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Annex -
Visakhapatnam Port TrustScale of Rates
SECTION 11.1. Definitions General
In this Scale of Rates unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions shall apply:(1). "Coastal vessel" shall mean any vessel exclusively employed in trading between any portor place in India to any other port or place in India having a valid coastal licence issued bythe competent authority.(2). "Cold move" shall mean without the power of the engine of the vessel.(3). "Day" shall mean the period starting from 6.00 A.M. of a day and ending at 6.00 A.M. onthe next day.(4). "Foreign-going vessel" shall mean any vessel other than Coastal vessel.(5). "Week” shall mean a period of 7 days.(6). “Hirer” shall mean all users of the port using any of the appliances of the Port.(7). "Month" shall mean the calendar month.(8). “POL” shall mean Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants and for the purpose of levy of vesselrelated charges alone, it will include LPG vessels also.(9). For the purpose of levying vessel related charges (excluding fishing vessels), “ResidualCategory” shall mean vessels other than iron ore and pellets (Mechanical handling) andPOL vessels.(10). “STS” charges mean Ship-to-Ship transfer charges.
1.2. General Terms & Conditions
(1). The status of the vessel, as borne out by its certification by the customs or DirectorGeneral of Shipping is the relevant factor to decide whether vessel is “coastal” or “foreign-going” for the purpose of levy of vessel-related charges, and the nature of cargo or itsorigin will not be of any relevance for this purpose.(2). (i). A foreign going vessel of Indian Flag having a General Trading Licence canconvert to Coastal run on the basis of a Customs Conversion Order.(ii). A foreign going vessel of Foreign Flag can convert to coastal run on the basis of aCoastal Voyage Licence issued by the Director General of Shipping.(iii). In cases of such conversion, coastal rates shall be chargeable by the load portfrom the time the vessel starts loading coastal goods.(iv). In cases of such conversion, Coastal rates shall be chargeable only till the vesselcompletes coastal cargo discharging operations, immediately thereafter foreigngoing rates shall be chargeable by the discharge ports.(iv). For dedicated Indian coastal vessels having a Coastal Licence from the DirectorGeneral of Shipping, no other document will be required to be entitled to Coastalrates.
(3). (i). Vessel related charges shall be levied on shipowners / Steamer Agents.Wherever rates have been denominated in US dollar terms the charges shall berecovered in Indian Rupees after conversion of US currency to its equivalentIndian Rupees at the Market Buying rate notified by the Reserve Bank of India,State Bank of India or its Associates or any other Public Sector Banks as may bespecified from time to time. The day of entry of the vessel into the port limit shallbe reckoned as the day for such conversion.(ii). In respect of storage charges on containers, the day of entry of the vessel in caseof Import containers; and the day of arrival of the containers into the port in caseof export containers shall be reckoned as the day for such conversion of dollardenominated charges.(iii). The day of entry of the vessel to be considered for conversion from dollardenominated tariff to rupee tariff in case of an import container de-stuffed andutilised immediately or after some period of time.(4). A regular review of exchange rate shall be made once in thirty days from the date of arrivalof the vessels in cases of vessels staying in the Port for a longer period. In such cases thebasis of billing shall change prospectively with reference to the appropriate exchange rateprevailing at the time of review.(5). (i). The vessel related charges for all coastal vessel should not exceed 60% of the corresponding charges for other vessels.(ii). The cargo/container related charges for all coastal cargo/containers, other thanthermal coal, POL (including crude oil) iron ore and Iron ore pellets should notexceed 60% of the normal charges cargo/container related charges.(iii). In case of cargo related charges, the concessional rates should be levied on allthe relevant handling charges for ship shore transfer and transfer from/to quayto/from storage yard including wharfage.(iv). In case of container related charges, the concession is applicable on compositebox rate. Where itemised charges are levied, the concession will on all therelevant charges for ship shore transfer and transfer from to quay to/from storageyard as well as wharfage on cargo and containers.(v). Cargo/container from a foreign port which reaches an Indian Port “A” - forsubsequent transhipment to Indian Port “B” - will be levied the concession chargesrelevant for its coastal voyage. In other words, cargo/containers from/to IndianPorts carried by vessels permitted to undertake coastal voyage will qualify for theconcession.(vi). The charges for coastal cargo / containers / vessels shall be denominated andcollected in Indian rupee.(6). Interest on delayed payments / refunds.(i). The user shall pay penal interest on delayed payments of any charge under thisScale of Rates. The rate of interest will be 14.75% per annum(ii). Like wise, the Port Trust shall pay penal interest on delayed refunds. The rate ofinterest will be 14.75% per annum(iii). The delay in refunds by the Port will be counted beyond 20 days from the date ofcompletion of services or on production of all the documents required from theuser whichever is later.(iv). The delay in payments by the users will be counted beyond 10 days after the dateof despatching the bills by the Port Trust. This provision shall, however, not applyto the cases where payment is to be made before availing the services/ use of
Port Trust’s properties as stipulated in the MPT Act 1963 and / or where paymentof charges in advance is prescribed as a condition in the Scale of Rates.(7). For the purpose of calculating the dues, the unit by weight shall be 1 tonne or 1,000kilograms, the unit by volume measurement shall be 1 cubic metre and the unit bycapacity measurement for liquids in bulk shall be 1000 litres.(8). In calculating the gross weight or measurement by volume or capacity of any individualitem, fractions upto and inclusive 0.5 shall be taken as 0.5 unit and fractions of above 0.5shall be treated as one unit, except where otherwise specified.(9). All charges worked out shall be rounded off to the next higher rupee on the grand total ofeach bill.(10). No refund shall be made if the amount refundable is less than
100. This limit of
100shall also be applied for supplementary claims for under charges.(11). In case of damages to crafts, equipments, tools and plants, the hirer shall depositanticipated amount for all such charges for damages as assessed by the Port immediatelyon receipt of the demand, pending determination of the actual charges. In case of totalloss, the hirer shall deposit the book value or market value of the crafts or appliances orproperties of the Port whichever is higher. The port shall refund the cost of damagereceived from the insurance company on admittance of its claim to the hirer from whomthe cost of damage of the equipment was recovered.(12). The rates prescribed in the Scale of Rates are ceiling levels: likewise, rebates anddiscounts are floor levels. The Port Trust may, if it so desires, charge lower rates and / orallow higher rebates and discounts.The Port Trust may also, if it so desires rationalise the prescribed conditionalitiesgoverning the application of rates prescribed in the Scale of Rates if such rationalisationgives relief to the user in rate per unit and the unit rates prescribed in the Scale of Ratesdo not exceed the ceiling levels.The Port Trust should, however, notify the public such lower rates and / or rationalisationof the conditionalities governing the application of such rates and continue to notify thepublic any further changes in such lower rates and / or in the conditionalties governing theapplication of such rates provided the new rates fixed shall not exceed the rates notified bythe TAMP.(13). The rates in the SOR are applicable only to the services provided by the Port. Theservices offered by any other authorised service provider are not governed by these ratesand conditions.(14). All goods landed within the limits of the Port shall be assessed on import application andthe fees shall be paid before the goods are removed.(15). All goods intended for shipment shall be assessed on export application and the fees shallbe paid before the goods are shipped.(16). Transhipment shall be mean transfer of cargo directly from one vessel to another vessel orlanded from a vessel and subsequently shipped to another vessel for further discharge atother ports.(17). Lighterage shall mean transfer of cargo directly from one vessel to another vessel / craft / barge for further discharge at the same Port.(18). The users shall not be required to pay charges for delays beyond a reasonable levelattributable to the VPT.

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