November 20 - Rickmers-Linie has revealed its low sulphur surcharges to cover additional costs arising from the use of low sulphur fuels.
Rickmers-Linie vessels will use marine gas oil (MGO) with a maximum sulphur content of 0.1 percent within Emission Control Areas (ECA), in order to comply with the new regulations coming into force on January 1, 2015.
The ECA surcharges for breakbulk shipments will come into force on December 1, 2014, and can be seen in table 1 (see below).
During September, HLPFI reported that Rickmers-Linie declared its support for the introduction of stricter sulphur regulations, which will affect the USA and Canada, as well as the North Sea, English Channel and Baltic Sea routes. The line stressed that the effectiveness of the new regulations is tied to effective enforcement, to ensure an industry level playing field and prevent a weakening of the positive effect on the environment.