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MSC Awarded 5 Star “DNV GL Excellence” for Ship Management

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a leader in global transportation, has received the highest certification for vessel management systems, safety, environment and efficiency. 

In earning the 5 Star DNV GL Excellence rating, MSC joins a select group of shipping lines which have been commended for their exceptional implementation of international standards. 

 “I would like to thank our ship management companies in Cyprus and Sorrento for their excellent work and congratulate them for this prestigious commendation. MSC’s modern, holistic approach to applying international standards on quality, safety and environmental compliance sets us apart as a responsible, sustainable business,” said Diego Aponte, President and CEO of MSC. 

The standards that DNV GL have given recognition to in MSC are set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the worldwide federation of national standards bodies. The ISO develops and publishes standards for a variety of industries with the aim of sharing knowledge, supporting innovation and providing solutions to global challenges. 

MSC has one of the most modern container shipping fleets, with 70% of vessels introduced in the past ten years. MSC introduced 40 new vessels in 2015-16 and has confirmed 11 orders for container ships of 22,000 TEU in 2017. 

MSC uses market-leading software and “big data” analytics to save money on compliant emissions reporting and has invested in a range of retrofitting solutions to reduce energy consumption and air emissions from its fleet. 

DNV GL commended MSC for its implementation of the UN International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) convention on ballast water management, which entered into force on 8 September 2017.  

DNV GL has also recognised MSC’s eco-friendly new vessel and equipment designs, by the GL Environmental Passport for Design (EP-D). The passport recognises not only current regulations but also the technical aspects of upcoming requirements. 

The 5 Star certification also covers MSC’s application of the IMO’s International Safety Management (ISM) Code and International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code. 

MSC’s ship management companies in Limassol, Cyprus, and Sorrento, Italy oversee a combined fleet of more than 400 ships, 14,000 crew and 400 shore-based staff.