Messina Line

Messina Line is the maritime shipping division of Ignazio Messina & C., one of Italy’s most historical shipping lines,[1] operating 21 ships in between owned and chartered, and a total fleet of 41,000 TEU containers.

Messina Line
HeadquartersGenoa, Italy

Company overview

Messina Line’s fleet mainly includes ConRO vessels, able to carry containers on weather deck, and roll-on/roll-off cargo under deck, loaded via quarter stern ramp.

The main services offered are intra Mediterranean,[2] and Europe to East, South and West Africa and Middle East, plus a number of further destinations reached via transhipment. The company also owns a Container Terminal inside the port of Genoa, Italy.

The company started trading in 1921 as "Giuseppe Messina Tabuso", a small shipping line specialising in the distribution of perishables, carried from Sicily to Northern Italy ports. Once the office was moved to Genoa, new trade lanes were opened, including towards Libya. In 1929 the company changed name to "Ignazio Messina & C.", and is awarded the carriage of some postal services on behalf of the Italian Post Office towards North Africa and Libya. From 1935 additional services are added, towards Red Sea, including Port Sudan, Saudi Arabia and East Africa, and later towards Algeria, Lebanon and West Africa.

After the Second War World, the fleet suffered a number of losses, but was slowly rebuilt and enlarged.[3]

In February 2017, Mediterranean Shipping Company purchased a 49% stake into Ignazio Messina & C., becoming the minority owner.[4] Since 2018 some cooperative activities in between the two companies have started, including vessel chartering.[5]

All Messina Line owned ships are called “Jolly” and include a colour spelled in Italian, in their names.

As of today, the company specializes in the maritime transport and distribution of shipping containers, automobiles, trucks, trailers, Mafi roll trailers, heavy construction machineries and further types of static and rolling freight.

Facts and accidents

In September 1987, mv Jolly Rubino is assaulted in Iran and several Crew members are injured, requiring intervention of the Italian Navy.[6]

In 1990, mv Jolly Rosso is investigated for toxic materials smuggling, after being found abandoned close to Cosenza shores.

In 2002, mv Jolly Rubino is lost at sea close to South Africa, due to a fire that broke out in the engine room.[7]

In May 2013, mv Jolly Nero while manoeuvring within Genoa port basin, lost control hitting and tiering down the Pilot Corporation tower, killing 9 people and injuring 4.[8]

See also


  1. "Grumpy Gianfranco Messina passed away in silence". Ship2Shore. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  2. "Messina Group announces new Italy-Tunisia line - Transport -". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  3. "Italy: Ignazio Messina Expands Fleet". World Maritime News. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  4. "MSC looks set to finalise stake in Ignazio Messina". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  5. "Messina charters two units to MSC". The Medi Telegraph. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  6. "Iraq vows revenge for Iranian attack on Baghdad - UPI Archives". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  7. "Last days of the Jolly Rubino | IOL News". Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  8. "Italy cargo ship crash: Nine people feared dead after collision with Genoa port control tower". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-01-18.
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