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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PORT ISSUES

* INDONESIA PORT STATE CONTROL INSPECTIONS CHARGES

* CHARGES AND DUES ON SBT TANKERS - Spain

INDONESIA PORT STATE CONTROL INSPECTIONS CHARGES

We have been informed by one of our members that the Indonesian government has authorised a new charge for PSC inspections.  The charge of USD 250 only applies to vessels that have been subject to PSC inspection, and the shipowner will be required to pay it only after the PSC inspection report has been issued.

We understand that the PSC of the port of arrival has the authority to check onboard whether the vessel has been inspected during the past six months.  If that is the case, then no PSC inspection is needed.  However, if PSC is in doubt, they may decide to inspect the vessel and charge the owner accordingly.

Therefore, agents should not include an automatic PSC Inspection Charge in their estimated port charges.  Our members would be well advised to check that no payment is being made unless an inspection has been carried out.

Whether or not the Indonesians should be charging at all for PSC is another matter, and we have contacted the Tokyo MOU for clarification.  They have been in discussions with the Indonesians regarding this matter, but so far without much success.

 

Charges and dues on SBT tankers

SPAIN/CANARY ISLANDS

We are happy to issue the following detailed clarification of a previously unclear situation related to SBT relief in the Canary Islands:

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria:

A reduction in Harbour dues (T-1) and Pilotage is granted when a relevant tonnage certificate is presented by the ship’s agent.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife:

Relief in Harbour Dues (T-1) is available to SBT tankers.  There is, however, some controversy regarding pilotage as the pilots at Tenerife do not apply SBT reduction although the law obliges them to do so.  The Port Authority appears to lack the necessary authority to enforce the regulation based on the COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No. 2978/94, which is tantamount to Spanish law.  INTERTANKO will take the necessary steps via EU to ensure proper implementation.

Source: Ibérica Marítima Barcelona S.A.