Dear TOTE Maritime Alaska Customers:
Effective February 1, 2017, TOTE Maritime Alaska vessels will begin utilizing fuel with a maximum Sulphur content of 0.1%. This Government-mandated reduction from 1.8% to 0.1% Sulphur content is directly related to the Emission Control Area (ECA) which in the case of the West Coast essentially covers Mexico to Alaska. This ultra-low-Sulphur-diesel (ULSD) fuel is considerably more expensive than its predecessor.
Due to this revision in vessel-fuel requirements and its attendant costs, TOTE Maritime Alaska will be revising the fuel-related surcharge in tariff STB TOTE 101-A as follows:
• Item 345 will increase 2.5% from 17% to 19.5% effective Sunday, February 5, 2017
Item 345 has been reformatted to include a new line item reflecting an increment labeled “ULSD fuel-related surcharge.” Below is how it now appears: