Marine Construction and Transportation
|Marine Construction and Transportation|
|Overall Cartel Period||1990-1997|
|Participants||HeereMac v.o.f.; Dockwise NV; Dockwise U.S.A.|
|Total Fines (DOJ)||$65 million|
|Total Fines (EC)||No fines imposed|
In 1997, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) imposed $65 million in fines on three companies for their participation in a conspiracy to rig bids for heavy-lift marine construction services and semisubmersible heavy-lift transport services. At the time, this was the second largest criminal competition fine ever imposed by the DOJ. Heavy-life marine construction services facilitate the construction of offshore oil and gas production and drilling platforms. Semisubmersible heavy-lift transport vessels move large cargo. In 1996, worldwide revenues in this industry exceeded $200 million. Although these industries are related, the charges arose from two separate investigations into the construction services industry.
- One of the companies charged in the conspiracy, Dockwise N.V., also agreed to pay $4 million in civil damages to the U.S. Navy arising from contracts in connection with cartel activity.
- Three executives were fined for their participation in the conspiracy. None served any prison time.
|Company||Conspiracy Period||Fine (USD)||Plea Date||No. of Excluded Individuals||Plea Agreement|
|HeereMac v.o.f.||1/93-1/97||$49 million||12/22/1997||N/A|
|Dockwise NV||1/90-1/95||$15 million||12/22/1997||N/A|
|Dockwise U.S.A.||1/90-12/95||$1 million||12/22/1997||N/A|
|Individual||Company||Prison Sentence||Fine (USD)||Plea Date||Plea Agreement|
|Jan Meek, Commercial Director||HeereMac v.o.f.||None||$100,000||12/22/1997|
|Christiaan Bernardus van der Zwan, President||Dockwise NV||None||$150,000||12/22/1997|
|Bastiaan Albertus de Jong, General Manager Commercial Department||Dockwise NV||None||$75,000||12/22/1997|