MSC Group President, Founder Gianluigi Aponte Awarded Order of Merit for Labor

In a recognition ceremony at the official residence of Italian president Giorgio Napolitano, president and founder of MSC Group, Gianluigi Aponte, was awarded the Order of Merit for Labor (Ordine “Al Merito del Lavoro”) for his remarkable achievements in international shipping over the last 40 years.

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MSC Group today represents a global organization and market leader 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.


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

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Pictured from left to right: Italian minister of economic development  Flavio Zanonato, MSC group president and founder Gianluigi Aponte, Italian president Giorgio Napolitano and president of the National Federation of Knights of the Order of Labor Merit, Benito Benedini

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