Gianluigi Aponte’s MSC shipping and logistics group is bidding to take over the Wartsila plant in Bagnoli della Rosandra (Trieste) which the Finnish multinational has decided to close. According to the specialized website ‘Shipmag’, this was revealed by the Campania shipowner himself on the sidelines of the meeting held today in Genoa, at Palazzo San Giorgio, with the president of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Toti, the deputy minister of Infrastructure, Edoardo Rixi , the mayor, Marco Bucci, Admiral Piero Pellizzari, maritime director of Liguria and commander of the port of Genoa, the president of Genoa airport, Alfonso Lavarello, and the commissioner of the Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea, Paolo Piacenza.
”There is an agreement”, Aponte himself told “Secolo XIX”, explaining that the plant “will build railway wagons for goods”. As Shipmag reconstructs, the group led by Aponte controls, among its activities, Medway, a railway company present in Italy and several European countries, while with MedLog it is a leader in logistics. Furthermore, MSC has just acquired 51% of Italo, the second Italian high-speed rail operator, intending to also develop freight transport. Being able to build its own rail wagons for containers would further strengthen its competitive capacity. Aponte has committed to rehiring all 300 employees of the Wartsila site in Trieste and to further increase employment.