Tasmanian State Government - proposed amalgamation of Hobart Ports Corporation, Port of Launceston Pty Ltd, Burnie Port Corporation Pty Ltd & Port of Devonport Corporation Pty Ltd.

Summary

The Tasmanian Government approached the Commission regarding its proposal to amalgamate Hobart Ports Company Pty Ltd, Port of Launceston Pty Ltd, Burnie Port Corporation Pty Ltd and Port of Devonport Corporations Pty Ltd into a single entity.

Market definition

The Commission considered the relevant market in this matter to be the Tasmanian market for port-related services.

Competition analysis

The Commission found that no substantial lessening of competition would arise from the amalgamation. The Tasmanian Government is seeking to rearrange the corporate structure of the port corporations. The Commission has made market inquiries and found that this is unlikley to lead to change in the competitive environment of the Tasmanian ports system.

Merger type

Horizontal

Initiation

Parties