The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced increases in port dues rates that will come into effect from next year.
In a statement issued today (8 April), the MPA said that increase will be implemented in two phases.
From 1 January 2022, vessels calling at the Port of Singapore to load/unload cargo or to embark/disembark passengers with port stays between two and four days will experience an increase in port dues of up to around 6%. However, vessels that stay in port for one day or less will not see any increase in port dues – and the MPA said this will ‘encourage quicker turnarounds so that the Port of Singapore can serve more ships’.
From 1 January 2023, the port dues rates for vessels that stay in port for one day or less for purposes including taking on bunker fuel and supplies, loading/unloading of cargoes, embarking/disembarking passengers, and changing crew will also increase.
The MPA said the rates increase will help meet the increased costs of operating and maintaining the Port of Singapore.