Teekay Shipping have announced an increase to towage charges at Port Hedland effective 15 May, 2013.
Click here to access the new tariff.
The new rates represent an increase of 30% which Teekay state is because they have invested significant capital in installing four new tug pens at the Tug Haven, as well as increased the size of the tug fleet to 14 tugs which by next June will include six 80T Rotor Tugs. There have also been an increase in manning and fuel costs. Rates have not increased for the past 10 years.
For your guidance, on a typical 92,000MT DWT vessel calling Utah Point in Port Hedland, this will increase towage charges for owners by approximately A$10,173.