General information of MSC shipping line

Type of business: Private
Industry: Transportation
Establishment: 1970 in Naples, Italy
Founder: Gianluigi Aponte
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
Scope of service provision: Worldwide
Representative: Diego Aponte, President and CEO
Services: Container transportation and Logistics
Revenue: $ 28.19 billion (2015)
Net income: $ 6.16 billion (2014)
Owner: Gianluigi Aponte [1]
Number of employees: 28,000 (2014)
Subsidiaries: MSC Cruises


History of the shipping line MSC

MSC was founded in Naples in 1970 as a private company by captain Gianluigi Aponte when he purchased his first ship, Patricia, then Rafaela, from which Aponte started a shipping line between the Mediterranean and Somalia. Later, the company expanded through the purchase of used cargo ships. By 1977, the company operated services to the Northern Europe, Africa and the Indian Ocean. Expansion continued in the 1980s; By the end of the decade, MSC operated ships to North America and Australia. [3]

In 1989, MSC acquired the cruise ship operator Lauro Lines, renamed the Mediterranean Cruise Company (MSC Cruises) in 1995, and then strengthened its cruises business. [3]

In 1994, the company ordered its first new-built ships, which began in 1996 with MSC Alexa. They are built by the Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri. [3]

In October 2014, Diego Aponte (son of MSC founder Gianluigi Aponte) was appointed president and CEO of MSC, taking over from father, he was appointed as group executive chairman. Gianluigi Aponte will continue to oversee all corporate related activities as well as assist Diego in shaping the future of the MSC.

Today's MSC shipping line



A container vessel of MSC (Photo: VesselFinder)


MSC operates vessels of up to 23,756 TEU, including (as of 2019) the world's two largest container ships, the MSC Gülsün [6] and the MSC Samar. The company remains independent and wholly owned by the Aponte family under the leadership of Diego Aponte, whom his father and founder of the company - Gian Luigi - appointed Chairman and CEO in October 2014.

In May 2014, MSC closed an agreement to order two new ships from the Italian shipbuilder - Fincantieri - with an order worth € 2.1 billion. [7]

In August 2014, MSC ordered a new cruise ship worth up to € 3 billion ($ 4.13 billion) from STX France. Shipbuilding company Saint-Nazaire built two ships for the company for 1.5 billion euros. The first ship is due in the first half of 2017 and the second in the first half of 2019. The contracts will provide 16 million hours of work for the French shipbuilder. Orders have been on the card since February, with ship sizes around 160,000 gt. The passenger capacity will be around 4,000 people. [8]

In December 2014, MSC was ranked 6th on the Lloyd's List of 100 Most Influential Companies in the Shipping Industry.

In January 2015, MSC launched the largest container ship, MSC Oscar, with a capacity of 19,224 TEUs. Built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and registered in Panama, it entered the Albatross service in January as part of the 2M VSA (Ship Sharing Agreement between Maersk Line and MSC). Then in 2015, MSC launched three more container ships of the same capacity and named them MSC Oliver, MSC Zoe and MSC Maya.

In February 2017, MSC acquired a 49% stake in Messina Line, an Italian shipping line established in Genoa, Italy in 1929, specializing in short inland Mediterranean sea routes and routes from Europe to East and West Africa. The company owns eight Roll-on / roll-off vessels and one port in the Port of Genoa, a leading fleet of container ships with a capacity of 65,000 teu.

In January 2018, MSC announced the launch of a regular dedicated Roll-on / roll-off service between Northern Europe and West Africa, [9] by deploying two car carriers: MSC Immacolata and MSC Cristiana, has previously been hired from other firms. [10]


Contact information for shipping company MSC Vietnam


MSC Vietnam Company Limited
Phone: +84 28 3636 3939
Address: 27th Floor, Etown Central building, 11 Doan Van Bo Street, District 4, HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam


MSC Vietnam Company Limited
Phone: +84 24 3574 7186
8th Floor, Dao Duy Anh Building, No 9 Dao Duy Anh Street, Dong Da District, VN - HANOI


MSC Vietnam Company Limited
Phone: +84 225 383 6321
Address: Unit 1802, 18th Floor, Cat Bi Plaza, No. 1 Le Hong Phong Street, Distr. Ngo Quyen, HAI PHONG, Vietnam


VANTAGE Logistics Corporation
Phone: + 84 236 3749 572
Address: 4th floor, Danabook Building, 76-78 Bach Dang street, Chau 1 ward, Hai Chau dist, DA NANG, Vietnam


VANTAGE Logistics Corporation - Quy Nhon Branch
Phone: +84 256 3894 159
Address: Floor 5th, Viettel Building, 01 Dinh Bo Linh Street, Le Loi Ward, QUINHON, Vietnam



  2. "Contact". Mediterranean Shipping Company. Retrieved on 5 January 2015. "12-14, Chemin Rieu - CH-1208, Geneva - Switzerland"
  3. Jump up to:a b c d "The history of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA". Swiss Deep-sea Shipping. Retrieved 10 August 2010.
  4. "TOP 100 - Existing fleet on December 2013". Alphaliner. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. About Us Mediterranean Shipping Company. Retrieved on 5 January 2015.
  6. "Giant ship makes waves on first visit". The Times. London (20 August 2019): 41.
  7. "MSC Cruises seals EUR 2.1bn order"TradeWinds - Latest shipping and maritime news. 22 May 2014.
  8. "MSC signs for cruise duo"TradeWinds - Latest shipping and maritime news. 20 March 2014.
  9. "MSC lines up against Grimaldi as it enters deepsea ro-ro shipping sector". 23 January 2018.
  10. "The optimistic Gianluigi Aponte - Ship2Shore"

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