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Bundeskartellamt imposes fines on harbour towage service providers

Date of issue: 18.12.2017

Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines amounting to approx. 13 million euros on three harbour towage service providers

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The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines amounting to approx. 13 million euros on three harbour towage service providers.

The companies concerned are Fairplay Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Richard Borchard GmbH, Hamburg, Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungs GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, and Petersen & Alpers GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg. No fine was imposed on Unterweser Reederei GmbH, which had also participated in the cartel agreement and its subsidiary Lütgens & Reimers GmbH & Co. KG because they had reported the cartel to the Bundeskartellamt. For discretionary reasons no fine was imposed on Neue Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Louis Meyer GmbH & Co. KG, which has since exited the market. Investigations into another company are still ongoing.

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