MSC Founder Receives Seatrade Personality of the Year Award

first_imgSource = MSC Cruises The magnificent setting of London’s Guildhall was an appropriate venue for her royal highness, Princess Anne, to present MSC Group owner and president, Gianluigi Aponte, the Seatrade Personality 2011 Award for his outstanding achievements in international shipping..The award was presented at the 23rd Seatrade Awards before leading figures from the world’s maritime industry, a spectacular annual event celebrating the outstanding contributions to safety, efficiency and environmentally friendly shipping.Speaking at the awards, Seatrade chairman Chris Hayman said it was not often that a private ship owner would start a company from scratch and, without outside investment, was able to build it up into one of the leading forces in the shipping world.“It is even less so when that happens in not just one shipping sector but several,” he said.In acknowledging the special award, MSC Cruises’ managing director Australia and New Zealand, Lynne Clarke, said it came as a result of many years of hard toil and planning.“The recognition given to Mr Aponte is well deserved and unsurpassable,” she said from her Sydney office. “It’s a great moment, not only for the cruise line but for the management and staff which has seen the rise of a formidable family-oriented company.”Born in Sorrento, Italy, Gianluigi Aponte began his career as a captain in the family company, which operated a fleet of sailing boats on the Mediterranean.After a few years in banking, Mr Aponte set up the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in 1970 with the purchase of a single ship.Under his leadership, MSC has since grown to become the second-largest container ship operator in the world, employing more than 40,000 and operating a fleet of 441 cargo vessels serving 306 ports across five continents.Mr Aponte has overseen similar growth in the group’s cruise business since its modest entry into the industry in 1988. MSC Cruises is now the world’s fourth-largest cruise company, boasting an ultra-modern fleet of 11 cruises ships and market-leading positions in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil.Despite its spectacular growth over the past 40 years, MSC remains a family-owned business, and its founder remains dedicated to the company and to his family. Mr Aponti receiving prize from Princess Anne HRHlast_img