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Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

Industry: 
Shipping
Value of USG Contracts: 
18
Country: 
Switzerland
Contact Information: 
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"Swiss-based shipping company MSC has signed an MoU with the Iran Ports and Maritime Organisation (IPMO) to increase port calls at Bandar Abbas, Chabahar and Bandar Imam. The agreement also involves MSC vessels, which returned to Iran in January after six years, carrying shipments to Iran from international ports, and effectively opens up Iranian investment opportunities to Swiss shipping firms. It was agreed during a three-day visit by Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann at the end of February." (Global Trade Review, "Iran's latest MoUs: shipping, power and export finance." 3/8/2016).

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"The world's second biggest container shipping line, MSC, has become the latest firm to resume direct services to Iran… Privately owned Swiss-based MSC said its first ship arrived at Iran's major container port Bandar Abbas on Dec. 31 as part of weekly calls, 'paving the way' for deeper business ties. MSC had suspended services between 2012 to April 2014 and after that only provided shipments using smaller feeder ships via third parties that shipped containers to Iran from Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates." (Reuters, “Container shipping lines returning to Iran tread cautiously,” 1/7/2016)

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Operates as a liner & feeder in Iranian ports.  (Ports and Maritime Organization: Shipping Lines which operating in Iranian Ports)

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"Wasting little time to capitalise on the lifting of sanctions against Iran, Diego Aponte, the ceo of Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC), was in Tehran yesterday to hold talks with his counterpart at Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), Mohammad Hossein Dajmar. IRISL is gearing up to return to the international trades following Tuesday’s announcement in Vienna to lift sanctions against it and other Iranian organisations. According to local reports in Iran, Aponte said he was keen to cooperate with IRISL." (Splash, "Diego Aponte in Tehran looking at post-sanctions opportunities," 7/16/15 )

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Uses Tidewater Middle East Co.’s private terminals in the Shahid Rajaee Port Complex. (Tidewater: Reflection of Tomorrow)

On June 23, 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Tidewater Middle East Co. (“Tidewater”), Iran’s major port operator, because the IRGC owns it and uses it for illicit activities including weapons shipments. (U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Center, “Treasury Sanctions Major Iranian Commercial Entities,” 6/23/11)  The EU followed with its own sanctions against Tidewater on January 23, 2012. (Official Journal or the European Union: Council Decision 2012/35/CFSP)

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Listed by the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization as doing business with the Iranian Forogh Darya.  (Ports & Maritime Organization: Companies Affairs Department: Liners)

 

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MSC lists two agency offices in Iran in the cities of Tehran and Bandar Abbas. (Company Website)

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In the Persian 1384 (2005/2006), the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran awarded MSC's Agents in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sea Glow Shipping Agency LLC, the prestigious "Best Shipping Agency Company." In a statement, MSC said, "It is a matter of pride that the Sea Glow Shipping Agency LLC team in Iran have been able to get this prestigious award for the first full Persian year since we started commercial operations as agents for MSC in May 2004." ("Prestigious Award for MSC Agent in Iran," 8/22/06)