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April 5, 2011

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In recognition Gianluigi Aponte "Seatrade Personality of the Year 2011"

The award was presented by Princess Anne in London yesterday, the United Kingdom

Yesterday at London's Guildhall in the historic building, Princess Anne of the United Kingdom presented the award "Seatrade Personality of the Year 2011" Gianluigi Aponte, owner and president of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), for the successes achieved in the international maritime transport in the last forty years'. The award was presented during the 23rd "Seatrade Awards Ceremony Dinner" in the presence of 350 leading figures from the maritime sector.

Born in Sorrento, Aponte began his career as a captain in the family business, a company that operates a fleet of sailboats in the Mediterranean. After several years in banking, Aponte in 1970 founded the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) with the purchase of a ship.Under his leadership, MSC has grown to become the second largest container ships in the world, today employing more than 40,000 people on a fleet of 441 cargo ships, operating on 306 ports around the world. Aponte also determined the rise of the cruise industry in 1988 with the creation of MSC Cruises, today became the fourth-largest cruise line in the world and leader in the Mediterranean, South Africa and Brazil. In May 2012 will be launched the new flagship MSC Divine, which will bring the company's cruise fleet to 12 ships and will reach the same year a capacity of 1.5 million passengers.
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