Larger boats could pay more fees in 'blanket' pricing system

OWNERS of vessels that require fewer regulatory services could pay more for the fact they are larger, if one of the nation's chief maritime authority's pricing structures gets the go-ahead.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority has called on owners of commercial vessels from jet-skis to cargo ships to weigh in on a new pricing system for regulatory services.

The LNG Tanker Methane Mickie Harper on its way to be the second ship filled by QCLNG, January 2015.
The LNG Tanker Methane Mickie Harper on its way to be the second ship filled by QCLNG, January 2015. Mike Richards GLA080115QLNG

AMSA has proposed two models for the pricing, one a "simple" system based on the ship's length and the other a "complicated" tiered one. 

AMSA said the first model's disadvantage was that it charged larger vessels more without taking into account the number of regulatory services they needed. The second charges owners based on the risk profile of their vessels.

"It eliminates the blanket assumption underlying model one, that all vessels present an equal risk, except for their length," AMSA's information booklet states.


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