The Panama Canal plans to modify its tolls structure for all types of ships “to better serve the global maritime industry.”
For the dry bulk sector, the proposal offers matching the tolls charged to NeoPanamax ships carrying iron ore with the tolls assessed for grains and other dry bulk cargoes as well as a tariff increase for NeoPanamax dry bulk carriers transiting the Canal in ballast.
The toll charges in the passenger ship sector will be based on the maximum passenger capacity, and the unit of measurement, presently ‘per berth’ will be changed to ‘per passenger’. The Canal authority said this change “will make it easier for cruise lines to transfer costs to their customers.”
For container ships, the authority said the proposed changes “would offer more attractive rates for customers who benefit from the Canal’s Loyalty Programme.”