What is a fuel surcharge?

Ferries burn tonnes of fuel on each crossing. As a result some of the operators have a fuel surcharge (or BAF - Bunker Adjustment Factor) which is an additional charge per booking to contribute to the exceptional cost of the fuel.

The amount of fuel surcharge fluctuates significantly depending on the ferry operator. Longer ferry crossings burn more fuel which tend to result in a higher level of fuel surcharge. Some ferry operators charge a percentage of the fare, others charge a per unit charge which may vary depending on your size of vehicle. Some routes also have a MARPOL or sulphur charge where a certain type of fuel only is allowed to be used. We build in any applicable additional charges into the fuel surcharge for your convenience.

Most ferry operators currently amend their fuel surcharge levels on a monthly basis. These can be viewed on our Fuel Surcharge page.

Fuel surcharges are charged based on the rate applicable at the time of shipment. If you have booked a crossing for outside the current month these may not yet be applied.

The Sulphur 2020 regulation change came into effect on the Irish Sea on the 1st January 2020. Depending on the ferry operator, this may replace or be charged alongside current BAF/MARPOL surcharges. The new regulation limits sulphur oxide emissions, meaning that a more expensive fuel will need to be used by operators.

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