All port fees in St. John’s are set to increase by two per cent as of March 1, 2014, according to the St. John’s Port Authority (SJPA).
The St. John’s Port Authority has proposed to increase all port fees by two per cent effective March 1, 2014. — Telegram file photo
The authority announced the proposed change through its website. Electricity services charges are set to increase at the same rate, which would also match an increase due to be implemented by Newfoundland Power for general service users in 2014.
According to SJPA CEO Sean Hanrahan, the planned fee increase falls in line with annual inflation rates and the assessment of costs pertinent to the Consumer Price Index.
Hanrahan said the two per cent increase will amount to approximately $40,000 in additional revenue for the port authority out of an expected $6.5 million for the fiscal year. The two per cent figure is identical to the fee increase proposed for the previous year.
A berthage rate is charged for 12-hour periods, while anchorage rates apply to vessels that remain in the harbour for a period exceeding 30 days. Both rates are applied to a vessel’s tonnage.
The minimum charges for berthage or anchorage in St. John’s irregardless of weight or length of stay will increase from $48.96 to almost $50.
Vessels can also be subject to wharfage rates, small commercial vessel rates and passenger rates.
New SJPA security charges came into effect in August of this year, applying to vessels in piers 9 to 11 (known collectively as the Marginal Wharf) and piers 17 and 18.
Vessels weighing more than 20,000 tonnes will be charged at a rate of $280.50 per 12-hour period instead of $275.
A full listing of current rates charged by the port authority can be found at its website — www.sjpa.com. Documents going into further detail about the fee increases can requested by contacting SJPA. It’s also accepting written submissions about the proposed fee increases.