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02.01.2001

Below inflation increase for London charges

A below inflation increase in conservancy and pilotage charges from 1 January 2001 has been announced by the Board of the Port of London Authority (PLA).

Vessel and cargo conservancy charges have increased by 3%, while those for pilotage have risen by 1.5%. In general, other port related charges, with the exception of those relating to the PACE community network, have also increased by 3% in line with the conservancy charge.

In addition, a minimum charge of £10.00 has been introduced for vessel conservancy, while the "Tripping Charge", for those vessels using the Port under a Pilotage Exemption Certificate, has been increased from £11.50 to £15.75 per trip.

"Despite an increase in non-oil tonnage through the Port of London during the year 2000, the PLA Board has reluctantly found it necessary to increase conservancy and pilotage charges for the coming year," said PLA Chief Executive, Steve Cuthbert.

"Recognising the need to continue to invest in a navigational system, we reduced our administration costs throughout the past year to offset the revenue loss as a result of the closure of the Shell Haven oil refinery. This included relocating our London office into smaller accommodation; chartering out the "Royal Nore"; and accelerating our voluntary severance programme.

2 January 2001.

Contact PLA Press Office for further details : Geoff Adam/ Roger Mutton 020 7743 7900.