Customers pay the bill for tighter sulphur regulations

Shippers might as well start planning their budgets with a new, special surcharge starting in 2015, when shipowners will have to comply with the tighter sulphur requirements.

Container carriers will most likely introduce an extra fuel surcharge to customers when the new and tighter sulphur regulations for ship fuel come into effect from January 1st 2015 in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and along the East and West Coast of the United States, says SeaIntel.

Shipowners have the choice of installing smoke cleaning systems, the so-called scrubbers, buying more expensive fuel, or switching to LNG. Carriers face a significant cost regardless which option they choose.

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