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Fees for cruise ship berths and moorings in Sydney Harbour under review

Fees for cruise ship berths and moorings in Sydney Harbour under review

The strong growth in cruise ship visits to Sydney and limited infrastructure has led the New South Wales Government’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal to review charges by the Port Authority.

IPART chairman Dr Peter Boxall said it will aim to recommend charges that reflect the efficient cost of providing services to cruise ships, that encourage efficient use of port infrastructure and that maintain the commercial viability of the Port Authority of NSW.

IPART will also recommend how the charges should be updated annually to increase certainty for both the cruise industry and the Port Authority.

‘The review will consider the charges and experiences in other national and international jurisdictions, what benefits the cruise industry delivers to the NSW economy and the effect any recommendations may have on the viability and growth of the industry,’ Boxall said.

The Maximum fees and charges for cruise ships in Sydney Harbour - Issues Paper sets out the proposed approach for the review, identifies the issues on which stakeholder comment is being sought, and how stakeholders can provide input.

Submissions to the Issues Paper will be received until April 22.

Further submissions will be sought after a draft report is released in June, with final recommendations to be made to the NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight by the end of September.

 A copy of the Issues Paper and information about how to make submissions can be found on the IPART website (www.ipart.nsw.gov.au)

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