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Perth Harbour Schedule of Charges

1 April 2021 - 31 March 2022


Port Information

Definitions and Interpretation

Schedule A - Rates and Duties Leviable on Vessels at the Port and Harbour of Perth

Schedule B - Rates and Duties Leviable on Commodities at the Port and Harbour of Perth - Imported or Exported

Schedule C - Sundry Charges Leviable on Vessels and in Respect of Services provided at the Port and Harbour of Perth

Schedule D - Charges for Registered Passenger Vessels carrying less than 12 passengers at the Port and Harbour of Perth

Schedule E - Charges for Pilotage services engaged at the Port of Perth

General Terms and Conditions


This booklet sets out the charges for Perth Harbour set by Perth and Kinross Council as statutory harbour authority and competent harbour authority (CHA) in respect of rates and duties on vessels and commodities, sundry charges, charges for registered passengers and pilotage services.

The terms and conditions set out at the end of this booklet determine the basis upon which Perth Harbour's facilities may be used and Perth Harbour's marine services are provided. The terms and conditions also set out the circumstances under which payments are due to Perth and Council or its agent and establish liability for payment of these charges.

The charges shall apply for the period from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022. All initial bookings will be required to be confirmed in writing in the form of the Forth Ports Proposed Vessel Movement Form before the services are required. This form can be found on the Forth Ports website for Forth & Tay Navigation Services (FTNS).

The agency making the booking and confirming it in writing will be the sole agency responsible for the payment of invoices relating to the services booked and provided.

By making the confirmed booking the agency are confirming that they have sufficient funds from their principle to cover the cost of the services provided.

Should there be a dispute as to the accuracy of the invoice, the agency shall raise this concern with Perth and Kinross Council or its agent immediately and certainly within the 30 days payment period. Such notification shall clearly state the reason for disputing the invoice.

In the event of the above conditions not being met or invoices not being paid in full within the stipulated time as stated on the invoice the agency concerned may have future bookings for Marine Operations refused.

Port Information

Maximum length of vessels accepted 100 metres - acceptance at sole discretion of Harbour Master. Ample cranes with safe working loads of up to 40 tonnes are available together with mobile handling equipment suitable for all types of cargoes. Fresh water is available at all berths - stores and fuel can be arranged by the agents.

Perth harbour is very convenient for the motorway network to all parts of Scotland. The Port is owned by Perth & Kinross Council and operated by its agent, CalMac Ferries Ltd under contract to PKC. PKC are the navigation authority for the River Tay between the Perth Railway bridge (located City Centre) and Balmerino. The Harbour Office arranges pilotage in line with Pilotage Directions to and from Dundee and monitors VHF Channel 09. Vessels transiting within the Perth Harbour Limits will report their presence to the Harbour Office within 24-hours of arrival and comply with any berthing or anchoring instructions given.

Definitions and Interpretation


The designated person or agency held responsible for handling shipments and cargo, and the general interests of its customers, at ports and harbours worldwide, on behalf of ship owners, managers, and charterers.


Any fuel for the use in main engines or auxiliary motors


Competent Harbour Authority in terms of the Pilotage Act 1987

Chargeable Tonnes

(a) In the case of dry cargo vessels/barges and oil, chemical and gas tankers shall be the vessel's DWT;
(b) In the case of passenger vessels, replenishment vessels and other non-cargo carrying vessels shall be the Gross Tonnage x 1.54;
(c) In the case of warships shall be the loaded displacement tonnage x 1.54;

Compulsory Pilotage Area

The area designated as such by Pilotage Directions issued by Perth and Kinross Council as CHA from time to time


Piloting vessels into or out of all tidal or closed docks, harbours, basins, piers, alongside other vessels and to and from mooring buoys.


The weight in metric tonnes of cargo, stores, fuel, passengers and crew carried by a vessel when loaded to her maximum summer load line


Estimated time of arrival


Estimated time of departure


Means the River Tay under the jurisdiction of Perth and Kinross Council


General Directions for Navigation as issued from time to time by Perth and Kinross Council


Gross Tonnage (ICT1969)


International Tonnage Certificate 1969


Area provided a pilot is engaged from berth to berth


A pilotage exemption certificate

Replenishment vessel

A naval auxiliary ship with fuel tanks and dry cargo holds which can supply fuel, dry stores and armaments to warships


A platform that floats supported by underwater pontoons


Harbour Authority in terms of the Harbours Act 1964


Shifting within the harbour


Every description of watercraft, however propelled or moved, and includes a hovercraft, a hydrofoil vessel and anything (whether in or under water) constructed or used to carry person or goods by water and a seaplane
on or in the water and includes any dracone or floating dock, crane rig or other floating plant, offshore rig or semisubmersibles.


A ship belonging to the armed forces of a nation bearing the external markings distinguishing the character and nationality of such ships, under the command of an officer duly commissioned by the government of that nation, whose name appears in the appropriate service list of officers, and is manned by a crew that is under regular armed forces discipline


In this document:
(a) Reference to boarding and landing shall be to the use of a pilot boat to transport a pilot to or from any vessel. A trip from the pilot station to the vessel or from the vessel to the pilot station shall be deemed to be a single trip and charged accordingly.
(b) Reference to charges are exclusive of value added tax (if applicable) at the applicable rate from time to time.

