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OOCL plans surcharge to offset low-sulphur fuel costs

Hong Kong: Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has announced it will add a per-container surcharge next year to offset higher operating costs incurred by low-sulphur fuel.

Hong Kong-based OOCL will levy a “low sulphur surcharge” from January 1, 2015, on routes that cross Emission Control Areas (ECAs) such as the Baltic Sea and northwest Europe.

A Europe-US Atlantic Coast/US Gulf Coast/Mexico route will now have a $130 per 40-foot container surcharge; Europe-US West Coast will be $220/container; and Europe-Canada will be $150/container, the company said.

Hapag-Lloyd, Rickmers-Linie, Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) also plan to implement surcharges. [13/10/14]

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