TT-Line mulls carbon tax surcharge


Bass Strait ferry operator TT-Line should know in February if it will charge trucking operators more for its services due to the impact of the carbon tax. By that time, its fuel supplier, Shell, should have decided how much of the carbon tax it will pass on to customers, according to TT-Line CEO Charles Griplas. Last financial year, the company’s roll on-roll off service transported 91,826 teu (20-foot container equivalent units), Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne said after attending the Legislative Council TT-Line Government Business Enterprise scrutiny hearing at State Parliament.

By Rob McKay | December 8, 2011

Bass Strait ferry operator TT-Line should know in February if it will charge trucking operators more for its Tasmania services due to the impact of the carbon tax.

By that time, its fuel supplier, Shell, should have decided how much of the carbon tax it will pass on to customers, according to TT-Line CEO Charles Griplas.

Last financial year, the company’s roll on-roll off service transported 91,826 teu (20-foot container equivalent units), Infrastructure Minister David O’Byrne said after attending the Legislative Council TT-Line Government Business Enterprise scrutiny hearing at State Parliament.

The hearing "helped lay to rest any claims of falling passenger and vehicle quotas on the TT-Line ferries, for the sake of carrying more freight", O’Byrne says.

"Passenger, vehicle and freight volumes have all grown strongly in the past five years, while the mix of passengers versus freight has remained constant at about 65 percent versus 35 percent.

"While there are peak seasons each year when it can be harder to book at short notice, the TT-Line’s balance of passengers and freight remains the same, and both volumes are growing well."

Fuel made up a quarter of the firm’s costs and a surcharge was an option the company was considering, ABC News quotes Griplas as telling the hearing.

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