Regulations on pilotage service charges in Vietnam as of July 1, 2024

Regulations on pilotage service charges in Vietnam as of July 1, 2024
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The content is mentioned in Circular 12/2024/TT-BGTVT dated May 15, 2024 on mechanisms and policies for management of service charges at Vietnamese seaports, issued by the Minister of Transport of Vietnam.

Regulations on pilotage service charges in Vietnam as of July 1, 2024

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Regulations on pilotage service charges in Vietnam as of July 1, 2024

Article 8 of Circular 12/2024/TT-BGTVT stipulates the pilotage service charges in Vietnam as of July 1, 2024 as follows:

(1) Gross tonnage (GT) is one of the fundamental units for pricing of pilotage service, where:

- The gross tonnage of a vessel carrying liquid cargo  shall be 85% of the maximum GT shown in the certificate issued by a registry issued to the vessel as per regulations, regardless of the availability of ballast tanks on such vessel;

- The gross tonnage of a passenger vessel  shall be 50% of the maximum GT shown in the certificate issued by a registry to the vessel as per regulations.

(2) A carrier has to notify the pilotage organization at least 06 hours prior to its use of the maritime pilotage service and at least 24 hours prior to its use of the pilotage service at an offshore oil rig.  In case of change in pilotage time or cancellation of pilotage service, the carrier must inform the pilotage organization at least 03 hours before the intended time, or 08 hours in case of an offshore oil rig.

(3) If the pilot is retained after completing the pilotage, the captain of the vessel shall incur an additional wait charge for the duration during which the pilot is retained.

(4) If the pilot has boarded the vessel but cancel the request of pilotage service, the vessel shall be subject to 80% of the charge for pilotage service commensurate with the requested distance of pilotage according to the charge.

(55) The charge for pilotage service for a vessel on a voyage to test its machinery or to calibrate its compass shall be 110% of the maximum charge in a given decision of the Minister of Transport.

(6) In case a vessel is inoperable due to technical issues and a tugboat has to be used, the charge for pilotage service shall be 150% of the maximum charge in a given decision of the Minister of Transport.

(7) The charge for pilotage service requested ad hoc shall be 110% of the maximum charge in a given decision of the Minister of Transport.

(8) The pilotage charge for a vessel that moves between the wharves in a port at the request of the director of the port company shall apply the pilotage charges for maritime vessels moving within a port.

(9) The pilotage charge for a vessel that enters and exits a maritime zone for fuel, food, drinking water, crew replacement, repair, dismantling or test run shall be 70% of the maximum charge in a given decision of the Minister of Transport.

According to Circular 39/2023/TT-BGTVT, the determination of pilotage service charge is as follows:

(i) The maritime pilotage service charge is levied per pilotage trip and equal to (=)the pilotage service charge specified in Articles 8 and 9 of this Circular multiplied by (x) the distance of pilotage multiplied by (x) the gross tonnage of a vessel. Regarding Article 8.6 and Article 9.1, the maritime pilotage service charge shall be equal to (=) the pilotage service charge multiplied by (x) the gross tonnage of the vessel.

(ii) If the pilotage service charge calculated as prescribed in Clause 1 of this Article is lower than the minimum charge for a pilotage trip, the minimum charge for a pilotage trip defined in Article 8 and Article 9 of this Circular shall apply.

(iii) Gross tonnage (GT) is one of the fundamental units for pricing of pilotage service, where:

- The gross tonnage of a vessel carrying liquid cargo shall be 85% of the maximum GT shown in the certificate issued by a registry issued to the vessel as per regulations, regardless of the availability of ballast tanks on such vessel;

- The gross tonnage of a passenger vessel shall be 50% of the maximum GT shown in the certificate issued by a registry to the vessel as per regulations.

(Article 10 of Circular 39/2023/TT-BGTVT)

More details can be found in Circular 12/2024/TT-BGTVT effective from July 1, 2024 and replacing Circular 39/2023/TT-BGTVT.

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