Panama Canal toll hike; European reg changes
26 Apr 2012
The board of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has approved a toll increase of 15% in two years, on seven types of large ships, and from 60% to 113% for small vessels passing through the Panama Canal as
of 1 July 2012, sources said. For smaller vessels, there are proposed increases in four price levels on the basis of the length (L) of the vessel, ranging between 60% and 113%, so the new tolls would be $500 to $800 dollars for smaller boats (15.24 meters) and $1,500 to $3,200 to the largest (30.48 meters). Furthermore, the rate per ton of displacement, now $3.02, also will increase 15.5% to $3.25 as of 1 July, and to $3.49 in the same month next year.
ACP administrator Alberto Aleman, said the proposal brings the tolls closer to the value and quality advantages offered by the route through the Panama Canal, while maintaining the competitiveness of the route. "The ACP reaffirms its interest in maintaining a dialogue with the industry to enable us to structure a system of tolls according to the needs of our users which results in benefits for themselves and for Panama," Aleman said
The proposed change approved last Wednesday, also increases tolls on eight to eleven distinct types of ships passing through the waterway, which "seeks to approximate the amount of toll to the value offered by the interoceanic route to their users," detailed the ACP in a statement. The segments will be defined as: container, general cargo, container / bulk cargo, refrigerated cargo, bulk dry, tankers, gas carriers, car carriers, ro-ro and passenger and others. Those with recorded increases of 15% (7.5% in 2012 and the same percentage in 2013) are general cargo, containers / breakbulk, bulk dry, tankers, chemical tankers and others (those not covered by any of categories). Car carriers and ro-ro (roll-on/roll off, equipped with ramps) will be increase by only 1.6 to 1.7% in the toll from July 1 next, said the statement of the proposal. The rate for each segment is calculated on a table that gives a price for the first 10,000 tons, one for the next 10,000 and a third rate for the rest.
Until now, the ships were classified as: container, refrigerated cargo, dry bulk carriers, passenger, car carriers, tankers, general cargo and others. Now they have removed the tanker segment, and added the tankers, chemical tankers, gas carriers and container ships / loose cargo. Furthermore, the vehicle carriers will be incorporated with the ro-ro vessels, car carriers being called in/ro-ro.
According to the statement, the ACP is open from now until next May 21 for a consultation process in which interested parties may apply for participation at the public hearing to be held on May 23 at the ACP, to receive feedback from users about the announcement of the increase, which then must be approved by the Cabinet of the Government of Panama to take effect. (Panama America) http://www.panama-guide.com/article.php/20120421063143306
Indemnity for Yacht 3rd Party liability Italy
With effect from June 2012 it will be a legal requirement for all boats sailing in Italian waters to have Third Party Liability insurance of at least 5,000,000 euros per person. See Pantaenius doc. below.
13 Mar 2012 sail-world.com: berthing tax amended in Italy
Cruising sailors on foreign yachts thinking of sailing in Italian waters any time soon can relax about the cost. A new law coming into effect in May 2012 would have incurred a 'berthing tax' to stay in Italy. The tax has been amended so that only Italian-owned yachts are affected.
For more information, see the article at http://www.sail-world.com/cruising/index.cfm?nid=94496&rid=11
Jan 2012 Norwegian lay-up rules relaxed
It is now possible to leave a boat unattended in Norway over the winter without incurring import duty. Following extensive lobbying particularly by the Norwegian Boating Association the Norwegian Lay-up Rules have been relaxed. An application is necessary accompanied by a letter from the yard where the boat is to be kept confirming this. Permission will normally be granted for one year and usually will be extended for a second year on application. There is no charge. The NorwegianCustoms website www.toll.no gives helpful advice including an application for in English.
However, the 'six week' rule still applies; one may not leave a foreign boat unattended in Norway for more than six weeks, without making an application to Norwegian Customs.
12 Mar 2012 Red diesel ruling www.rya.org.uk
The RYA and BMF report that HMRC has confirmed Government has no intention to make it unlawful for red diesel bought in the UK to be used outside UK territorial waters. HMRC has also confirmed that the wording of the legislation and the declaration that boat users will make at the time of purchase will be amended to reflect this.
24 May 2012 Pantaenius
Higher levels of indemnity for Yacht Third Party Liability insurance
With effect from Hune 2012 it will be a legal requirement for all boats sailing in Italian waters to have Third Party Liability insurance of at least 5,000,000 euros per person.
In anticipation of this change, Pantaemius has negotiated with the insurers of the Pantaenius Yacht Scheme an increase in the "per person" indemnity limits, and the limits for financial losses, from 1st Jan 2012 at no additional cost to the policyholder, in order to ensure that all policyholders have sufficient cover for their liabilities.
If you are going to be sailing in Italian waters in 2012 after June please ensure that you have the correct documentation before you leave from your Insurance company. Not having the correct documentation on board could result in a fine or penalties by the Italian authorities.
For any US/Canadian owned/registered vessels the increased limits will not apply for any claims brought under US or Canadian Law.
If you have any questions, please contact Oantaenius direct www.pantaenius.co.uk.
5 June 2012 Vladimir Ivankiv Good news on visiting Russia
Further to my earlier message regarding Russian Inland Waterways, enclosed are some more details. According to the latest Russian Government`s Order most of the Inland Waterways within Russian Federation, including Siberia and Far East are formally open to foreign flagged pleasure boats from the 25 May on.
You do not need to apply for a permit any longer. Meanwhile there are still lots of questions as regards practical things. I have attended some meetings with the Canal Authorities to try and clear some points of the new Law. As I could feel, the Administration of the Volgo-Balt Canal seem to be rather confused about some parts of the new law and so I can not comment on them before having received concrete instructions from Moscow.
To be able to sail through Russia on a foreign boat without a pilot, one is required to have a Russian speaking crew member on board, licensed to sail the boat. If one is planning to sail more than 12 hours a day one has to have two Russian speaking crew to be able to communicate with the locks` and bridges` operators. It is not clear how fluently one should speak to pass the test and who is supposed to be the “examiner”. There is a list of waterways, such as St. Petersburg bridges, in which compulsory pilotage is still required.
I keep investigating. Best wishes,Vladimir Ivankiv