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Fees for 2020: Reduction in Safety Fees and increase in Pilotage Fee

The Safety Fees are reduced by 2.7 per cent on average. The Pilotage Service Fee and Pilotage Readiness Fee are increased by 4.3 per cent, while the Pilot Exemption Certificate Fee is increased by 2.3 per cent.

«The set Safety Fees for 2020 provides a reduction for the third year in a row», says Director for Maritime Safety in the Norwegian Coastal Administration, Arve Dimmen.

The increase by 4.3 per cent in the Pilotage Service Fee and Pilotage Readiness Fee contains two years of price increase. These fees were not changed from 2018 to 2019.The background for the lack of regulation in 2019, is too high income in 2018 and 2019 due to an increase in the traffic. In 2019, the planned budget was not in balance. The income budget was set lower than the cost budget to achieve balance in the accumulated result for the non-profit pilot service. In 2020, the planned budget is in balance.

The Pilotage fees are used to finance the costs of the Pilot Service, in addition to the 86 million NOK financed by the Norwegian government to strengthen Short Sea Shipping.

The Pilotage Readiness Fee exemption for vessels up to 8000 GT is continued to boost Short Sea Shipping. Vessels with higher score than 50 on The Environmental Ship Index (ESI), will also continue to receive exemption from the Pilot Readiness Fee.

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