- 19. Juli 2016
Rise in Hamburg port pilotage duesThe port pilot tariff regulations stipulate the dues for port pilots. They are paid for services including, advising ships management, being on stand-by, plus travel costs. Port pilotage dues are to be measured so that a port pilot under normal circumstances receives an income appropriate for the standard of their training and the responsibilities of the profession.
In Hamburg the port pilot dues are reviewed every two years. For the period 2014 to 2015, the review showed that the advising fees for pilotage in the port should be increased by 2.13%. This was agreed today by the Hamburg Senate.
In addition to the advising fees, supplementary charges are imposed e.g. for docking, undocking or slowing for reasons unrelated to being in pilotage waters. Travel expenses are an allowance for costs incurred by the port pilots when travelling. Waiting fees are charged when, for example, port pilots are not taken on board, or are released again.
Supplementary charges, such as travel expenses and waiting time are each to be increased by 1.2%. The additional costs put on shipping by the increases in port pilotage dues are commercially viable. The increase in advising fees for small feeders is between 5 and 10 euros per pilotage service, for large ships up to a maximum of 16 euros per pilotage service.