MSC shipping to build German headquarters in HafenCity

24 January 2024
Mediterranean Shipping Company continues to expand in Germany

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has opted to base its German headquarters on a building site 73 on Ericusgraben in HafenCity. The site offers 13,000 square metres of office space and at least 800 square metres of a publicly accessible area. The company is also considering a rooftop terrace with views of HafenCity and Speicherstadt, a restaurant and a showroom. Construction is due to start in 2026.

"We want to significantly expand our business in Hamburg with 500 to 700 employees at the site in future, and in Germany as a whole," said Nils Kahn, Managing Director of MSC Germany. The Port of Hamburg has always been important to the shipping company as one of its home ports. The new headquarters is a crucial part of its vision for Hamburg, Kahn added. The many companies in the maritime logistics, media and retail sectors in HafenCity also prompted its choice of location. MSC's large-scale headquarters will allow the company to expand its network and Hamburg's strategic importance for the maritime industry.

Current MSC branch in Speicherstadt

MSC is owned by the Gianluigi Aponte family in Italy and has headquarters in Switzerland. In 2022, the company set up shop in the Speicherstadt. Last December, MSC and the City of Hamburg secured a 92 per cent stake in Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) to advance the strategic development of HHLA and the entire Port of Hamburg. The transaction is subject to the pending approval of the Hamburg City Parliament and supervisory authorities. A decision is expected in the course of 2024.


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