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Perth Harbour
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Perth Harbour

Port Charges April 2020


Schedule A

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

Harbour Dues


(per Gross Tonne)

All vessels to or from all destinations outwith 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 River Tay only and carrying passengers (>12 passengers) and their luggage exclusively



Conservancy Dues


(per Gross Tonne)

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


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






  1. It shall be in the option of the Council to charge the above dues on the voyage inwards or outwards at the rates specified
  2. All vessels over 40m shall engage the services of the Perth Pilots Association
  3. All passengers vessels carrying 12passengers, or more, shall engage the services of the Perth Pilots Association


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 and operated by Perth and Kinross Council who are also the navigation authority for the River Tay between the Harbour and Balmerino. The Harbour Master arranges for pilots to and from Dundee and provides VHF coverage (working channel is 09).

The Master of any vessel coming within the pier or harbour area will report his or her presence to the Harbour Office within 24-hours of arrival and comply with any berthing or anchoring instructions given.

Schedule B

Rates and Duties Leviable on Commodities at the Port and Harbour of Perth – Imported or Exported



(per Tonne)

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




  1. All other commodities, goods and articles not specified above, shall be chargeable in proportion to other goods of similar bulk and value.
  2. 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

  1. ISPS Charge

    a) Implantation 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) £30 per vessel call

b) Full recovery plus 10%

c) Full recovery plus 10%

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

65p per cu.m.

  1. 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.


£1.05 per gross tonne per week or part thereof

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


£1.05 per gross tonne per week or part thereof

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


Price on Application

(Harbour Master)

  1. Washing of quays

£20 per hour + water rate

(see 1a above)

  1. 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

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

b) Boatman/mooring charge 1800 Friday to 0800 Monday

a) £25 per boatman

(arrival two / departure one)

b) £35 per boatman

(arrival two / departure one)

  1. a) Tug Assistance for berthing

  (compulsory for vessels over 90m in length)

b) Tug Assistance - Emergency Call Out (restricted availability)


a) £200 per movement

b) £1000 per movement

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

Price on Application

(Harbour Master)

  1. Staffing (Harbours) – Consultation/Project Fee


£35 per hour




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.






The Power to Collect Charges Raised

By virtue of the Harbours Docks and Piers Act 1847 section 44, PKC may recover rates payable to them in respect of a ship by distraint and sale of the ship and its tackle.


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.


No Gross Tonnage

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).


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.


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.



Dues and charges listed in this schedule are exclusive of VAT which will be added at the prevailing rate as appropriate.


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.



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