Picture Mlondolozi Mbolo.

The Competition Commission (CC) said it investigated after it received a complaint from the Robben Island Museum against the five boat operators.

The respondents to allegations are all vessels owners who provide chartering services to the Museum’s clients from the V&A Waterfront to Robben Island and vice versa.

They are Thembekile Maritime Services, Silverbuckle Trade 21 CC t/a Yacoob Yatch, Nauticat Charters, Ferry Charters, and Tigger 2 Charters.

The CC said its investigation found that around 22 September 2015, the respondents met at the Cape Town Fish Market coffee shop, where they discussed and agreed to increase the prices they would charge the Museum when responding to a tender it issued.

The tender was for bidders to be listed on the Museum’s database as a preferred service providers for a 12 month period.

The Commission said this conduct constitutes price fixing and collusive tendering in contravention of the Competition Act and it has since referred the complaint to the Tribunal for adjudication.

The Commission is seeking an order from the Tribunal declaring that the five respondents have contravened the Competition Act and that they are liable to pay an administrative penalty equal to 10 percent of their annual turnover.