Dutch authorities investigating bunkering price-fixing

The Dutch competition watchdog is investigating claims of a bunkering price-fixing cartel at ports in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Following a tip-off from the police the watchdog has visited dozens of bunkering-related companies at the ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Amsterdam in recent weeks.

The same Dutch body has also investigated price fixing among tugboat operators in Rotterdam in recent years.

No names have yet emerged from the investigation, which is still in its initial stages.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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