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EU approves CMA CGM and CIMC joint venture

Under the European Merger Regulation, the European Commission announced the approval of a newly-proposed joint venture between the French shipping company CMA CGM and China International Marine Containers Neocontainer Logistics Limited (CIMC Neocontainer), part of CIMC Group. 

Scrubber makers complete merger

In fact, two scrubber manufacturers backed by Frontline and Navig8 Group have completed a merger to create one of the world’s biggest suppliers of exhaust gas cleaning kits. Namely, Clean Marine has finalized the tie-up with FMSI, as planned earlier in October.

Prosafe-Floatel merger raises competition concerns

An in-depth Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) review has provisionally found that the proposed merger between Prosafe and Floatel raises competition concerns. According to the UK CMA, both companies supply semi-submersible offshore accommodation support vessels (semi-submersible ASVs) to oil and gas companies, which are consequently used to provide accommodation space for employees working offshore and are a key facility for some types of work in the North Sea.

EU launches full-scale investigation for DSME’s takeover

Several days ago, the European Commission has started a full-scale investigation to assess the proposed takeover of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) by the Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI). The investigation completed on 17 December while was carried out under the EU Merger Regulation.

$1.8 billion shipbuilding deal to face EU probe

Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings Co Ltd’s $1.8 billion merger with rival shipbuilder Daewoo is expected to face a full-scale investigation in Europe due to serious EU antitrust concerns. Reuters now reports that the European Commission will launch an investigation into the deal in the following days, after a preliminary review ends on Tuesday, December 17.

China approves merger of shipbuilding giants

Following contradictory statements, China announced Friday the merger of the country’s two state-owned shipbuilding giants, China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC) and China Shipbuilding Industry Co (CSIC), in a move expected to boost competitiveness of Chinese shipbuilding industry.

Clean Marine, FMSI plan to merge

Clean Marine AS and FMSI announced that they will merge. The combined entity, which will operate under the name Clean Marine, aims to better position Clean Marine to meet the needs of its customers and the increasing demand for EGCS.

Ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge examine possible merger

The Port of Antwerp, Europe’s second busiest port, and the Port of Zeebrugge have started discussions on a potential merger after almost two years of exploratory talks and a study regarding how the two ports could collaborate more. As the two ports said in a joint statement, the negotiations on the possible merger could last another two years.

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