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Friday, September 21, 2018


Advance notice of changes in port costs

Ideally we receive two months notice of changes in port costs and can relay these promptly.  Such advance notice about forthcoming cost increases is necessary not least for the chartering desks and the Worldscale Association, yet they are still the exceptions.  Often INTERTANKO learns about such changes just prior to, or occasionally after, implementation.  We have seen retrospective implementation as well.

80 years ago the international community was conscious that port charges must not be made either retrospectively or without any advance notice to the port users.

The Convention and Statute of the International Regime of Maritime Ports was created in Geneva in December 1923:

“All dues and charges levied for the use of maritime ports shall be duly published before coming into force.  The same shall apply to the by-laws and regulation of the port.  In each maritime port the Port Authority shall keep open for inspection by all persons concerned a table of the dues and charges in force, as well as a copy of the by-laws and regulations”.

It is internationally recommended and accepted that two calendar months is regarded as adequate pre-warning advice, yet too many port authorities do not follow suit for various reasons.

As an associate member in the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), and without prejudice, INTERTANKO has requested requests IAPH to remind their members about this necessary requirement for port cost adjustments.

INTERTANKO also requests our associate members and port agents specifically to remind port authorities regularly about the same.

Finally, INTERTANKO would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to those port authorities who support this view and freely give such an important pre-warning advice.

Australia – pilot charge increase

During November operators of Barrier Reef and Torres Strait pilotage services advised of increased service charges.  Since deregulation in 1993 there have been no increases in operating costs.  Details of the new tariff schedules are available from agencies.

Source: Inchcape Shipping Services Pty. Limited, Sydney’

Italy/Trieste – compulsory escort tug service

From 01 March 2001 escort tug service will be implemented and compulsory for all tankers over 30,000 GT entering or leaving the port of Trieste.  The service will be performed by Class R.I.N.A. International Long Tugs, 4,000 or 5,000 KW, 50/54 tons bollard pull. The tariff applied for this compulsory service will be ITL 1,000,000.00

Source: GAC Athens Hub Agency/A. Topic SRL Shipping Agency

Norway/Kaarstoe – tariff increase

Further to our article in Weekly NEWS No/2 of 12 January 2001, where INTERTANKO strongly opposed the lack of pre-advice of these cost increases, the port authority is evaluating the previously advised increases.  INTERTANKO will keep members advised regarding any adjustments to the tariff schedules and/or postponement of implementation as soon as it is known.

Source: Falck Shipping A/S, Aksdal