Hong Kong cuts harbour fees and charges

The Hong Kong Government has announced plans to reduce the harbour fees and charges of 27 marine-related services provided by the Marine Department.

According to a statement released by the department, this would come at a cost of US$2.2 million a year. If approved by the Legislative Council, the fees cuts would come into effect on July 10. The Hong Kong Government will also introduce another bill to update references in its existing ordinance in compliance with world marine safety regulations. The new Merchant Shipping (Safety) (Amendment) Bill 2009 is designed to ensure the timely implementation of international marine safety conventions under the Merchant Shipping (Safety) Ordinance. This will be introduced to Legislative Council on May 27.

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