EU green lights ONE container JV, members expect SA to follow suit

The European Union’s competition watchdog has approved the creation of a joint venture between Japan’s “Big 3” shipping companies, NYK Line, MOL and "K" Line, which Drewry said will be the world’s sixth largest container carrier in the world.

EU green lights ONE container JV, members expect SA to follow suit

The European Union’s competition watchdog has approved the creation of a joint venture between Japan’s “Big 3” shipping companies, NYK Line, MOL and "K" Line, which Drewry said will be the world’s sixth largest container carrier in the world.

EU green lights ONE container JV, members expect SA to follow suit

The European Union’s competition watchdog has approved the creation of a joint venture between Japan’s “Big 3” shipping companies, NYK Line, MOL and "K" Line, which Drewry said will be the world’s sixth largest container carrier in the world.

 

   The European Commission last week has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture between Japanese shipping companies Nippon Kabushiki Kaisha Ltd. (NYK Line), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (“K” Line).
    The joint venture, dubbed the Ocean Network Express (ONE), will integrate the companies’ global container liner shipping activities and container terminal businesses, excluding their terminals in Japan.
    The commission said it “concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the limited impact of the transaction on the routes to and from Europe and the fact that there would be sufficient competitive pressure from other competitors post transaction.”
    The EC’s decision came in the wake of the Competition Commission of South Africa prohibiting the merger a week prior, claiming it would encourage anti-competitive behavior in the liner markets and the car carrier sector.

   However, the carriers said in a joint statement Monday that despite their merger being rejected by South African competition commission, they still expect the country to approve the alliance within a matter of months.
    The three ONE Alliance members said the new company to be established has received all necessary approvals for compliance with local competition laws in regions and countries where compliance is required for the new company’s establishment, and that progress was being made toward finishing the process of establishing the new integrated container shipping business.
    NYK, MOL and "K" Line said the new company expects to complete the approval process for compliance with South African competition law sometime prior to the projected service commencement date of April 1, 2018, adding that the rejection by South Africa’s competition commission did nothing to halt the alliance’s momentum. The South Africa market accounts for just four percent of the ONE Alliance member companies’ total globally deployed capacity, according to industry analyst Alphaliner.
    “Overall, there is no impact on the three companies’ integration plans for the new container shipping business, and the service commencement date for the new company is likewise unchanged from April 1, 2018,” the member carriers said in their joint statement.
    If and when it commences operations, ONE would be the sixth largest container carrier in the world, according to London-based shipping research and consulting firm Drewry.
   According to ocean carrier schedule and capacity database BlueWater Reporting’s Carrier Ranking Report, NYK is the ninth largest carrier in the world with an operating fleet capacity of 595,856 TEUs, while MOL comes in at 11th place with 542,415 TEUs and “K” Line takes 14th place at 353,794 TEUs.
    The joint venture plans to establish a holding company in Tokyo, the global headquarters in Singapore, and regional offices in Hong Kong; London; Richmond, Va.; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    NYK will be the largest shareholder with 38 percent, while MOL and “K” Line will each hold a 31 percent share.

One must wonder who the Trump administration is trying to punish with its growing enthusiasm for tariffs. The tariffs are offsetting much of the savings from tax cuts, and if this continues there could be tough months ahead.

The Port of Zeebrugge is called by 12 liner services that also sail to regions outside North Europe, according to BlueWater Reporting’s Port Dashboard tool.

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on Jul 02, 2017AmericanShipper.com