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MSC Zoe was regarded as the first freighter

The cargo ship MSC Zoe is the Pride of a shipping company-a family that is as successful as it is considered to be discreet. The 395-metre-long Container carrier was baptized in February 2015 in the port of Hamburg on the name of the then four-year-old Grand child of the founder. As the world's largest and the first container ship, the MSC stabbed Zoe in the lake. Now, the ship is since the days in the headlines, because it's on 2. January caught in the North sea in a storm. This 281 containers fell into the sea, including two containers with hazardous cargo, authorities in the Netherlands and in Germany.

The accident puts a Swiss global group in the point of view of the little white. To the Public, the Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company is most likely because of the sister company: MSC Cruises, with around 15 ships, according to company information, the largest cruise company in the world third. To the companies, the MSC Meraviglia is part of, for example, a "floating city" with space for 5700 passengers and 1600 crew members.

The MSC-group, with the areas of freight transport, and cruise around the world in over 150 countries. The group has 70'000 employees, of which 47,000 work for the shipping company. In Switzerland, the MSC counts against 1500 employees, most of whom are at headquarters in Geneva, other employees of the company in Basel.

From the sailor to the multiple billionaire

MSC was Founded by the Italian Gianluigi Aponte. Trained as a sailor and later captain of a cruise ship learned while working in a Swiss banker's daughter. The two fell in love and got married. Aponte went into the Bank of his father-in-law. "There, I have a well-learned client and, together, we, in 1970, founded the container company, initially with a single ship," said the 78-Year-old a few years ago in one of his rare Interviews to the French newspaper "Le Monde".

the entry into The cruise business was rather random, because the step is due to an event that caused a stir worldwide and its Name is, still today, many people have heard of: Achille Lauro. So the cruise ship was called with 1030 people on Board, the Palestinian terrorists in October 1985 in the Mediterranean, kidnapped. The terrorists demanded the release of prisoners who were imprisoned in Israel. The hostage-takers killed a US citizen, but after a few days. The incident brought the cruise to the edge of Ruin. Aponte bought in 1987, his friend Achille Lauro, whose company. Quickly MSC builds on the area since then, and invested in ever larger ships. More than two million holiday-makers transported to the seas, MSC Cruises annually on the world. According to company information, the fleet is to be doubled in the next ten years, on 29 cruise ships almost.

The MSC group is also five decades after the founding festival is a family business. Diego Aponte, son of the company founder, manages the operations and is the President of the Board of Directors, in which the Patron sits. His son, pier Francesco Vago-in-law, the cruise business leads. The magazine "balance sheet" lists the family of Aponte with an estimated fortune of 9.5 billion Swiss francs on place 15 of the richest Swiss.

MSC founder Gianluigi Aponte. Photo: Reuters

The accident of the MSC Zoe, the family has not commented so far in the Public. From the Geneva headquarters, there were three short-held media releases. Is the company insured, to pay all costs for the cleaning of the coasts. At the same time the MSC requires that you apply for the search of the lost containers, "until the last has been found".

as professionals in puzzles, as in it could to the Container accident. One theory is that the carriers have provided false weight information to their charges. "We stand with the investigations," informed the German authorities.

on the way was Zoe, the MSC, the space for around 19'000 of containers, from Antwerp, Belgium in the direction of Bremerhaven. Several ships since the disaster in the German-Dutch border area to recover. With sonar technology has 220 containers on the sea floor locations. The search in the North sea was interrupted last night due to new storms. In the days before the sea has washed some of the containers and their contents on Land. In front of the Dutch Wadden sea Islands, but also on the coast of the East Frisian island of Borkum, helpers, children collected toys, flat screens or Velozubehör. Also, two fishermen found at sea cargoes from the containers.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.01.2019, 23:36 Uhr

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