Today in Rome, at the official residence of the Italian President, the Palace of Quirinale, the President and Founder of the MSC group Gianluigi Aponte was awarded the Order of Merit for Labor (Ordine “Al Merito del Lavoro”)  by Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, for his remarkable achievements in international shipping over the last 40 years.

The MSC group today represents a global empire that dominates in not just one shipping sector but several, representing the second-largest container carrier in the world -  employing about 50,000 people and operating a fleet of 460 cargo vessels that serves 200 ports across five continents – and the world’s largest privately owned cruise company, MSC Cruises.

MSC is still a family-owned business and its founder remains dedicated to the company and to his family.