Hapag-Lloyd will introduce and revise its low-sulfur fuel charge, effective Sept. 3, for its transatlantic services to account for an emissions control area (ECA) off the coast of North America that went into effect on Aug. 1.
The German shipping company already had a low-sulfur charge of $11 per TEU for ships calling North Europe where there has been an ECA in the Baltic Sea since 2006 and North Sea since 2007.
With the creation of an ECA off the coast of the United States and Canada, Hapag Lloyd said it will charge $25 per TEU for containers moving between North America and North Europe and $20 per TEU for containers moving between North America and the Mediterranean and Africa. The charge applies in both directions and to cargo going to all coasts.
The company explained that with the creation of the North American ECA "Hapag-Lloyd will have to buy more expensive fuel with only 1 percent sulfur content when sailing within 200 nautical miles of the North American coast."
a low-sulfur charge last month. - Chris Dupin