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As of the 1 January 2015, the Emission Control Area (MARPOL Annex VI) affects shipping operators as it precludes the previous ability to utilise heavy fuels for propulsion without the efficient usage of expensive and bulky exhaust system scrubbers. Many merchant vessels are not suitable for scrubbers to be retrofitted due to the scrubber’s size and weight which forces these vessels to use significantly more expensive higher grade fuels to meet the emission regulations. In order for operators to control the additional costs, the shortest sea passage routes are sought.
The Port of Ramsgate is the second closest UK port to continental Europe and we will maximise our geographical benefit, along with Ramsgate’s excellent road connectivity, to grow our business.