A two-phase increase in port due rates will be implemented by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at the Port of Singapore, from 1st January 2022. This move is aimed at funding the rise in costs and maintenance of the port.
The first phase (Phase 1) of the hike is scheduled to take place from the 1st January, 2022. A 6% hike in port dues would be levied upon vessels with port stays between two to four days, which embark or disembark passengers or load / unload cargo. While vessels which stay in the port for a day or less, would not be impacted in the first phase, to encourage quicker turnarounds and serve more vessels. They will, however be affected from the second phase of the hike (Phase 2), which will take effect a year later after Phase 1 (1st January 2023).
2014 was the last time, when the Port of Singapore saw a revision in dues rates. The greater inflow of funds, after the increase in port dues from next year will contribute towards maintaining the vessel-traffic management system, anchorages, fairways, and navigation aids.
Ocean-going vessels calling at the Port of Singapore are subject to port dues, which are determined by the following:
- Size of the vessel (per 100 gross tonnages (GT).
- Length of stay (per 24-hour block).
- Purpose of call.
There are four categories of port dues tariffs:
Category 1 covers:
- Loading or disembarking cargo.
- Embarking or disembarking passengers.
- Other afloat activities.
Category 2 covers:
- Vessels taking bunkers.
- Vessels taking ship supplies.
- Changing crew.
Category 3 covers:
- Vessels doing repairs.
- Vessels outfitting.
- Vessels undergoing docking activities.
Category 4 covers offshore support vehicles.
Annual and six-month port dues schemes
Vessels which make frequent calls to the Singapore Port, have the option to apply for an annual or a six-month port dues scheme. Under this scheme, the vessels will have access to free port dues for the primary five days of stay, within their eligible period of stay.
Port dues rebates
Vessels with a port stay of less than four days will be eligible for port dues rebates, from 1st January 2022. These include:
- 10% port dues concession for Green Port Program vessels that engage LNG-fueled harbor craft for port operations;
- 20% port dues concession for container vessels loading or discharging goods;
- 25% port dues concessions under the Green Port Program;
- 100% maritime welfare fee concession.
- Port dues rebate for vessels handling transshipment vehicles in Singapore.
From January 1, 2022, the Frequent Caller Scheme (FCS) would be discontinued. Thus, there will not be a 20% port dues concession for passenger vessels anymore.
Reference: ASEAN Briefing