Although Gruppo Messina has been established in 2013, its shipping company Ignazio Messina & C. has supplies regular line services that connect the Mediterranean to Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent since 1921.
The owned fleet consists of 8 new ro/ro container vessels, characterized by advanced technologies, and are equipped with the most innovative anti-pollution systems. These ships are the result of Italian excellence, as they have been entirely designed by the Company engineering specialists and they fly the Italian flag. Today Ignazio Messina & C. reaches over 50 ports and supplies 40 different countries, thanks to several commercial representative offices and controlled agencies in Italy, Europe, Africa and in the Middle East.
In 1996, in conjunction with the rise of private terminal operators, the Messina family moved back to Genoa (from La Spezia) as terminal operator. In 2016, Terminal Messina was renamed “IMT – Intermodal Marine Terminal” and opened its terminal services to third parties, in order to accomplish a substantial company reorganization and to enhance business strategies. Today, the port area IMT directly manages is about 253,000 square meters and it will become 316,000 sq. m. as soon as the works to fill up the water space between Molo Ronco e Molo Canepa will be completed.
IMTerminal guarantees the reception, the stowage, the loading and the discharging of all types of cargos, 24/24h and 365 days a year.
Messina Group has created a solid and integrated logistics organization of both rail and road haulage, its Italian inland terminals are directly connected with the main hub in Genoa and they guarantee connections with several European destinations.
Gruppo Messina employs over 1,000 people worldwide, proving an extraordinary international vocation, even if it still operates with a strong rootedness and attachment to the area of Genoa.
Over the last years, despite the global economic crisis had strongly struck all the shipping industry, Gruppo Messina had focused its business plan on a development strategy which included a huge investment to renovate its owned fleet and the opening of its terminal services to third parties.
All of this as an authentic demonstration of a strong, remarkable courage and full commitment to shipping industry, the core business of the Group.