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The Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) is a authority and public enterprise with the vision of providing safe shipping lane service in a sustainable future through 24/7 high quality service. As part of this responsibility the SMA carries out Fairway service, Pilotage, Icebreaking, Search & Rescue, Maritime Traffic Information, and Hydrography.

As a governmental agency and enterprise the SMA is predominantly financed by fees from merchant shipping. These fees consist of fairway dues, pilot fees and fees for other services rendered such as providing nautical charts.

The SMA will introduce a new fee system for its fairway dues and pilot fees. It is the intention of the SMA to implement this new system on the 1st of January 2018.

The components of the system are shown in the illustration below. The fees for calls, readiness, pilot start and time based are divided into ten net tonnage segments (NT)1). The time based pilot fee is charged in half hour increments.


Illustration of the components which make up the new Swedish fairway due and pilot fee system

The pilot fee consists of a fixed start fee and a variable fee. The readiness fee covers the costs for the SMA to be able to provide pilotage 24/7 along the Swedish coastline, provided weather and visibility conditions permitting. The passenger and cargo fees are related to the vessels capability to charge its customers and are charged based on the quantity of passengers and tons of goods carried to/from port. The fees for calls depend on the number of calls for each month and the net tonnage segment of the vessel. Vessels making more than two calls per calendar month pay reduced fees for the following calls during that specific month. For the first two calls the vessel pays 100 %, the third 75 %, the fourth 50 %, the fifth 25 % of the fee for calls and readiness. All further calls during the month are exempt from readiness fee and fee for calls. The fees for calls are environmentally differentiated into four different classes. These classes depend on the verified scoring accordance to the Clean Shipping Index (CSI) for each vessel. If the verified score is less than 75 (D) or if the vessel has no scoring at all (E) they pay 100 %. Vessels which scores between 75-99 (C) pay 90 %, 100-124 (B) pay 30 % and 125-150 (A) pay 10 % of the fees for calls.

A guide regarding how to calculate and verify a vessel´s CSI score is found, and can be downloaded, at CSI´s website (https://www.cleanshippingindex.com/downloads). The two relevant documents are called “Methodology and Reporting Guidelines” and Verification Guidelines”.

A turnaround in a Swedish port made by a cruise vessel (a turnaround is defined as a port call where 90% or more of the passengers are exchanged) will receive a reduction of the vessel based, passenger and readiness fee. During 2018 the reduction will amount to 70%. This reduction will gradually decrease over the following three years.

Transit goods is defined as international goods which is unloaded in a Swedish port and loaded in another within three months without undergoing any work other than transport. Goods qualifying under the transit goods exemption there will be no goods based fee for the second loading,

For larger vessels (net tonnage class seven or larger) engaged in a regular and predetermined service to and from a remote zone, with a small unloaded amount of goods in Sweden and whose cargo loaded on the European side of the remote zone and unloaded at a Swedish location is minor may apply for a 75 percentage reduction of the vessel based fairway dues. A remote zone refers to the area of water that, from a shipping perspective, lies beyond the area bounded in the north by latitude 71ºN, in the west by longitude 32ºW, in the south by latitude 30ºN and in the east by longitude 42ºE,  

For pilotage in designated pilotage fairways in the Vänern pilotage area, there is a reduction of 30 percentages on the pilotage fees. For pilotage in designated pilotage fairways on Lake Mälaren, there is a reduction of 10 percentages on the pilotage fees.

This text serves as a short summary of the SMA fee structure and is only intended to provide an overview of said system. In order to determine a vessel’s fees and dues please refer to the appropriate SMA Code of Statutes. In case of dispute the Swedish version of the relevant Code of Statutes will be the basis for the decision.

1) Net tonnage (NT) has no unit and describes the volume of cargo spaces and/or passenger capacity in a vessel. It can never be less than 30 % of the gross tonnage (GT). The NT reflects the vessels capability to charge its customers better than GT.



Emelie Angberg
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