MSC Australia celebrated three decades of operations in Australia in style last Friday evening with an event on Sydney Harbour.

Company executives and staff were joined by customers and other industry figures to compare notes on MSC’s activities in the region stretching back to 1989. Back then, the company had six staff and offered a fortnightly container service to South Africa.

MSC Australia now provides customers with direct connections to all major overseas markets. It has expanded to more than 300 employees and vessel calls in seven major ports around Australia, operating seven weekly liner services.

“I congratulate the entire team of more than 300 staff on their achievements, and I know that their loyalty and excellent attention to their tasks has made all the difference,” Captain Michele Bordiga chairman of MSC Australia said.

“I am also very mindful of the contribution of our clients, who we thank for their custom and we assure them of our utmost respect and care at all times,” he said.


Captain Bordiga addressed those on board the celebratory cruise and the event also featured a tug boat salute and spectacular firework display in front of the Sydney Opera House.

“While this is a poignant time for the company, offering us the chance to look back at all that has been achieved over the last three decades… it remains vitally important that we continue to focus firmly on the future and maintain MSC’s continuous evolution,” managing director of MSC Australia & New Zealand Kevin Clarke, said.

He said growth will continue across all operations in Australia, particularly with regards to MSC Cargo, MSC Cruises and MEDLOG activities.

Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, since 1978, MSC is a privately-owned organisation driven by the Aponte family.