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Trident Alliance complains over Swedish sulfur inspections

Carrier alliance Trident Alliance calls it "alarming" that shipowners must foot the bill when the Swedish authorities board their vessels to inspect whether they live up to global sulfur regulations. The alliance will now send a letter of complaint to Sweden's transport minister.

Modelfoto fra de danske trafiksstyrelses kontrolbesøg af et skib. | Photo: PR-foto/DFDS Seaways

It has sparked concern amongst European carriers that Sweden is passing a portion of the bill for its sulfur inspections on to the shipowners.  Since the beginning of the year, the Swedish transport authority has demanded a payment of 300 euros per inspection, which monitors whether the vessels comply with the new global sulfur regime.

While the amount may not sound like much, the costs can quickly add up for carries if other countries follow Sweden's example, argues the Trident Alliance, which represents a group of shipowners in relation to sulfur enforcement efforts. However, it is not he size of the amount, but the principle, whch the Alliance is against.

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