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Saturday, September 22, 2018


Bulgaria/Bourgas – security tug charges

According to Order No. 25 dated 11 May 2001 issued by Bourgas Harbour Master, ship owners have since 1 June 2001 been required to pay for a compulsory stand-by fire fighting tug at Bourgas “Oil Port Rosenec”. It is required for the whole duration of the port call at the rate of USD 32/hour. This is a Bourgas requirement only; in other ports the charges are payable by the shipper or receiver.

The stand-by tug is arranged by the port, no action is required by the vessel or agent. After departure of the vessel the towage company (Port Fleet Bourgas Ltd.) presents the invoice to the agent.

Source: Zodiac Shipping Agency Ltd., Varna

Netherlands Antilles/Bonaire – correction to towage rates

INTERTANKO has received a correction to the rates for BOPEC Terminal published in Weekly NEWS No. 34 of 24 August 2001. Please click here to view.

The following correction to the towage charges applies: 150,00-349,000 DWT USD 33,300 (not 50,300).

Source: Rocargo Services Bonaire N.V., Kralendijk

Panama Canal – tariff increases

The Panama Canal Authority has announced in Advisory to Shipping No. A-45-2001 an increase in the tariff for tug assistance, line handlers, port pilotage and canal inspection services effective from 1 September 2001. The official tariff is available at

(Advisories to Shipping – Main – No. A-45-2001)

Sources: Panama Canal Authority; Barwil Agencies S.A., Panama City; C. Fernie & Co., S.A., Cristobal

UAE/Dubai - ports to hike vessels charges

Dubai Port Authority (DPA) has decided to increase marine charges levied on vessels entering the Dubai Ports effective from 1 September 2001. The increase, ranging from 5% to 65%, is to bring the rates more in line with today’s operating expenses. Charges on vessels entering the ports are based on tonnage or tonnes and mean gross registered tonnes (GRT) or gross tonnes (GT). The new tariff rates were published in Khaleej Times, Business 22 August 2001.

According to local sources the tariff has so far only been published in the news media on 22 August. In general, INTERTANKO opposes the practice of not providing the Worldscale Association and the shipping industry at large with sufficient pre-warning in order to adjust to new charges. Hence, INTERTANKO has requested the Dubai Port Authority (DPA) to postpone the implementation until 1 November 2001.

Source: Khaleej Times, Business, 22 August 2001