• 2018 September 21 14:09

    British International Freight Association fumes over sulphur surcharge

    The British International Freight Association (BIFA), the trade association for UK freight forwarding and logistics companies, has described the container shipping industry’s recent imposition of a ‘sulphur surcharge’ as unjustified and blatant profiteering.

    It follows an announcement by Danish giant AP Moller Maersk that it is introducing a new bunker adjustment factor (BAF) surcharge on 1 January 2019, a full year ahead of the global sulphur cap on marine emissions which enters into force on 1 January 2020.

    According to the shipowner, it could lead to prices of a 40 ft container on the Far East to North Europe route being hiked by anywhere between USD480 to USD840 (depending on fuel price), or by up to USD683 (depending on fuel price) from the Far East to US West Coast, for example.

    Robert Keen, BIFA Director General said: “By any measure, these are very major increases, and they will be received negatively by BIFA members’ customers.
    "While the shipping operators may say that the new BAFs are needed to cover the cost of switching to low sulphur fuels or fitting exhaust ‘scrubbers’, rises of this magnitude are unjustified and could be construed as blatant profiteering by shipping lines determined to exploit the situation.”

    BIFA would also prefer any increases that are necessary to be consolidated within freight rates and with any required fluctuation being managed against that figure.

    He added: “BIFA members are now faced with the task of explaining yet another surcharge to their customers, and what the rationale behind it is. The sulphur surcharge is bound to be extremely unpopular.

    The latest swingeing increase is only the latest in a series of surcharges imposed by the shipping lines, and BIFA has long campaigned against them.

    Earlier this year, leading container shipping companies announced almost in unison that they would be levying “emergency” bunker surcharges in response to rising fuel costs.

    “Forwarders do not like shipping line surcharges - we have been challenging, and will continue to challenge their legitimacy on behalf of our members – and their customers,” says Keen.

    Past attempts by lines to hike rates have included surcharges for equipment imbalance, peak season and currency, along with other fuel surcharges.

    Keen adds that the number of surcharges and fees continues to grow, many of them with no real explanation or justification.

    He added that while forwarders would continue to do all they can to minimise surcharges ultimately at least some of the cost had to be passed on to forwarders’ customers.




2019 May 19

16:51 Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio on the Europe–Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast trade
15:47 CMA CGM to implement FAK rates for Asia to the Middle East Gulf, Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trades
14:12 NYK develops Japan’s first additive for fuel oil compliant with 2020 SOx regulation
13:32 Hapag-Lloyd to restructure its Service Portfolio to/from Caribbean, Central America and SAWC
12:14 CMA CGM announces new FAK rates on Asia - North Europe service
11:06 USCG rescues 3 from sinking sailboat off Hatteras Inlet
10:16 PSA’s BMCT and CITPL hold Hyderabad trade meet

2019 May 18

15:12 CMA CGM launches the Reefer Pharma division for the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products
14:51 DNO completes USD 400M bond placement
13:02 AAL delivers from China four RTGs to Port of Felixstowe
12:31 USCG deploys containment, collection system at Mississippi Canyon 20 site
11:07 Kotug Smit performs naming ceremony for tug ‘Buffalo’

2019 May 17

18:22 Maersk launches new CLX service, optimized West Coast Latin America - NE network
17:49 Madrid, Spain to host the International Cruise Summit on 27-28 November 2019
17:14 Krasnoye Sormovo delivers Idel-1, sixth ship of Project RSD59 series ordered by STLC
16:40 MPC Capital AG announces key figures for the 1st quarter 2019
16:16 Vyborg Shipyard launches second serial trawler of Project KMT01 built for Arkhangelsk Trawl Fleet
15:58 Leningrad Region presented layout of multimodal transport and logistics center at Bronka port
15:27 Nord Stream 2 AG submitted third permit application and EIA to DEA
15:04 Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA declares two options for the construction of the seventh and eight CLEANBU combination carrier with Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding
14:49 Marine Rescue Service takes delivery of Bakhtemir, lead ship in a series of four multifunctional salvage tugs of Project MPSV12
14:20 Net profit of Port Vanino for 1Q’19 calculated under RAS grew by 39.8% to RUB 562.34 million
14:03 Damen and De Beers Marine Namibia formalise new relationship, with Mangalia yard centre stage
13:58 IMO held national maritime transport policy training for Saint Kitts and Nevis
13:35 BC Ferries to implement fuel surcharge of 1.5 per cent on June 1 2019
13:21 Bunker prices started going up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
13:09 Grimaldi Group's ro/ro vessel Grande Europa was hit by a fire
12:52 PGNiG Group posts over one billion in net profit for the first quarter of 2019
12:30 Maersk Product Tankers completes sale and leaseback agreement
12:09 DEME Offshore awarded major Hornsea Two contract for foundation and turbine installation
11:43 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port handled 323,000 tonnes 1Q’2019
11:30 LR to support the Italian Shipping Community through RO status
11:09 CMA CGM announces General Rate Restoration from Asia to West Africa
10:48 Northern Fleet ASW Severomorsk completed training in Norwegian sea
10:30 MODEC commissioned MAN Energy Solutions to supply a total of six compressor trains for a new FPSO vessel in the Gulf of Mexico
10:09 Secretary General of IMO to outline future of ocean regulations at Nor-Shipping 2019
09:51 Port of Tallinn Group’s revenue in 1Q’19 amounted to EUR 28.5 million, profit to 11.0 million
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.33% to $72.86, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.45% to $63.15
09:30 ECSA marks the European Maritime Day 2019
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is flat at 1,032 points
08:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 17

2019 May 16

18:05 RAS net profit of Russian Railways for 1Q’19 up 1.9 times YoY to RUB 17.7 billion
17:50 BPO shares Baltic experience and discusses market trends at Global Liner Shipping
17:27 BIMCO to publish industry’s first offshore decommissioning contract
16:38 LUKOIL drills record breaking wells at D41 in the Baltic Sea
16:16 USCG, FEMA, Cal OES meet to discuss emergency response in San Francisco
15:34 Throughput of Tuapse Sea Commercial Port in 1Q’2019 grew by 8% YoY to 4.2 million tonnes
15:11 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg handled 202,300 TEUs in 1Q’2019, up 20% YoY
14:49 IAPH World Ports Conference concludes successfully in Guangzhou
14:17 The AEC welcomes new chair, signs MoU with Arctic Council
13:53 Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port handled 93,800 tonnes of cargo in Jan-Apr’19, up 9.6% Y-o-Y
13:30 Rosmorrechflot: Ambal ferry to enter the Baltijsk-Ust-Luga line till the end of the week
13:05 Shipyard De Hoop delivers cruise vessel ‘Celebrity Flora’ to Celebrity Cruises
12:44 Finland to deposit its instrument of accession to HNS Convention after major countries receiving hazardous substances accept it
12:22 Maiden call of Celebrity Edge at the Port of Southampton marked with traditional plaque & key ceremony
12:00 Şadan Kaptanoğlu elected BIMCO President
11:36 Bunker prices show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:13 Maunu Visuri appointed as President and CEO of Arctia Ltd
11:01 Long Beach Harbor Commission appoints Director of Finance
10:51 Kitack Lim to outline future of ocean regulations at Nor-Shipping 2019