Effective January 1, 2017

 

HOUSTON PILOTS 2017 TARIFF

 

The Rates for Pilotage on the Houston Ship Channel to or from the Houston Ship Channel and sea or Bolivar Roads are as follows commencing January 1, 2017.

 

 

 

I.           DRAFT RATES         

 ZONES

40 Ft & Under Over 40 Ft
1.  Sea - To and Including Barbours Cut...........................…….. 78.80 85.40
2.  Baytown - To and Including Lynchburg……………….…..... 80.18 160.37
3.  Above Lynchburg - To and Including Shell………………..... 81.57 163.15
4.  Above Shell - To and Including Targa..…………………….. 82.90 165.80
5.  Above Targa - To and Including U.S. Gypsum……………... 84.34 168.70
6.  Above U.S. Gypsum - To and Including Turning Basin……. 85.70 -

 

 The over 40 feet rate applies to the entire draft of vessels with a draft over 40 feet.

 

Vessels 450 feet and over will be charged for Minimum Draft of 24 feet.

 

II         UNIT RATES

 

In addition to the draft charge vessels will pay a unit charge. The unit charge equals the units of a vessel times the unit rate. The units of a vessel are determined by multiplying the vessels's length overall in feet times the vessel's extreme breadth in feet, divided by 100. The length overall is the distance between the forward and after extremities of the vessel. The extreme breadth is the maximum breadth between the outside of the shell platings of the vessel. The unit rates are as follows:

 

Units

Unit rate

Units

Cost per Units

Units

Unit rate

0-200

1.545

1101-1150

4.225

1651-1700

6.432

201-300

1.545

1151-1200

4.241

1701-1750

6.522

301-400

1.545

1201-1250

5.620

1751-1800

6.613

401-500

2.060

1251-1300

5.711

1801-1850

6.703

501-600

2.060

1301-1350

5.802

1851-1900

6.792

601-700

2.060

1351-1400

5.892

1901-2000

6.882

701-800

2.223

1401-1450

5.981

2001-2100

7.159

801-900

2.515

1451-1500

6.070

2101-2200

7.438

901-1000

3.085

1501-1550

6.161

2201-2300

7.716

1001-1050

3.195

1551-1600

6.252

2301-2400

7.995

1051-1100

3.858

1601-1650

6.342

2401-over

8.273

 

 The minimum draft charge plus the unit charge is $2,049.62.

                                                           

III        RATES FOR SHIFTING

The charge for shifting is the total of a zone charge and a unit charge. A movement to or out of Bayport is a transit and is not a shift.

The shifting zones are:

 

1.                  Barbours Cut → Baytown

2.                  Baytown → Lynchburg

3.                  Lynchburg → Shell

4.                  Shell → Targa

5.                  Targa → U.S. Gypsum

6.                  U.S. Gypsum → Turning Basin

 

a.  SHIFTING RATE PER ZONE

 

The charge based on zones for shifting depends on the number of zones the vessel is in

during the shift, as follows:

 

Confined to (1) Zone ...................................................$1,209.66

  Using        (2) Zones ................................................... $1,330.55

  Using        (3) Zones ................................................... $1,451.52

  Using        (4) Zones ................................................... $1,572.50

  Using        (5) Zones ................................................... $1,693.46

  Using        (6) Zones ................................................... $1,814.37

 

b.  Unit Shifting charge

 

Units are defined in Section II. the unit charge for shifting is the units multiplied by the following rate:

 

Units

Unit rate

Units

Unit rate

Units

Unit rate

0-200

0.000

701-800

1.935

1301-1400

3.850

201-300

0.325

801-900

2.254

1401-1500

4.168

301-400

0.649

901-1000

2.573

1501-1600

4.488

401-500

0.971

1001-1100

2.892

1601-1700

4.806

501-600

1.290

1101-1200

3.210

1701-1800

5.126

601-700

1.618

1201-1300

3.531

1801-over

5.446

 

Minimum shifting charge is $1,369.37

 

IV        DEAD SHIPS

 

The charge for dead ships is double the regular pilot charge or shifting charge.

