MSC acquires the plant for 1 euro and undertakes to re-employ the 300 employees and make new hires
Genoa – Dramatic twist for the Wärtsilä factory Bagnoli della Rosandra (Trieste) which the Finnish multinational has decided to close. The shipping and logistics group MSC will take over the plant Gianluigi Aponte.
This was revealed by the Campania shipowner himself on the sidelines of the meeting held today in Genoa, at Palazzo San Giorgiowith the president of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Totithe Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Edoardo RixiMayor, Marco Buccithe admiral Piero Pellizzarimaritime director of Liguria and commander of the port of Genoa, the president of Genoa airport, Alfonso Lavarelloand the commissioner of the Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea, Paolo Piacenza.
According to what appears to Shipmag, MSC will take over the plant from Wärtsilä which will be converted to the production of railway wagons. 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 Wärtsilä site in Trieste and to further increase employment.
During his Genoese blitz, the shipowner with headquarters in Geneva, has confirmed his group’s interest in continuing to invest in Ligurian ports, both in goods and cruisesand reiterated the desire to participate in the privatization of Cristoforo Colombo airport.