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What is the Environmental charge?

As part of the shipping industry’s push to become even more green and environmentally friendly, a new cap on sulphur content in fuel is being introduced at the start of 2020.

This is a global regulation that is being applied to all shipping worldwide by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The goal of the regulation is to significantly and progressively reduce sulphur emissions within all areas of international shipping. A cap of 0.5% sulphur will mean a combination of higher fuel costs and/or fleet investment for all ferry operators in the region in order to switch to low sulphur fuels or an equivalent solution from 1 January 2020. As the new directive will see operating costs increase outside of Stena Line’s control, an environmental fee will be introduced to alleviate the additional cost.

Irish Sea routes , with the exception of Rosslare – Cherbourg have been exempt from the cap but this exemption will end on 31st December 2019.

All new bookings on our UK & Ireland route network made from 30 September 2019, for travel from 1 January 2020, will be subject to this fee.

Please note fees may be subject to change depending on fuel price development, in which case every effort will be made to give as much notice as possible.


Environmental fees* (each way):

Dublin – Holyhead / Rosslare – Fishguard / Belfast – Cairnryan / Belfast – Liverpool

Adults: €2/£2

Children: €1/£1 (0-3 free)

Vehicles: €3/£3


Rosslare – Cherbourg

Adults: 9/£9

Children: 4.50/£4.50 (0-3 free)

Vehicles: 9/£9


Harwich – Hook of Holland

Adults: €3/£2.50

Children: €1.50/£1.25 (0-3 free)

Vehicles: €4.50/£3.50


*Charges are per person and per vehicle. There are no charges for infants (0-3 years), bicycles or trailers.