MSC Group

A shipping conglomerate

Today the Group employs more than 70,000 people across the globe.

Headquartered in Geneva and privately-owned, the MSC Group is a global business engaged in the transport and logistics sector. The Group encompasses a Cargo Division, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a Terminal Division, Terminal Investment Limited (Til), a Logistic Division (MEDLOG), a Passenger Division led by MSC Cruises and complemented by Mediterranean passenger ferries with Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) and SNAV and a charity division with the MSC Foundation for the sea protection.

The MSC Group was founded in 1970 by Captain Gianluigi Aponte starting the Company with one small conventional ship, the MV Patricia. As containerisation took place and the globalisation of the world economic evolved, MSC grew to became a leader in container shipping.

Alongside the success of the Cargo Division, the Aponte family sought to diversify the Group into cruises, launching a highly successful cruise company, passenger ferries and terminal investments.

MSC Foundation supporting the fight against COVID-19

MSC Foundation supporting the fight against COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 outbreak, and following last February's aid to China, the MSC Foundation continues to offer emergency support around the world with the donation of 120,000 medical masks and over 46 tons of perishable goods to China, Italy, Switzerland, France,...

GNV ferry becomes a floating hospital in Genoa

GNV ferry becomes a floating hospital in Genoa

Starting from today the ferry Splendid, owned by GNV, MSC Group's Italian ferry brand, is able to enter in service as a modern and equipped floating hospital anchored in the port of Genoa, capable of welcoming patients and offering essential services and interventions...

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MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is a global business engaged in the shipping and logistics sector. Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Geneva since 1978, MSC is a privately-owned organisation driven by the Aponte family. A world leader in container shipping, MSC has evolved from a one vessel operation into a globally-respected business.

MSC actually calls at 500 ports on 200 trade routes, carrying some 21 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually with a fleet of 520 ships, a network of 493 offices and 47,000 staff.


Terminal Division

Terminal Investment Limited (Til) invests in, develops and manages container terminals around the world. It was founded in 2000 to secure berths and terminal capacity in the major ports used by MSC.

Since then, Til has grown to become one of the largest and most geographically diverse container terminal operators globally, with material equity interests in 36 operating terminals and 1 development terminal and options to purchase interests in two further development terminals.


Logistic Division

MEDLOG is the logistics arm of MSC Group offering a one-stop shop for global inland solutions supporting the ever-growing customer base.

As one of the world’s geographically widest logistics and supply chain provider, MEDLOG invests inland logistics platforms, warehouses, trucks, locomotives, barges, all strategically located, facilitating logistics efficiency for the benefit of customers. With a presence in over 60 countries and over 10M TEU handled, MEDLOG offers door-to-door tailored services.


Cruise Division

MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and southern Africa. The Company has achieved 800% growth in its first ten years, biulding a globar reputation in the industry and one of the youngest fleet at sea.

To date, MSC Cruises has designed seven new ship classes, all prototypes that push the boundaries of marine architecture and design. The cruise line welcomes on board more than 2 million guests during a year from 170 different nations.


Ferry Division

Grandi Navi Veloci is one of the leading Italian shipping companies operating in the fields of coastal navigation and passenger transport in the Mediterranean Sea. The company was founded in 1992 and the first ship, the M/n Majestic, was launched in 1993.

With 15 vessel, GNV operates shipping connections to Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, France and Albania. As well as passenger services, the Grandi Navi Veloci fleet is committed to the development of Motorways of the Sea routes.


Fast Ferry Division

Società Navigazione Alta Velocità (SNAV) is an italian fast ferry operator which link Naples to the islands of its Gulf all year round, every day, with the frequency and precision of metropolitan transport.

They also link Ancona to Split reaching the most beautiful coasts and cities of Croatia, and Naples to the marvellous Aeolian islands from May to September. The Company includes a number of hydrofoils, catamarans and high-speed vessels.


Charity Division

The MSC Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation with the aim of protecting, transmitting and developing the values of the MSC Group through social responsibility initiatives.

The Foundation plans and realizes actions to promote environment, especially marine, social and health care, research and education, art and culture, for the protection of the most vulnerable populations. It also helps to orient and integrate the commitment of the MSC Group into the constant development and sustainability of its business.


Luxury Division

At the end of 2018 MSC Group signed with Fincantieri a memorandum of agreement to build a brand-new ultra-luxury class of four small cruise ships for a total value in excess of 2 billion euro. MSC Executive President Pierfrancesco Vago said that they will operate under a new brand with its own senior management team. 

The new brand name, as well as the logo, are still under discussion with family members. The first ship will enter in service in 2023 ollowed by a vessel each year for the following three years.