Roll-on/Roll-off vessels deployed in services covered by the WWL/EUKOR/ARC/Glovis Cooperative Working Agreement (FMC No. 012309-001) will be permitted to engage in joint negotiation for the procurement of tug services at all U.S. ports beginning January 23, 2017.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) voted yesterday to allow the amendment to the existing agreement to come into force.

FMC: Ro/Ro Carriers Permitted to Use Limited Joint Procurement Authority

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"The parties to the WWL/EUKOR/ARC/Glovis Cooperative Working Agreement sought very limited new authority in terms of joint procurement," said Mario Cordero, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission. "Careful analysis of what was proposed yielded no concerns about potential anticompetitive behavior or adverse consequences to ports, or the American shipper. Ultimately, this amendment should increase efficiencies, benefiting our nation’s port gateways."

Parties to the agreement are: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics; EUKOR Car Carriers, Inc.; Hyundai Glovis Co., Ltd.; and American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier, LLC.

Source: FMC