Parliamentarians are expected to debate the Harbour Dues (Amendment) Bill 2019, which seeks to change the fees levied against cruise lines that call on the Port of Nassau and how they are collected.
The amendment would repeal the Harbour Dues (Amendment) Act 2018 to exclude cruise lines from the fees that are currently chargeable, and instead “seeks to provide for the charging of passenger facility charge, port facility charge and services charges on cruise lines by the operators”, and “to provide for payment of fees collected by the comptroller or the operator”.
These changes come as Nassau Cruise Port Limited (NCP), which this month took over managing the Nassau Cruise Port, are gearing up to revamp the facility.
According to the current law, vessels that dock at Nassau Harbour are levied varying charges up to four dollars for each and every net registered ton of the vessel.
The new amendments state that the tariff of passenger facility charges and port facility charges would be subject to annual review by the operator and may be varied from time to time.
It also states that the fees and charges imposed by the Act and paid to and collected by the operator would be retained by the operator.
The government finalized its $250 million agreement with Global Port Holdings (GPH), the parent company of NCP, in August for the redevelopment of the cruise port.
The port, which is set to be completed in 2022, will include a new terminal, a harbor village, a waterfront park, an amphitheater, a Junkanoo museum and new shops and restaurants. Additionally, the project will increase the number of berthing facilities for ships.