The CNC has fined six shipping groups over €88.5 million for having operated a cartel in the maritime transport market between the Spanish Peninsula and Morocco between 2002 and 2010
In its Resolution of 7 November 2012, the CNC Council considered it proven—on the basis of the documentation collected during the inspections as well as the statements from the leniency applicants—that the defendant shipping companies took part in several meetings and exchanged information, reaching agreements on the establishment of prices, fees, commercial conditions and timetables for the passenger and cargo maritime transport lines linking the Spanish Peninsula and Morocco
The Council of the CNC decided to impose the following fines:
• €2,223,464 on BALEARIA EUROLÍNEAS MARÍTIMAS, SA, and EUROMAROC 2000, SL.
• €25,516,377 on COMPAÑÍA TRASMEDITERRÁNEA, SA and EUROPA FERRYS, SA.
• €11,106,809 on FÖRDE REEDEREI SEETOURISTIK IBERIA, SL and FÖRDE REEDEREI SEETOURISTIK MAROC, SARL.
• €8,153,453 on INTERNATIONAL MARITIME TRANSPORT CORPORATION, SA (IMTC).
• €27,753,647 on COMPAGNIE MARITIME MAROCCO-NORVEGIÈNNE, SA (COMARIT, SA), LÍNEAS MARÍTIMAS EUROPEAS, SA and COMANAV FERRY, SA, the last of which is jointly and severally liable up to €10,708,564.
• €13,834,519 on CMA-CGM, SA, COMANAV, SA, and COMANAV FERRY, SA, the last of which is jointly and severally liable up to €2,905,401.
Under the leniency program, as a result of having provided information with significant added value for the purposes of proving the existence of the cartel, the CNC Council reduced the fine that would have been imposed on Balearia Eurolíneas Marítimas SA and its subsidiary Euromaroc 2000 SL by 40%, entailing a fine of €1,334,079.