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The MSC Group

Moving the world, together

Ours is a business built on a genuine passion for the sea and an unfaltering commitment to people and communities.

Captain Gianluigi Aponte MSC Group Chairman

From a one-vessel operation to a globally respected business

The story of the MSC Group began in Brussels in 1970, when captain Gianluigi Aponte founded the company with just a small cargo ship: the MV Patricia. The business has since grown and diversified to include a highly successful cruise line and passenger ferry services, as well as leading inland and port terminal infrastructure. Headquartered in Geneva, the Group remains privately owned and focused on caring for customers, employees and the environment.

Our Companies

Cargo Division
MSC Mediterranean 
Shipping Company

A word leader in container shipping. MSC's transport and logistics solutions connects communities, customers and international business partners all over the world. With a special focus on building strong, long term partnership with customers of all sizes, our network includes more than 500 offices. The result a global service with a local touch.

  • 730
  • 260+
  • 520
    ports of call
  • 155
  • 675
  • 150K
    MSC Group employees
  • 23
    million TEU
    carried annually



A leading terminal operator. Founded in 2000, TiL (Terminal Investments Limited) invests in, develops and actively manages container terminals around the world, often in joint ventures with other major terminal operators. It has grown rapidly to become one of the largest and most geographically diverse terminal businesses globally, with material ownership interests in 40 operating terminals and one development terminal in 27 countries on five continents.


A one-stop shop for global supply chain operations.
Founded in 1988, MEDLOG is an independent logistics operator and a specialist in multimodal transportation (road, rail, barge and ocean services). Driven by our mission to deliver cost-effective, integrated and sustainable point-to-point solutions for customers, we continue to invest in assets, infrastructure and technology around the world.

Passenger Division
MSC Cruises

The world's third largest cruise line.
MSC Cruises is the world's third-largest cruise line, and the leading brand in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa. We are also the fastest-growing global cruise brand with a strong presence in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets


Mediterranean coastal navigation, cargo and passenger transport.
GNV (Grandi Navi Veloci) is one of the leading European shipping companies operating in the fields of coastal navigation, cargo and passenger transport in the Mediterranean Sea. Established in 1992, the Company operates on international routes and national routes between Italy (including Sardinia and Sicily), Albania, France, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia.


Ferry services from Italy to Sicily, Croatia and beyond.
SNAV (Società Navigazione Alta Velocità) owns a fleet of high-speed modern vessels, including hydrofoils and catamarans. Committed to the highest standards of safety and customer care, the company's ferry services connect mainland Italy to Sicilia, Croatia and other popular destinations.

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