Schedule A
Rates and Duties Leviable on Vessels at the Port and Harbour of Perth

Harbour Dues

2021 (per Gross Tonne)

All vessels to or from all destinations out with the precincts of the River Tay


All vessels employed in the River Tay carrying goods and entering the precincts of the Port of Perth


All vessels employed in the RiveConservancy Duesr Tay only and carrying passengers (>12 passengers) and their luggage exclusively



Conservancy Dues

2021 (per Gross Tonne)

Buoy dues on all vessels to or from any Port or beyond the River Tay in ballast or laden.


Buoy dues on all vessels to or from any Port or place within the River Tay



a) It shall be in the option of Perth and Kinross Council to charge the above dues on the voyage inwards or outwards at the rates specified.


Schedule B
Rates and Duties Leviable on Commodities at the Port and Harbour of Perth - Imported or Exported



All animal feed stuffs




Coal, coke and patent fuels


Corn and cereals






General Cargo


Metals - iron and steel


Metals - scrap


Marble and granite chips


Ores, crude materials including barytes and road salt


Paper pulp and newsprint


Potatoes, onions and other vegetables


Timber and all Forest Products


Timber - Softwood for pulping



a) All other commodities, goods and articles not specified above, shall be chargeable in proportion to other goods of similar bulk and value.
b) The Tonne designated above is the tonne of 1,000kgs or, in cases where weight cannot be established, of 40 cubic feet.


Schedule C
Sundry Charges Leviable on Vessels and in Respect of Services Provided at the Port and Harbour of Perth 



1. Water Charge
a) Charge for supplying fresh water to vessels
b) Charge for water equipment miss use and/or non-return

a) £2 per cu.m.
Minimum Charge £40
b) £50.00

2. ISPS Charge
a) Implementation of ISPS (temporary restricted area)
b) ISPS administration charge (all ISPS vessels)

a) £75
b) £25

3. Waste Charge
a) General Waste
b) Special Waste (oil, filters, paint)
c) Food Waste

a) £40 per vessel call
b) Full recovery plus 10%
c) Full recovery plus 10%

4. Harbour charge on the delivery of gas, oil or any other type of fuel for the propulsion of the vessel.

65p per cu.m.

5. Charge for berthage of any vessel in the Harbour remaining beyond a period of 24 hours after completing discharge, permission for such berthage being at the sole discretion of the Harbour Master.

£1.50 per gross tonne per week or part thereof

6. Charge for berthage of vessels laid up within the Harbour precincts, permission being at the sole discretion of the Harbour Master.

£1.50 per gross tonne per week or part thereof

7. Charge for quay storage, permission for such storage being at the sole discretion of the Harbour Master

Price on Application

8. Washing of quays

£20 per hour + water rate
(see 1a above)

9. a) Passenger boarding/disembarking within the Perth Harbour jurisdiction
b) Passenger safety & security charge

a) £0.50 per person
b) Full recovery plus 10 % administration charge

10. a) Boatman/mooring charge 0800 Monday to 1800 Friday
b) Boatman/mooring charge 1800 Friday to 0800 Monday

a) £30 per boatman
b) £40 per boatman
(min charge two boatman)

11. a) Tug Assistance for berthing (at discretion of Pilot or Harbour Master)
(compulsory for vessels over 90m in length)
b) Tug Assistance - Emergency Call Out (restricted availability)

a) £950 per movement
b) £2000 per movement

12. Overnight Laydown of vehicles on site (Traffic Management)

Price on Application

13. Staffing (Harbours) per hour - Consultation/Project Fee

Pier Hand - £27.2/h
Supervisor - £37.16/h
Manager - £50.68/h


Schedule D
Charges for Registered Passenger Vessels carrying less than 12 passengers at the Port and Harbour of Perth

Composite Rate - includes berthing dues, passenger/crew dues, landing dues, bunker delivery (does NOT include the cost of bunkers) and water dues, where available.

Additional charges for goods and materials either shipped or landed will be payable under Schedule C of the PKC Schedule of Charges.

The composite rates will only be granted subject to the following conditions:


  • The vessel must be a registered and licenced passenger vessel;

  • Proof of vessel insurance must be produced prior to granting of a composite rate;

  • A composite rate will not be agreed where there are outstanding sums due to PKC out with normal settlement terms or where a vessel has regularly been in arrears during the previous 12 months;

  • Composite tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable;

  • Charges will be due for payment in full at the commencement of the composite berthing period.

  • Owners changing vessels part way through the season will be charged at a pro rata rate for the appropriate periods for each vessel;

  • Part refunds will not be given for early departure from any facility.

