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Robert.Jervis_43227 Nov 20

MSC Mia named after MSC UK Managing Director's daughter

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Godmother of the MSC Mia at the naming ceremony with her family
MSC has announced that the most recent vessel in MSC's record-breaking global fleet of container ships has been formally named after MSC UK Managing Director Dan Everitt’s 15-year-old daughter, Mia.

Mia Everitt is the official godmother to MSC Mia, the eighth of the new Gülsün class of vessels to be added in 2019 to the global shipping network of MSC.

As a family-owned company, MSC names their ships after family members of employees around the world, truly reflecting the family values that MSC is renowned for.

“From the moment I realised this consideration had been passed to me, both my family and I were emotional and at the same time, excited,” explains Mia.

“My dad has worked for the company for 35 years and has a strong passion for MSC and the world of shipping, and without him, I would not have this magnificent and unique opportunity to be the godmother of such a beautiful ship,” she added.

Built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Geoje shipyard in South Korea, MSC Mia continues to set a new standard in container shipping, in particular in terms of environmental performance.

Able to carry 23,756 containers (TEU), MSC Mia has a record-size capacity for a container ship. At 400 metres long and more than 60 metres wide, she is about the size of four football pitches and longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall. In a single voyage, she can carry more than 47,500 cars, 38 million pairs of shoes, or 2.94 million washing machines.

Bigger ships such as the MSC Mia generally emit less CO2 per container carried, helping companies which move goods on MSC’s services between Asia and Europe to lower the carbon footprint of their supply chains.

Mia and her family attended the official naming ceremony in South Korea earlier this week. As the ship’s godmother, Mia named the ship by cutting a ribbon to smash a bottle of Champagne against the vessel's exterior – a well-known maritime tradition.

“It’s such a huge honour to have a ship named after my daughter and to experience this special and very proud moment with her was simply amazing,” explained Dan.

“MSC UK employs more than 650 people in the UK so for me, this is a genuine reflection of the hard work each and every employee puts into the company, and is the reason that we, the UK, have been chosen for this recognition by MSC owners, the Aponte family”.

This announcement comes two months after the company extended its UK head office at The Havens, Ipswich and just a month after it celebrated the first ever MSC container vessel naming ceremony to take place in the UK