Mediterranean Shipping Company
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|Diego Aponte, President and CEO|
|Services||Container Shipping and Logistics|
Number of employees
Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) is the world's second-largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity. Yet, because it has no stocks exchanged on the market, it has no obligations to issue its budget certified by independent parties; as a consequence, the data MSC releases about itself is not verifiable. Specifically, As of end-December 2014, MSC was operating 471 container vessels with an intake capacity of 2,435,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). The Geneva-based Italian company operates in all major ports of the world. MSC's most important port is Antwerp in Belgium. MSC Cruises is a division of the company focused on holiday cruises.
MSC was founded in 1970 as a private company by Gianluigi Aponte when he bought his first ship, Patricia, followed by Rafaela, with which Aponte 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.
The company today
As one of the world’s leading container shipping lines with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC operates 480 offices across 150 countries worldwide with over 24,000 employees. MSC’s shipping line sails on more than 200 trade routes, calling at over 315 ports.
MSC operates vessels with a capacity of up to 19,244 TEU, including one of the largest container ships, MSC Oscar. The company remains independent and wholly owned by the Aponte family under the leadership of Diego Aponte who was appointed President and CEO by his father and company founder GianLuigi in October 2014.
In August 2014, MSC ordered a new cruiseship worth up to EUR 3bn ($4.13bn) from STX France. The Saint-Nazaire yard will build two firm ships for EUR 1.5bn. The first ship is due in the first half of 2017, with the second in the first half of 2019. The contracts will provide 16m working hours for the French shipbuilder. The order has been on the cards since February, with a vessel size of around 160,000 gt cited. Passenger capacity will be about 4,000 people.
In December 2014 the MSC shipping line ranked number 6 in Lloyd's List Top 100 Most Influential People in Shipping.
In January 2015 MSC launched the largest container ship, MSC Oscar, with a capacity of 19,224 TEU. Registered in Panama, MSC Oscar, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, joins the Albatross service in January at part of the 2M VSA with Maersk Line.
Accidents and incidents
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MSC Jessica, has been dismantled in the shipbreaking yard of Alang at Gujarat, India, in violation (?) of the European legislation and the Basel Convention. On 4 August 2009, six labourers died when a huge fire engulfed Jessica while being broken at plot number 24 that belongs to Uday Chaudhary.
MSC, as other shipping companies, do not take the responsibility of decontaminating the ships before sending them to be broken in the South Asian shipbreaking yards of India and Bangladesh. So doing, they save on costs and increase profits by shifting the costs to the labourers and the local environment. Local villagers, fishers, workers and environmentalists claim that shipping companies should assume their responsibilities, respecting labour and environmental law.
On 29 August 2009 the MSC Nikita collided with the Nirint Pride off the port of Rotterdam. The MSC Nikita was holed in the engine room and subsequently towed to Rotterdam. There were no casualties. After emergency repairs to her stern she was declared a constructive total loss.
The container ship MSC Chitra collided with another vessel MV Khalijia III on 8 August 2010 in Jawaharlal Nehru Port causing the spillage of approximately 300 containers into the port waters. Jawaharlal Nehru Port and the adjacent Mumbai Port were closed for several days until the containers could be cleared and no longer present any danger to shipping.
In 2006, MSC was levied a US$10 million fine, and placed on five years probation, after being found guilty in a "magic pipe" case involving MSC Elena in which more than 40 tons of sludge and oil-contaminated bilge waste was intentionally discharged over a five-month period in 2004.
The container ship MV Rena, owned by Costamare and chartered by MSC, ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef, near Tauranga, New Zealand On Wednesday, 5 October 2011, at 02.20am (Tuesday 4, 13.20 UTC) with a speed of 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph). MSC, being a charterer and not the owner or manager of the vessel, has denied that it was responsible for the navigation of the ship.
The container ship MSC Asya collided with an Australian registered yacht "Sylph VI" at about 4.30am on 19 April 2014 while in the strait between South Korea and Japan. Both were using their Automatic Identification Systems (yacht: passive). After speaking to the Asya on Marine VHF radio, the sailing yacht had "stood on" as required under relevant regulations, expecting the ship to alter course as discussed; however, this did not happen and, despite last minute manoeuvring by the yacht, a collision occurred. Afterwards, Sylph VI and Asya again talked by radio, but the ship proceeded without stopping despite a MAYDAY radio call and the firing of a flare from the yacht. The yacht made port at Fukuoka, Japan later in the day, where the damaged transom and demolished self-steering gear were assessed. In late June, deterioration of engine control wiring was also ascribed to the seawater that inundated the yacht during its encounter with Asya.
- Clemenceau disposal controversy
- Ship breaking
- Ship decommissioning
- Shipbreakers (film)
- Wrecking (shipwreck)
- Ship breaking yards
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