 

V         ANCHORAGE AT BOLIVAR ROADS

 

An Anchorage Fee of $728.34 is charged in addition to the regular pilotage fee for moving a ship from anchorage to port or from the port to anchorage; and in addition to the regular pilotage fee for moving a ship from the sea buoy to anchorage in Bolivar roads of from anchorage in Bolivar Roads to the sea buoy.

 

VI        DETENTION



When a pilot is ordered but the vessel is not ready to be moved when ordered, the following charge will apply unless the delay is caused by weather.

The shifting zones are:

 

ON DOCK      After 30 minutes $450.00

 

ON BAR         After one hour         $450.00

 

There is no detention or cancellation charge if the vessel is on an automatic order and the delay is attributable to a vessel occupying the intended berth.

 

VII      CHARGE FOR FAILURE TO TIMELY DISCHARGE PILOT AND HOLDING CHARGES

 

The standard rate for holding a pilot other than failure to timely discharge a pilot is

$450.00 per hour

 

Transit time will be billed to all vessels requesting or requiring a pilot to slow down or hold a vessel for any reason other than weather such as the availibility of dock or mechanical difficulties. Holding in transit will not be charged when delays are attributable to weather including foggy conditions, or waiting on tug boats.

 

Holding a pilot on the vessel during arrivals at the dock, any time over 35 minutes after first line will be billed at $200 for the first ten minutes, and then $200 per five minutes with a maximum of $1,200 until pilot away.

 

When tows require over seven hours of transit time (boarding to first line; last line to pilot off), the holding rate applies in addition to normal pilotage fees.

 

When vessels movments require over seven hours of transit time (boarding to first line; last line to pilot off), the holding rate applies in addition to normal pilotage fees.

 

VIII     CANCELLATIONS

 

For those vessels electing automatic ordering at the beginning of a calendar quarter a charge of $250 per movement will apply. Vessels may opt in or out at the end of each quarter. Automatic ordering procedures are in a test phase, so the requirements for, and procedures of, automatic ordering may be changed to improve the efficiency and the utilization of pilot time.

 

Nonparticipating vessels are under no obilgation to particpate but will be subject to cancellation charges when a pilot is ordered and then the order is cancelled.

 

2 HRS 1 HR
AT DOCK $500 $1,000
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4 HRS 2 HR
ON BAR $750 $1,500

 

IX         SPECIAL TARIFF CLAUSE

 

The rates for Pilotage Services for vessels of unusual size or construction or with unusual maneuvering characteristics, or with restricted vision, or other services not covered herein shall be by Specific Agreement made before movement.

           

 

X         SECOND PILOT REQUIREMENTS

 

Requirements for two pilot jobs are specified in the Houston Pilot Navigational Safety Guidelines incorporated herein by reference. The rate for the second pilot is the same as the first.

 

XI        PORT COMMUNICATIONS

 

A charge for each move of $210.00 will be charged for port communications.

 

XII     TRANSPORTATION

 

A charge for each move and each cancellation of $89.24 – which will be adjusted each year based on actual fuel costs incurred for the preceding year.

 

XIII      SHORT NOTICE CHARGE

 

If a vessel requests a move with less than four hours notice, there will be an additional $230 charge for the move.

 

XIV      PILOT BOAT CAPITAL FUND

 

Charge for each inbound, as well as for each outbound movement (called “per movement”) which involves the use of a pilot boat. Said per movement charge shall be paid into a fund to be used for payment of a new vessel(s). Said fund is to be accounted for and to be kept in a specific account. The monies from said fund shall be used only for paying for the purchase of a new pilot boat(s), or to pay for the retirement of the indebtedness incurred due to the construction of said vessel(s). Any funds received for the sale of boats being replaced will be applied to this account and reduce the funding total needed. Once the agreed to funding total is met the charge will cease. Per movement charge is $162.

 

XV      PILOT INFORMATION AND OUTREACH

 

Pilots will continue to investigate technologies and procedures to increase efficiency. Pilots will hosts quarterly outreach meetings.

 

XVI     CUSTOMER INQUIRIES

 

For questions concerning Invoices or Billing Issues please email accounting_hp@houston-pilots.com for assistance.

Our Presiding Officer is also available at ext. 504 or our Controller, Shelly Butler, at sbutler@houston-pilots.com or ext. 507 to discuss billing issues where further review is desired.

 

 

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