Gianfranco Messina dies aged 82

Italy has lost one of its most appreciated and active, yet low profile, shipowners Gianfranco Messina who died early this morning in Genoa.

Messina had been involved in the family-owned Ignazio Messina & C. shipping company with the role of chairman since the 1960s, and while in the last decade he retired he still remained at the helm of the group supervising mainly technical matters of the business.

He was the son of Giuseppe Messina and father of Ignazio and Massimo, the new generation currently leading the company together with the cousins Andrea Gais, Stefano and Emanuele Messina. 

On the professional side, Messina will be remembered for some epic battles against public-company Finmare and some other competitors active on the same Europe-Africa routes operated by Messina.


Nicola Capuzzo

Nicola is a highly qualified journalist focused on transport economics, logistics and shipping with broad experience in both online and printed media. Specialties: shipping, ship finance, banking, commodities and port economics. He regularly interviews Europe's top shipowner executives for Maritime CEO magazine.
Back to top button