Today, 20 years ago, at the port of Gioia Tauro, Calabria, South of Italy, the M/V CMB Concord docked.
The M/V CMB Concord was the first ship to call at the newly developed facilities at the Port of Gioia Tauro, now known as MCT, Medcenter Container Terminal.
It was the beginning of a long and not always easy adventure.
The port of Gioia Tauro, originally built in 1975, remained for 20 years forgotten until early 90’s when Contship’s Founder Angelo Ravano had the vision to transform it into a modern transshipment hub, forecasting accurately the demands of such large port facilities to successfully and efficiently operate the Ultra Large Containerships of 2015 and beyond.
The Memorandum of Understanding dated December 1993, signed by the Italian Government, Regione Calabria and Contship Italia, recorded the official start-up of the project.
In these 20 years, MCT has handled 52.5 million TEU and welcomed 47,120 ship calls.
MCT is today the largest private company in the area with:
- 1,300 employees,
- 860 million Euro contribution to the local economy with payroll and taxes, concession fees, all goods and services generated,
- 340 million Euro in cumulative investment as at end 2014.
Above mentioned figures represents twice as much as that invested by the Italian State in building the port infrastructure, estimated in 1,000 billion of old Italian Lira.
Contship Italia, since 1995 a shareholder of MCT, remains committed to develop the terminal further and improve its competitiveness responding to the needs of global shipping lines with their larger ships.
In marking this anniversary, please visit www.gioiatauro20years.com/en to view some of the details of the key milestones of MCT evolution.
Contship Italia takes the opportunity to thank the customers, institutions, employees and all those who supported the company during these 20 years.