Mediterranean Shipping Company world's second biggest carrier
FIFTY years ago, an Italian sea captain scraped up enough money to buy a ship and put to sea carrying what he could between Italy and Somalia - and MSC was born
FIFTY years ago, an Italian sea captain scraped up enough money to buy a ship and put to sea carrying what he could between Italy and Somalia - and MSC was born.
Today, the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a Swiss-Italian international shipping line, operates in all major ports of the world as befits the world's second biggest container ocean carrier.
Founded in 1970 by Gianluigi Aponte, MSC is still a privately-owned global shipping company that operates 493 offices in 155 countries worldwide with over 70,000 employees. MSC's shipping line sails on more than 200 trade routes, calling at over 500 ports.
MSC operates some of the world's biggest ships, including the world's two largest containerships, the 23,756-TEU MSC Gulsun and the 23,700-TEU MSC Samar.
With access to an integrated network of road, rail and sea transport resources which stretches across the globe, the company prides itself on delivering global service with local knowledge.
Seafaring captain Gianluigi Aponte bought his first ship in 1970, the Patricia, followed by Rafaela, with which he began a shipping line operating between the Mediterranean and Somalia.
The line subsequently expanded through the purchase of second-hand cargo ships. By 1977, the company operated services to northern Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean.
The expansion continued through the 1980s; by the end of the decade, MSC operated ships to North America and Australia.
In 1994, the line ordered its first newly constructed ships, which were delivered beginning in 1996 with MSC Alexa.
As of October 2014, Diego Aponte, son of MSC founder Gianluigi Aponte, was named president and CEO of MSC, taking over from his father who was named group executive chairman.
In February 2017, MSC purchased a 49 per cent stake into Messina Line, an Italian shipping Line founded in Genoa, Italy in 1929, specialised in intra Mediterranean short sea, and Europe to East and West Africa routes.
The company owns eight roll-on/roll-off vessels and a terminal in Genoa on top of a container fleet of 65,000 TEU.
In January 2018, MSC announced the launch of a regular dedicated roll-on/roll-off service in between Northern Europe and West Africa, by deploying two car carrier vessels: MSC Immacolata and MSC Cristiana, previously chartered out to other Lines.