New EU Rules on Emissions

Following IMOs MARPOL Convention the EU has ruled on further restrictions to limit the impact of marine pollution within the North European Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) which spans from the English Channel through the Baltic Sea.

In short the legislation orders that, as of January 1st 2015, the sulphur content in marine fuel burnt in this area must be limited to 0,1%. Alternatively the exhaust from burning other type fuels must be sufficiently purified to achieve the equivalent emission levels.

To Shipping Companies, compliance with the regulation is associated with increased costs for switching to cleaner fuels. This will have a knock-on effect on customers as most carriers have announced implementation of a SECA surcharge. The actual surcharges may differ as carriers may have considered different variables. A commonly used calculation though is the annual increased cost of the fuel/ the annual volume carried.

Navilog Transport will specify this surcharge when applicable and it will be charged without mark-up. As usual, we are happy to assist with any questions you may have.