Pilotage fees to rise at Atlantic ports in 2014 with expected drop in traffic

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Halifax, N.S. (CP) — The federal body that oversees harbour pilots says pilotage tariffs will have to increase in Atlantic Canada to compensate for an expected drop in container ship traffic in 2014.

Cape Breton waterways will see the highest price jumps, along with ports in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tariffs are also going up in Halifax, the largest port in the region, although the drop in container traffic there is not expected to be steep.

Michael Broad, president of the Shipping Federation of Canada, says the situation is the result of fewer but bigger ships brining goods to ports.

Starting Jan. 1, fees are jumping 10 per cent in the Port of Sydney, the Bras d’Or Lakes and the Strait of Canso, while fees in the port of Halifax will rise 2.75 per cent.

Some Newfoundland and Labrador ports are also seeing 10 per cent tariff increases, while tariffs at the port of Saint John, N.B., will rise three per cent.

In Halifax, the average pilotage fee for container ships next year will be $1,903. Pilotage tariffs in Sydney will rise to an average of $2,850 per ship next year, then another five per cent to $2,993 in 2015.

Organizations: Shipping Federation of Canada

Geographic location: Halifax, Sydney, Cape Breton Newfoundland and Labrador.Tariffs Newfoundland and Labrador Saint John

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