In a previous news post, information regarding the approaching Low Sulfur Fuel Requirement advised of charges to offset the increasing cost of low sulfur fuel. Recently, Seaboard Marine released a series of operational notifications to our valued customers with active rates, quotes or contracts, informing them of a new Low Sulfur Surcharge (LSS) effective November 16th, 2014. The following description outlines the basis for the LSS.

The recently announced LSS is attributed to a scheduled directive by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA will begin enforcing the second phase of its fuel sulfur standard for the use of low sulfur fuel within the United States Emission Control Areas (ECAs). As of January 1, 2015 vessels operating within the U.S. ECAs must comply with the use of fuel with a sulfur content not exceeding 0.1% m/m (1,000 ppm) or suffer stiff penalties.

Effective immediately, Seaboard Marine will begin vacating our current supply of higher sulfur fuel. Coinciding with the LSS, Seaboard Marine will commence use of the approved lower sulfur fuel in mid-November to ensure operational compliance as of January 1, 2015.

Please visit the following resources for more information on:

  • Seaboard Marine’s Low Sulfur Fuel Requirement
  • IMO’s Sulphur oxides (SOx) – Regulation 14
  • EPA’s Engine and Fuel Standards within Emission Control Areas
  • North-America-ECA