In terms of regulation 5(4) of the Control of Concentrations Regulations, 2002 published in Legal Notice 294 of 2002, the Director General of the Office for Competition notifies for general information that a notification of a concentration between SAS Shipping Agencies Services S.a.r.l. (Luxembourg) and Rimorchiatori Mediterranei S.p.A. (Genoa, Italy) was filed on Monday, 21 November 2022.
The nature of the concentration is an acquisition of Rimorchiatori Mediterranei S.p.A. by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, through its wholly owned subsidiary SAS Shipping Agencies Services S.a.r.l.
The MSC Group provides worldwide container liner shipping services and ancillary services combining shipping, with rail, river and road transport, as well as terminal services. The MSC Group, through MSC Cruises, Grandi Navi Veloci and SNAV is also involved in the cruises and ferry industries. The group offers limited towage services in the ports of Sines (Portugal), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Gioia Tauro (Italy). MSC Cruises, together with Palumbo Group S.p.A., jointly controls Palumbo Shipyard Ltd, which manages and operates ship repair and maintenance yard facilities in the Grand Harbour. Rimorchiatori Mediterranei S.p.A. offers harbour towage services both in Malta and abroad, and, marginally, off-port services, as well as emergency services, such as salvage, fire-fighting and anti-pollution services. Through its subsidiary, Tug Malta Limited, it currently holds a harbour towage services concession in Malta for the ports of Marsaxlokk and Grand Harbour (including Palumbo Shipyard).
The Director General of the Office for Competition invites interested third parties to submit their written objections on this notified concentration within seven days following publication of this notice at the following address: