MSC boss Aponte defends box fleet growth

shamrock
14th July 2009, 12:39
MEDITERRANEAN Shipping Company may have expanded its fleet through the downturn, but Gianluigi Aponte insists he has no designs on the number one spot, nor does he view the market’s troubles as a buying opportunity.

Interviewed in Barcelona, where he was hosting the naming ceremony for his latest cruiseship, MSC Splendida, Mr Aponte described the growth of the group’s box fleet as a necessary response to an extraordinary crisis.

“The MSC Fleet has grown 10%-12% since the beginning of the year. We have no vessels in lay-up, though we would have if we hadn’t also scrapped 20-25 ships so far this year,” Mr Aponte said.

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jasmacpm
14th July 2009, 19:27
“The MSC Fleet has grown 10%-12% since the beginning of the year. We have no vessels in lay-up, though we would have if we hadn’t also scrapped 20-25 ships so far this year,” Mr Aponte said.

What a claim! No vessels in lay up - scrapped 20-25 ships, mind you. Wonder what great claim will come out next year?