MSC Awarded 5 Star “DNV GL Excellence”


MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, a leader in global transportation, has received the highest certification for vessel management systems, safety, environment and efficiency.

In earning the 5 Star DNV GL Excellence rating, MSC joins a select group of shipping lines which have been commended for their exceptional implementation of international standards.

DNV GL, a global quality assurance and risk management company, has in particular recognised MSC’s compliance with the following state-of-theart standards:

  • ISO 9001 (2008): Quality Management
  • ISO 14001 (2004): Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 50001 (2011): Energy Management Systems

These are set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the worldwide federation of national standards bodies. The ISO develops and publishes standards for a variety of industries with the aim of sharing knowledge, supporting innovation and providing solutions to global challenges. MSC has one of the most modern container shipping fleets, with 70 percent of vessels introduced in the past 10 years. MSC introduced 40 new vessels in 2015-16 and has confirmed 11 orders for container ships of 22,000 TEU in 2017.

MSC uses market-leading software and “big data” analytics to save money on compliant emissions reporting and has invested in a range of retrofitting solutions to reduce energy consumption and air emissions from its fleet.

DNV GL commended MSC for its implementation of the UN International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) convention on ballast water management, which entered into force on 8 September 2017.

DNV GL has also recognised MSC’s eco-friendly new vessel and equipment designs, in accordance with the GL Environmental Passport for Design (EP-D). The passport recognizes not only current regulations, but also the technical aspects of upcoming requirements.

The 5 Star certification also covers MSC’s application of the IMO’s International Safety Management (ISM) Code and International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code. MSC’s ship management companies in Limassol, Cyprus, and Sorrento, Italy oversee a combined fleet of more than 325 ships, 14,000 crew and 400 shore-based staff.