«The drop in the cruise activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted in a substantial reduction in the income from Pilotage and Safety fees. This reduction will not affect the fee level for other vessels”, says Director for Maritime Safety in the Norwegian Coastal Administration, Arve Dimmen.
The increase by 5.2 per cent in the Pilotage Fees are caused by an extraordinary rise in pension costs. The increase by 2.2 per cent in the Safety Fees are based on expected growth in wages and prices in 2022. The NCA will study ways to make the maritime pilotage service even more cost effective.
The exemption in the Pilotage Readiness Fee for vessels up to 8000 GT is prolonged 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. From 1 March 2022, vessels with higher score than 50 on ESI will also receive a discount of 25 per cent from the Safety Fees. Oil tankers will from 1 March 2022 lose the ability to reduce the gross tonnage (GT) with the volume of segregated ballast water tanks, which will increase their calculated fees. There will be set a maximum on 200,000 GT as basis for calculation of Pilotage and Safety Fees from 1 March 2022.
The Safety Fees will increase by 2.2 per cent on average. The Safety Fee for Grenland (Brevik) will increase by 3.6 per cent, Oslofjord (Horten) by 4.3 per cent and Rogaland except Kårstø (Kvitsøy) by 5.6 per cent. The Safety Fee for Sture and Mongstad (Fedje) and Rogaland-Kårstø (Kvitsøy) will stay unchanged from the level of 2021.
Vessels with an ongoing annual fee for 2022 will receive a new invoice for Quarter 1 in 2022, where the amount for March is calculated according to changes in rates. We will also issue a credit memo for the paid amount.