MSC unveils new Australasian headquarters

Container line’s new office is located within a heritage-listed building in Fremantle

MSC unveils new Australasian headquarters
MSC Australia and New Zealand MD Kevin Clarke.


Container shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has unveiled its new Australia and New Zealand headquarters located in a recently renovated heritage building in Fremantle.

MSC has been operating its Australasian business from Western Australia for the past 16 years.

The company says the time zone of WA enables effective communication between its international headquarters in Switzerland and its Australasian business.

MSC Australasia MD Kevin Clarke says the Fremantle headquarters offer a strategic gateway to MSC’s global network.

"MSC moves more than 700,000 twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) through Australian and New Zealand ports every year," Clarke says.

"We offer unparalleled local expertise and access to a truly global transport network, connecting local businesses to the world.

"MSC is investing in the Australian and New Zealand market and we are here for the long haul."

Clarke says the company has seen strong growth in its cargo import and export business during the past decade.

"A strong demand for consumer products as well as finished materials for the mining and building sectors have led to an increase in imports while export volumes have grown due to the high global demand for primary produce from Australia and New Zealand.

"The volume of goods imported into Western Australia via MSC’s cargo services has increased by 24.3 per cent in the past decade while exports have risen by 37.6 per cent, giving a total growth of 30.5 per cent. 

"Overall, imports into Australia and New Zealand have increased by 30.2 per cent while exports have grown by 39.3 per cent, giving a total growth of 34 per cent."

The company spent $14.5 million over four years to renovate the Cliff Street heritage building.

"In order to provide our 128 Perth-based staff with a high-quality working environment, we commissioned experienced heritage architect Murray Slavin to restore 11 Cliff Street and build a new 1082 sqm adjoining annexe," Clarke says.

"The 12-metre-wide glass fronted annexe faces on to Cliff Street and is a visually striking addition.

"It has been glazed with a series of ribs that reference the cues of the existing heritage buildings on either side."

Built 114 years ago, the building was designed by Western Australian architect Joseph Talbot Hobbs for export and import firm Dalgety & Co.

"MSC established itself in Australia 27 years ago and many of our customers have worked with us since those early years," Clarke says.

"We are delighted to have a large number of our long-term customers attending the gala opening of our new headquarters this evening, with representatives flying in from all corners of Australia and New Zealand."

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