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11 November 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 20:20 GMT+1



October 30, 2019

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Meyer Werft delivery the new cruise ship Norwegian Encore to the NCL

Brussels has started an investigation deepened on the proposal of acquisition of Chantiers de the Atlantique by Fincantieri

Today the German ship yard Meyer Werft has delivered to the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) the new cruise ship Norwegian Encore of 169.245 tons of tonnage. The unit is long 325 meters, wide 41,4 meters and can accommodate 3,889 passengers. Now the lascerà ship Bremerhaven in order to reach Southampton, where it will be introduced the public, in order then to be christened next 21 November to Miami.

While the EU commission has started a groundbreaking investigation in order to estimate the proposal of acquisition of the navalmeccanica company French Chantiers de the Atlantique by the Fincantieri Italian. "The question of cruise ships - Margrethe Vestager has commented, commissioner EU to the Competition - is in full expansion all over the world. Chantiers de the Atlantique and Fincantieri are two world leaders in this field. For this reason we will estimate carefully if the proposed operation can be harmful to the competition in the field to the detriment of the million European that every year they choose to pass vacations in cruise".

With the investigation the Commission intends to verify if, in a market already concentrated and with limitations of ability as that of the construction of cruise ships, the proposed operation can eliminate the important forces competitive represented from Chantiers de the Atlantique. To such purpose the EU commission has announced to have established in via preliminary matter that is not presumable emerging of new qualified constructors in due time to contrast the probable effects negatives of the operation, that an increase of the prices, a reduction of the choice could therefore reduce seriously the competition in this market determining and a brake to the innovation. Moreover, always according to a preliminary appraisal, Brussels it considers that the great customers would not have sufficient contractual power to contrast the eventual risk of increase of the prices deriving from the concentration operation.

The Commission now has time until on March 17, 2020 in order adopting a decision.

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