MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., of Geneva, Switzerland is a privately owned shipping line, founded in 1970, which has rapidly grown from a small conventional ship operator to become one of the leading global shipping lines of the world. During recent years MSC's maritime fleet has expanded substantially to consolidate its position as the 2nd largest carrier in respect of container slot capacity and of the number of container vessels operated. Such spectacular growth has been achieved internally through organic growth rather than through acquisition or merger. MSC believes in the importance of operating as independent carriers, responding quickly to customer needs with prompt, effective and global solutions. With MSC, customers deal with a single, global and highly specialized company which is able to provide the necessary answers to all their particular transportation requirements.