"Coastal Vessel" shall mean any vessel exclusively employed in trading between
any Port or place in India to any other Port or place in India having a valid a coastal licence issued by the competent authority.
'Inland Vessel' shall mean any vessel registered as such under the provisions
of Inland Vessels Act, 1917.
"Foreign Going Vessel" shall mean any vessel other than Coastal vessel and
"Cold move" shall mean the movement of the vessels without the main engines in
"Hazardous Chemicals" mean and include the chemicals referred under Schedule-I,
Schedule-II and Schedule-III of Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous
Chemicals Rules, 1989 framed under Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and
Rules, as applicable from time to time.
"Port Area" shall mean the custom notified area of the port.
"Port Limit" shall mean the boundary limits of the port as notified by the
Central Government in the Gazette of India in terms of Section 4 (2) of the
Indian Ports Act, 1908.
"Normal Container" shall mean general type containers, not falling under
special categories mentioned subsequently.
"Reefer Container" shall mean a refrigerated container used for the carriage of
perishable goods with provision for electrical supply to maintain the desired
"Hazardous Container" shall mean a container containing hazardous goods as classified under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.
"Transhipment Container" shall mean a container, which is discharged from one vessel stored in the yard and transported through other vessels.
"Over Dimensional Container" shall mean a container, carrying over-dimensional
cargo beyond the normal size of the standard container and needing special devices like slings, shackles, lifting beam etc. They also include damaged containers and other types which require special devices.
"Shut out Container" shall mean a container which enters into the Port as an
export intake for a particular vessel (as indicated by the Vessel
Identification Advice Number, i.e. VIA No.) and is not connected to the particular vessel for reasons whatsoever, then the container is termed to be shut out of the container.
"Back To Town Container" shall mean a container entering the port for export but unable to be exported for whatever reasons and taken back to town.
"VIAN" means Vessel Identification Advice Number.
General Terms and Conditions
A foreign Going Vessel of Indian Flag having a General Trading Licence can
convert to Coastal run on the basis of a Customs Conversion Order.
A Foreign Going Vessel of Foreign Flag can convert to coastal run on the basis
of a Coastal Voyage License issued by Director General of Shipping.
In cases of such conversion, coastal rates shall be chargeable by the load port
from the time the vessel starts loading coastal goods or the time of
conversion, as specified in Jawahar Customs Conversion Certificate, if the
conversion takes place in JNP, whichever is later shall be applicable for the
purpose of calculation of tariff.
In cases of such conversion, coastal rates shall be chargeable only till the
vessel completes coastal cargo discharging operations; immediately thereafter,
foreign going vessel rates shall be chargeable by the discharge ports.
For dedicated Indian coastal vessels having a Coastal Licence from the Director
General of Shipping, no other document will be required to be entitled to
The status of the vessel, as borne out by its certification by the Customs or
the Director-General of Shipping shall be the deciding factor for classifying
into 'coastal' or 'foreign-run' category for the purpose of levying vessel
related charges; and the nature of cargo or its origin will not be of any
relevance for this purpose.
Vessel related charges shall be levied on Shipowners/Steamer Agents. Wherever
rates have been denominated in US dollar terms the charges shall be recovered
in Indian rupees after conversion of US currency to its equivalent Indian
rupees at the market buying rate notified by the Reserve Bank of India, State
Bank of India or any other Public Sector Bank as may be decided by the port
from time to time. The date of entry of the vessel into the port limit shall be
reckoned with as the day for such conversion.
Container related charges denominated in US dollar terms shall be collected in
equivalent Indian rupees based on the market buying rate notified by the
Reserve Bank of India, State Bank of India or any other Public Sector Bank as
maybe decided by the port from time to time, prevalent on the date of entry of
the vessel in case of Import containers; and on the date of arrival of the
containers in the port premises in case of export containers.
A regular review of the exchange rate shall be made once in thirty days from date
of the arrival of the vessels in cases of vessels staying in the Port for more than
thirty days. In such cases, the basis of billing shall change prospectively with
reference to the appropriate exchange rate prevailing at the time of review.
For the purpose of calculating the dues, the unit by weight shall be 1 tonne or
1,000 kilograms, the unit by volume measurement shall be 1 cubic metre and the
unit by capacity measurement for liquids in bulk shall be 1,000 litres.
The Vessel related charges for all Coastal vessels should not exceed 60% of the
corresponding charges for other vessels.
The cargo /container related charges for all Coastal cargo/containers, other than thermal coal, POL including crude oil, Iron Ore and Iron pellets, should not exceed 60% of the normal cargo/container related charges.
In case of cargo-related charges, the concessional rate should be levied on all the relevant handling charges for ship-shore transfer and transfer from / to quay to/from storage yard including wharfage.
In case of container-related charges, the concession is applicable on composite box rate. Where itemized charges are levied, the concession will be on all the relevant charges for ship-shore transfer, and transfer from / to quay to/from storage yard as well as wharfage on cargo and containers.
For the purpose of this concession, cargo/container from a foreign port which reaches an Indian Port 'A' for subsequent transhipment to Indian Port 'B' will also qualify insofar as the charges relevant for its coastal voyage. In other words, cargo/containers from/to Indian Ports carried by vessels permitted to undertake coastal voyage will qualify for the concession.
The charges for coastal cargo/containers/vessels shall be denominated and collected in Indian Rupee.
Interest on delayed payments / refunds
The user shall pay penal interest on delayed payments under this Scale of
Rates. Likewise, the JNPT shall pay penal interest on delayed refunds.
The rate of penal interest will be 16.75%. The penal interest rate will apply to both the JNPT and the port users equally.
The delay in refunds will be counted only 20 days from the date of completion of services or on the production of all the documents required from the users,
whichever is later.