BRUSSELS, June 3 European Union antitrust
regulators have not found any anti-competitive impact relating
to an alliance of world No. 1 container shipping company AP
Moller-Maersk with two of its peers, the European
Commission said on Tuesday.
"At this stage, the Commission does not intend to open
proceedings in relation to P3 or G6," said Antoine Colombani,
Commission spokesman for competition policy, referring to two
shipping alliances, one of which was formed by Maersk.
"The Commission will follow market developments and will
remain vigilant as regards any risks for competition that may
arise from the implementation of P3 or G6. The Commission will
consider intervening if necessary," he said.
Maersk unveiled the proposed tie-up with Switzerland-based
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and France's CMA CGM
in March -- called the P3.
The P3 alliance agreed to pool about 250 ships which will
operate on three trade routes: Asia-Europe, trans-Pacific and
The G6 is made up of German peer Hapag-Lloyd, APL,
Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon
Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee)