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Jason the Maverick

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Proposal to increase harbour dues
« on: September 28, 2008, 12:05:26 PM »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/7639228.stm

Jersey's Economic Development Department is asking the States to agree to increase the dues people pay to use the harbour.

It wants to put the prices up for arriving and departing passengers and vehicles on commercial ferries by 2.5%.

Leisure dues for users of marinas and moorings would also see an increase in fees of about 3.9%, in line with the island's Retail Price Index.

If approved, the States would receive an additional £140,000 income a year.

Cruise liners and their passengers are also facing increases in charges if the proposals go ahead, with passengers on cruise ships facing being charged an extra £3 to visit the island.

And the harbour and light dues for cruise liners would be increased by 3.9%.

So even more to pay to get a boat out in the morning
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Offline moot

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Re: Proposal to increase harbour dues
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008, 03:43:07 PM »
This is silly
I worked with and for several local ferry companies and it always amazed me how much of the fares were harbour dues, even for a simple daytrip
They might actually have helped in HD's decision to pack up early and will be one when deciding to come back
We subsidies airlines to the tune of perhaps £5 million per year to get new business and we are killing business at the sea end. Doesn't make sense !
As P Ozouf is on here perhaps he can tell us the present Jersey taxes for  foot passengers and cars and also the St Malo and UK port taxes so we can all see how much of our fares goes on tax ( Transparency ! )
There used to be a harbour master and deputy harbour master. Now there are executives etc and I suppose salaries have to go with the titles...

Offline Pomme de terre

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Re: Proposal to increase harbour dues
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008, 12:13:49 AM »
Don't forget their unrealistic final salary pensions schemes...

Offline The Rev Peter Sarkey

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Re: Proposal to increase harbour dues
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008, 02:57:41 PM »
Dont forget the commercial manager either!
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Re: Proposal to increase harbour dues
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008, 05:09:59 PM »
when ever I go to the harbour it's a dead place,  "nothing going on"
why dont they leave the local boat owners alone and concentrate on commercial shipping?

Offline The Rev Peter Sarkey

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Re: Proposal to increase harbour dues
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2008, 05:46:33 PM »
A sensible answer would be to ask the Commercial Manager this question. Problem is though he lives in France and wouldn't know a commercial deal if you belted him over the head with it!
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Re: Proposal to increase harbour dues
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2008, 11:57:26 PM »
This is a seriously mistaken strategy. On grounds of both energy (fossil fuel)consumption and C02 emissions, boats and ships beat aircraft hands down. If you are concerned about the implications of peak oil, or the prognosis for climate chaos, you would do all you could to get people to use the harbour in preferance to the airport.  Yet we 'subsidise' flights and raise the cost fo using shipping. Utter nuts.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2008, 11:59:22 PM by Mark Forskitt »