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IMO Sulphur Content Policy: MaerskIine to Dump Lagos Port for Onne Port

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From January 2020 cargo throughput at the APM terminal, Apapa in Lagos state , South West Nigeria maybe in decline as Maerskline one of the shipping lines that patronises the Apapa port complex will shift its business to the Onne port in Rivers State, South south Nigeria.

This is inline with the International Maritime Organization agenda 2020, for all cargo vessel to run on fuels with less sulphur content, effective January 1st , 2020.Maersk has announced full compliant with this directive to operate her ships with cleaner vessel fuel.

Sequel to this directive, the Danish shipping giant said it will stopped calls of vessels designated for Lagos port , saying that all Maersk line vessels would henceforth patronise the Onne port in Rivers State from January 1st 2020.

According to statement made available to DAILYFOCUS NEWS ONLINE on Thursday and signed by Chibuzor Ejiofor , Maersk Branch Manager East Nigeria, explained that vessels from the Far East Asia would no longer call at Lagos port.

The statement reads ” Dear Esteemed Customer, “Maersk, wishes all her esteemed customers a Happy New Year, we thank you for your patronage in the previous years and look forward to increased partnership in 2020.

” Further more, it is our pleasure to announce that our Far East (China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore) Service will no longer be calling Lagos Ports but now comes to Onne directly, giving you a reduced transit time. This is effective this Jan 2020.

” In line with complying with the directive of the International Maritime Organization agenda 2020, which is for all cargo vessel to run on fuels with less sulphur content, effective January 1st 2020, Maersk is already fully compliant with this directive to operate her vessels with cleaner vessel fuel. This technology of cleaner fuel for our ships comes at a cost, which we will communicate going forward.”

The statement further said “Maersk encourages all her customers to take advantage of our ocean and inland products ( Cargo Trucking, Warehousing, Customs House Brokerage, Value Protect , spot booking on export cargo etc) for a complete end -to-end service experience.

” Kindly, let me know if further clarifications is needed. Once again we wish you a Happy and prosperous 2020”, it added.

However the cleaner fuel less Sulphur content regulation has been developed and adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised agency under the United Nations (UN).
Whereas today ships can use fuel with a sulphur content of 3.5%, the new sulphur cap will be 0.5%.

To become compliant shipowners will have to invest in compliant fuels, LNG or scrubber technology. This is expected to lower global shipping’s sulphur emissions, a known source for respiratory disease and acid rain, by more than 80%.

“We fully support the new rules. They will be a significant benefit to the environment and to human health”, says Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer, A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S.

“The 2020 sulphur cap is a game changer for the shipping industry. Maersk preparations to comply are well underway and so are our customers’ efforts to plan ahead.

The new BAF is a simple, fair and predictable mechanism that ensures clarity for our customers in planning their supply chains for this significant shift.”

The regulation will bring increases and uncertainty to fuel costs for shipping. The BAF surcharge is designed to recover increases in fuel related costs. It will be charged separately from Maersk Line’s freight rate.

According to industry estimates, more than 90% of the global vessel fleet will be relying on compliant fuels as the sulphur rules step into force on 1 January 2020. This will also be the case for the Maersk Line fleet, despite a recent investment in a limited number of scrubbers.

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