy between the two sides.
On its part Palumbo Shipyards said it is condemning allegations of the pressure groups’ claim and reiterated that there has been no finalized agreement with MSC Cruises so far, even if this agreement comes with positive benefits for the Maltese economy.
The company said the statement issued by these pressure groups is nothing more than a provocation from the usual suspects who for the past 10 years have only intended to damage the company, while not realising that they are not only harming Palumbo on an international level, but also the whole country.
Palumbo said that it unreservedly condemns the defamatory allegations and reserves the right to take legal action. Moreover, the timing of these comments are uncalled for, even more so since the company is currently focused on saving the jobs of its workers and contributing to the Maltese economy while this global crisis due to COVID19 is ongoing.
“Palumbo Shipyards has been placed with the top three companies of its kind in the world, and despite the current crisis, we will continue to work in the interests of Malta and its citizens,” said a company spokesperson.