Constanta - Sources say that the Romanian ports of Constanta, Midia, and Mangalia are offering a reduced tax rate on bunker deliveries to shipowners that engage shipping agents, Platts reports. Previously, a flat rate of €200 ($222.1) per delivery is said to have been charged to shipowners employing agents at the ports on weekdays, while a rate of €400 ($444.2) per delivery was charged on weekends and public holidays.
Under the new programme, the tax rate charged on container vessels larger than 2,000 Gross Register Tonnage (GRT) is €150 ($166.58) per delivery on weekdays, and €300 ($333.15) per delivery on weekends and public holidays, said the sources. For vessels with a 500 to 2,000 GRT capacity, the rate is now said to be €100 ($111.05) per delivery on weekdays and €200 ($222.1) per delivery on weekends and public holidays. In November, the European Commission asked the Court of Justice of the EU to impose fines on Romania for failing to transpose EU rules on the sulfur content of marine fuels into its national legislation.