From 1 January 2020, a new European Union, environmentally friendly, directive – The 2020 IMO Fuel Sulphur Regulation will come into place and will effect some of the products we currently ship on behalf of our suppliers.
The Irish Sea Operators, that we source and contract on behalf of some of our supplier base will operate within these Emission Control areas, specifically the Cairnryan > Larne > Cairnryan route.
To comply, all ferry operators have a choice: they can either run their ships on more expensive low Sulphur alternatives, as opposed to today’s higher Sulphur heavy fuel oil (HFO); or they can invest in abatement technology known as Sulphur scrubbers to effectively reduce the Sulphur emissions to the new low level of 0.5 percent.
The majority of Irish Sea Operators have chosen to convert their Irish Sea vessels to the use of Low Sulphur 0.5% fuel which will however, result in significant increases to the fuel costs for Irish Sea routes.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ASDA?
From 1 January 2020, our Irish Sea Operators will be introducing this new fuel surcharge on all freight movements being shipped and charged to ASDA.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU AS A SUPPLIER?
We have shared some communication with suppliers who we believe will be effected however, if you did not receive this communication or If we currently ship any products on your behalf via the Irish Sea Operators we need you to contact us on the below contact details to discuss these changes.
ASDA Collect Key Account Manager,
ASDA Logistics Services