Carmelo Caruana Company marks centenary with historic art donation to Malta Maritime Museum

Carmelo Caruana Company, a logistics house in Malta and the Mediterranean which forms part of Hili Ventures, commemorated its 100-year anniversary with a cultural donation that pays homage to Malta’s maritime heritage.

The company donated an 18th Century oil-on-canvas painting to the Malta Maritime Museum, the island’s largest museum. The work depicts the maritime hustle and bustle around Marsamxett harbour and Manoel Island as seen from the Valletta bastions, offering viewers a unique window into Malta’s past.

From corsairing adventures to quarantine practices and local games, the painting captures the daily activities of a busy harbour, coming together to create a rich tapestry of 18th Century life in Malta. It holds immense relevance for the Malta Maritime Museum’s collection and will become part of the museum’s permanent collection when it is re-opened. While the museum is being restored, this piece will be showcased at the Inquisitor’s Palace, a Heritage Malta historic house museum in Birgu.

At a centenary celebration on October 27, Melo Hili, CEO of Hili Ventures, said: “As we gather to celebrate a century of achievements, it is important to remember that our legacy isn’t confined to the success of Carmelo Caruana Company as a business entity. It embodies the enduring spirit and values set in motion by our founder, Carmelo Caruana, back in 1923 when he began this remarkable journey. As the years passed, the company evolved to cater for different needs, however the values which underpin our spirit still ring true: ambition, integrity, and innovation. We are proud of our long-standing reputation, and this is testament to the loyalty and stewardship of Carmelo Caruana’s dedicated team.”

“The decision to donate this particular piece, driven by its vibrant portrayal of 18th-century maritime life, seamlessly aligns with the museum’s already rich narrative. As we write the next chapter in our history, I look forward to the next milestone and renew my thanks to all those with whom we share our story.”

Liam Gauci, Senior Curator of the Malta Maritime Museum, expressed gratitude, stating: “Carmelo Caruana Company’s significant contribution adds a valuable piece to our collection, enhancing our ability to showcase the Island’s maritime history. We appreciate the company’s commitment to preserving and sharing our rich heritage.”

Today, the company oversees operations in the ports of Valletta and Marsaxlokk and offers a diverse array of maritime services.

As Carmelo Caruana Company enters its next chapter, it has joined a newly formed group of companies, Breakwater Investments – a subsidiary of Hili Ventures. With a recently appointed board of directors and leadership team, Breakwater Investments specialises in engineering, shipping & logistics, and oil & gas operations across continents, and is destined to take its businesses, including Carmelo Caruana Company, to new heights.

From left to right: Beppe Hili, Lilla Cutajar, Annabel, Melo, Peter and Mark Hili.

Event backdrop displaying ‘Harbour Scene’, an 18th Century oil-on-canvas donated to the Malta Maritime Museum.

Melo Hili, Chief Executive Officer of Hili Ventures, saying a few words.

About Carmelo Caruana Company

Carmelo Caruana Company is a leading logistics provider in Malta and the Mediterranean, offering ship and liner agency services, ship-to-ship operations, and free trade zone warehousing and logistics. Established in 1923, the company forms part of the company forms part of Breakwater Investments a Hili Ventures subsidiary. Breakwater Investments is a dynamic group of companies specialising in engineering, shipping & logistics, and oil & gas operations across continents. Formerly known as HV Marine, Breakwater Investments encompasses Malta-based Motherwell Bridge Industries and Techniplus in Morocco, both leaders in the provision of customized engineering services. It also holds shipping & logistics companies ALLcom (based in Poland), Carmelo Caruana Company and Professional Courier Services (both based in Malta), Cobalt Leasing and oil & gas company STS Marine Solutions (both based in the UK).

About Hili Ventures

Hili Ventures is the holding company of a diversified group with a deep-rooted entrepreneurial heritage dating back to 1923. Through its various subsidiaries, Hili Ventures is engaged in food service & retail, real estate & hospitality, and shipping, engineering & technology in 11 countries across Europe and North Africa with a team of 11,000+ people. 

From its headquarters in Malta, Hili Ventures steers its subsidiaries towards continued growth in selected sectors and markets. Hili Ventures is a proud partner of Apple, iRiparo, Konecranes, McDonald’s, Microsoft, NCR, Six Senses and many other global brands.