Argentina cuts port fees in bid for a million cruisers

Three MSC Cruises ships carrying a total of 12,000 passengers visited the Port of Buenos Aires on Dec. 27 Three MSC Cruises ships carrying a total of 12,000 passengers visited the Port of Buenos Aires on Dec. 27

In cutting costs and adding benefits for lines and passengers, Argentina Transport Minister Guillermo Dietrich aims for the ports of Buenos Aires, Madryn and Ushuaia to reach a total of 1m cruisers next season.

Dietrich announced his vision on Wednesday, when three MSC Cruises ships carrying a total of 12,000 passengers were alongside at the Port of Buenos Aires.

During the current 2017/18 season, Buenos Aires, Madryn and Ushuaia are handling 600,000 cruisers.

Port of Buenos Aires comptroller Gonzalo Mórtola released a multifacted measure to cut costs that includes a 100% bonus for port services and passenger fees by the AGPSE-Buenos Aires Port for ships longer than 315 meters during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, to encourage lines to send newer and larger ships.

In addition, for the 2018/19 cruise season the head tax will be reduced by US$1, to $3, applicable to all cruise ships calling at the Port of Buenos Aires.

Posted 28 December 2017

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Anne Kalosh

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