Genoa – “It took 50 years, but now Gianluigi Aponte is about to reach the top. There Mediterranean Shipping Company of the Italian entrepreneur, which he founded half a century ago, is on the verge of becoming the largest in the world in container transport, surpassing AP Moller-Maersk“. Thus begins the article dedicated by the Financial Times to the announced and historic overtaking of Msc on the Danes of Maersk.
“After hiring one of its Danish rival’s top executives and allowing an outside manager to take on a CEO role for the first time, the family-owned group is looking to consolidate its position at the center of global procurement processes ”.
Soren Toft, who joined MSC as CEO in December after 25 years at Maersk, told the Financial Times: “It’s about using my experiences, my insights and my foresight and combining them with the great qualities of Msc. Our company is private, we have long-term goals ”.
MSC has purchased about sixty used ships since last August and 43 more new container ships are on the way. A number more than enough to score the sensational overtaking on the Danish competitor.