The world's largest container carrier, Maersk Line and Broström, a part of Maersk Tankers, have decided to join the Port of Gothenburg campaign for cleaner shipping. The two shipping companies are currently switching to fuel with a maximum of 0.1 per cent sulphur when they operate in the port area. Five shipping companies, with 37 vessels, are now participating in the Port of Gothenburg environmental campaign for cleaner shipping.
For several years, the Port of Gothenburg has imposed a surcharge on vessels with more than 0.5 per cent sulphur in the fuel. In autumn 2010, the port decided that the revenue from this environmentally differentiated port charge could be reinvested in shipping companies that opt for clean fuels (maximum of 0.1 per cent sulphur content). The shipping companies can receive up to SEK 250,000 in compensation for the higher fuel costs. Other environmental measures are also rewarded.
Maersk Line and Broström have recently joined the campaign. Maersk Line is one of the world's largest shipping companies and the first container company to switch to low-sulphur fuel in the Port of Gothenburg. Broström is part of the same group as Maersk Line, A.P. Moller Maersk, and is the first tanker company to join the environmental campaign. Apart from these two companies, Stena Oil, Topoil and OW Bunker are also participating.
A total of 37 vessels have applied for compensation for using fuel with a maximum of 0.1 per cent sulphur.