Charges are based on length of vessel as detailed below -

Vessel Length

Per Call

1 Month

6 Months

12 Months


0M - 9.9M






10M - 12.5M






Further details on composite tickets can be obtained from the Harbour Office

Schedule E
Charges for Pilotage services engaged at the Port of Perth

Pursuant to Section 10 of the Pilotage Act 1987, Perth and Kinross Council as CHA for the Compulsory Pilotage Area hereby make the following list of pilotage charges:

Pilot charge Length Overall (L.O.A)
(charge per act)

£5.05 per metre



Transport charges
(charged per act)




Late cancellation


within 3 hours of advised Perth Pilot Boarding Time

100% of charge

within 12 hours (arrival only) on advised Perth Pilot boarding time

50% of charge



Detention on board
(per hour or part thereof)




Berth Shift within the Port

75% of length charge + Expenses


Conditions of Service
These terms and conditions are without prejudice to any rights and remedies or defences or limitations of liability available to Perth and Kinross Council or its agent under any statutory provision in force, or under any bye-law published by Perth and Kinross Council, from time to time.

1. Payment of Charges

1.1 Charges shall be in accordance with this booklet
1.2 The minimum charge length is 75 metres Length Overall (L.O.A.)
1.3 Charges shall be paid immediately against the invoice issued by Perth and Kinross Council or its agent. Perth and Kinross Council or its agent may require payment prior to the removal of goods and/or a vessel.
1.4 Additional charges may accrue on any sum not paid within 30 days of the date of the invoice.
1.5 All charges shall be paid in full without any retention or set-off and notwithstanding any claim or counter claim against Perth and Kinross Council or its agent.
1.6 Perth and Kinross Council or its agents may require a deposit or other financial security in respect of any charges relating to facilities or marine services to be provided.
1.7 When transit has to be aborted on any part of the river, for whatever reason, full charges outlined above shall apply.

2. Lien and Power to Collect Charges Raised
2.1 By virtue of the Harbours Docks and Piers Act 1847 section 44, Perth and Kinross Council may recover rates payable to them in respect of a ship by distraint and sale of the ship and its tackle.
2.2 Under section 45 of the same Act the Authority is empowered to recover rates due to them in respect of any goods by distraint and sale either of those goods or any other goods held on harbour premises belonging to the person/s liable for payment of the dues.
2.3 Perth and Kinross Council or its agent shall have a general lien on goods and/or vessels for payments of all charges due in respect of such goods or vessel.

3. Persons Liable for Charges
3.1 The following persons are liable for the payment of the charges set out in this booklet:
(a) the owner of ship (including the owner, agent, charterer or consignee or other person in charge of the vessel);
(b) the shipper of the goods;
(c) the owner of the goods;
(d) the consignee of the goods; and
(e) anyone shipping or taking delivery of goods on behalf of the owner, supplier or consignee.

4. Pilot Services and Pilot Boat Transfer
4.1 All vessels over 40m shall engage the services of Perth Pilots.
4.2 All passenger vessels carrying 12 passengers, or more, shall engage the services of Perth Pilots.
4.3 Pilot transfer undertaken by Forth Ports Ltd and charges paid direct to Port of Dundee.

5. Liability
5.1 Perth and Kinross Council or its agent shall be exempt from all liability whatever for any delay, loss or damage arising directly or indirectly as a result of any of the following:
(a) Act of God, storm, tempest or flood;
(b) Fire, explosion or impact by aircraft;
(c) The failure of the Entrance Lock mechanism serving impounded dock systems;
(d) Non-availability of pilots;
(e) Strikes, combinations, lockouts, go-slows, stoppages or other industrial action or dispute by any person, whether official or unofficial;
(f) Civil commotion;
(g) Restrictions imposed by Her Majesty's Government or by any person acting under statutory powers;
(h) Acts of Foreign Governments or Her Majesty's enemies;
(i) Theft or wilful damage, howsoever caused; or
(j) Late receipt of Customs entries or landing orders, or other documents, disputes in respect of documents, or declarations made for entry purposes by or on behalf of any person, delay in passing Customs entries or obtaining clearance of goods.

6. No Gross Tonnage
6.1 Registration is a legal requirement for merchant ships over 15 gross tons. As from the 18 July 1994 Ship Tonnage Measurements must comply with the International Tonnage Convention 1969 (ITC69).
6.2 At the discretion of the Harbour Master any vessel not having an ITC 69 Certificate will be charged based upon an estimated Gross Tonnage or alternatively, the Overall Length (metres), as applicable.
6.3 Any estimate of the rateable tonnage will be based on an assessment of the gross tonnage, as determined by the Harbour Master or appropriate representatives of the Harbour Authority with reference to the vessel's registered or other characteristics.

7. VAT
7.1 Dues and charges listed in this schedule are exclusive of VAT which will be added at the prevailing rate as appropriate.
7.2 VAT Zero Rating only applies where the vessels are 'qualifying ships'. A 'qualifying ship' is legally defined as any ship of a gross tonnage of not less than 15 tonnes and neither designed nor adapted for recreation or pleasure.

8. Explosives
8.1 It is prohibited for any vessel to carry explosives into any harbour unless that harbour is licensed to handle explosives under the Dangerous Goods in Harbour Areas Regulations 2016 or, unless the Harbour Master has given prior permission for the vessel to enter.

9. Jurisdiction
9.1 These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Scotland.


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