Tariff Authority Approves 20% Hike In Vessel-related Charges

Chennai, November 26: | Updated: Nov 27 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) has rejected most of the tariff revision proposals submitted by the Chennai Port Trust. However, the authority has allowed a 20 per cent hike in vessel-related charges. Since the rates were revised in 2000, the port had sought for a revision ranging from 25 per cent to 290 per cent.The major modifications in vessel-related charges, according to a port notification, are the hourly-basis calculation of berth hire charges instead of eight-hours basis and complete removal of night navigation charges.

The other changes are a rebate of $ 8.747 per hour for foreign-going vessels and Rs 446 per hour for coastal vessels and forwards night and holiday charges will be allowed for berths managed and operated by private parties.

Crane hire charge component will be deducted as a rebate form the berth hire charge for RORO vessels, pure car carriers and lash vessels. Berth hire ends four hours after a vessel signals its readiness to sail. The port has totally removed gang idle charges.

Changes in the cargo-related charges, according to the notification, include increase in free days to seven from three for foreign vessels (import) excluding Sundays, customs holidays and ports non-operation days.

For direct delivery/direct shipment by ports crane/ships derrick, there will be no cranage for stacking and delivery. Use of private cranes allowed at the request of the party for port operations on payment of 10 per cent of the charges specified in the scale of rates for cranage, if those equipment are not available with the Port Trust. The above 10 per cent cranage charges would be waived, when the equipment are available with Port Trust but could not be spared. In case of direct delivery by ports 50 tonne/FC Vaigai, cranage would be recoverd only from steamer agents for landing. Wharfage for timber logs has been changed to per CBM basis from per log basis. The number of commodities under wharfage is brought down to 36 from 95 itmes. Wharfage for edible oil has been changed to per tonne basis from ad valorem basis. This would result in more than 50 per cent reduction. The port has offered a rebate of 10 per cent on wharfage for quantity handled in excess of 10 per cent of the previous years throughput subject to a minimum of 50,000 tonnes a year. TAMP has also rejected the Tuticorin Port Trusts proposal for a 10 per cent increase in cargo and vessel-related charges.