SINDANAVE - Covering the ports of the State of Rio Grande do Sul

SINDANAVE - Covering the ports of the state of Rio Grande do Sul

Agency fees covering the port of Rio Grande, effective 15 October 2008


The territory of the State of Rio Grande do Sul comprises the ports of Rio Grande, Pelotas and Porto Alegre, as well as the sea buoy of Tramandai and the hinterlands terminals of Tergasul and Santa Clara, and the agency fees fro calling those ports and terminals have been divided, customarily and for many years, and cover intervention of two or more agents, one of whom acts as Port Agent and the others as Protecting Agent or Advisory Agent.


  • PORT AGENT – is responsible for acting as agent of record for the vessel, and its responsibilities include entering the ship with the local Port Authorities (Custom, Health Department, Port Captaincy, Immigration, Dock Company, etc.), arranging for free pratique, coordinating the operations with master/receivers/shippers, arranging for pilots, tugs and mooring services, presenting the arrival notices or the Notice of Readiness to shippers/receivers, preparing the Statement of Facts and signing it as agent for the vessel, and also following his Principals’ (Owners and/or Disponent owners and/or Manager/Operators) instruction regarding to the ship’s operations. Vessel’s husbandry matters are not considered as a part of the Port Agent’s duties and thus, in some situations, due to their nature (pollution, claims, collisions, accidents, stranding, official investigation by local authorities, etc.) it is convenient for a Protection Agent to be in charge of such matters.
  • PROTECTING AGENT – is in charge of husbandry matters and/or protection of Owners’ interest when the vessel is consigned to another party (Port Agent).
  • ADVISORY AGENT – intervenes on third parties’ account/interest and is not related to the tasks of the Port Agent nor the Protecting Agent.
  • HUSBANDRY AGENT – include the following services (but not limited to): supply of fresh water, provisions, bunkers and lubricants; telephone service/mobile phone to the shipmaster/crew; medical assistance/services to the crew; mail and courier services; receiving/forwarding/clearances of spare parts and/or any other material, as needed; spare parts and repairs, when required, including shipyard repairs; crew changes, including transportation, hotel accommodation, sign on/sign off arrangements; inspection sand renewal of certificates.


  • Whenever as Agent acts in more than one capacity, he has the right to charge his Principals with the applicable fees for each situation, plus the corresponding surcharges.
  • Whenever a vessel performs discharging and loading operations, simultaneously or separately, the Agent is entitled to charge separately for each operation.
  • In all cases, attendance time starts to count as from vessel’s arrival at outer anchorage (or inner anchorage, in the case of the river or hinterland ports).
  • “Minor items” (when a Charter Party clause states that “Owners’ minor items are to be attended by Agents without additional agency fee”, or similar provision) – minor items attendance is defined as a type of work that does not interfere in the Agent’s daily routine. Routine means the usual tasks done in which Agents regularly do the attendance of the vessels in the ports of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, and thus, all items stated on this tariff cannot be considered as minor.
  • According to Central Bank of Brazil regulations, Agents are not allowed to finance foreign Owners nor any other foreign company, and, thus, any practice which is not in according to the usual and official rules, will lead the involved parties (Owners, cargo traders and Agents) to be summoned to appear before the federal monetary authority to render account.
  • Agents to be placed in full funds at least 48 (forty eight) hours prior to ship’s arrival in port. Extra expenses arisen during vessel’s stay in port, as per Agents’ previous quotation and Owners’ approval, are to be remitted latest by ship’s sailing. Any eventual balance due to the Agents and not remitted latest by 15 (fifteen) days after the revised PDA is submitted to Owners, will be subject to an additional charge of 3% (three percent) will still apply for every period of 15 (fifteen) days or part thereof, and until the balance due is received by the Agents.
  • The fees contained on this table are the suggested charges applicable to all ports and/or hinterland terminals of the State of Rio Grande do Sul and excluded such expenses like: communication, transportation, bank charges, municipal and federal taxes or others, which will be billed separately.
  • Any service not included in the present tariff is subject to special agreement between the parties.



A) For attending vessels loading and/or discharging break bulk, containerized, ro/ro, live stock, solid or liquid cargoes. Up to 7 days in port and basis one berth:

Vessels of up to 10,000 tons DWT US$ 3,800.00
Vessels from 10,001 to 20,000 tons DWT US$ 4,500.00
Vessels from 20,001 to 30,000 tons DWT US$ 5,200.00
Vessels from 30,001 to 40,000 tons DWT US$ 5,900.00
Vessels from 40,001 to 50,000 tons DWT US$ 6,500.00
Vessels from 50,001 to 60,000 tons DWT US$ 7,000.00
Vessels as from 60,001 tons DWT US$ 7,500.00

B) For attending vessels calling solely for bunkering, watering taking provision or distress calls. UP to 3 days in port = US$ 3,000.00

C) For attending vessels calling for shipyard repairs. Up to 7 days of port stay = US$ 3,500.00

D) For attending cruise ships. Up to 2 days of port stay = US$ 2,000.00

E) For attending PSVs, ocean going tug boats or fishing vessels (deep sea or factory ships). Per call and up to 10 days in port = US$ 2,000.00

F) For attending vessels’ passages thru Rio Grande, without any operation at Rio Grand. For each inward or outward clearance = US$ 500.00

2. PROTECTING AGENT: Up to 7 days in port = US$ 3,300.00

3. ADVISORY AGENT: Up to 7 days in port = US$ 5,000.00

4. OTHER FEES AND CHARGES (to be charged in addition to item 1, above):

A) Full Agent – when the Port Agent’s services are combined with the Protection Agent’s ones, an additional fee of US$ 2,000.00 will be applied on the rates as per item 1.1 above.

B) For each additional day of stay in port an additional of 10 % (ten percent) will be applied over the respective tariff.

C) For each additional berth used during the same loading or unloading operation – US$ 500.00;

D) Cash delivery fee – 2 % over the amount delivered, limited to US$ 500. Deliveries in foreign currency can only be arranged thru an official/authorized back, in which case the delivery fee will also apply. Security escort excluded.

E) Handling of crew members (other clearance/attendance costs excluded):

    • Medical attendance, per person US$ 40.00
    • Hospitalization, per person – US$ 100.00
    • Signing on or off, per person – US$ 200.00
    • Signing on or off, per person and per additional transit port involved – US$ 50.00
    • Deserters or left behind, per person – US$ 700.00
    • Deserters or left behind, per person and per additional port involved – US$ 150.00

F) Handling of corpses, per case – US$ 1,000.00

G) Handling of Port State Control or Sanitary Inspection (per inspection) – US$ 300.00

H) Handling of spare parts, per parcel (clearance expenses/duties excluded9 – US$ 300.00

I) Handling stowaways, per person and per month – US$ 1,000.00

J) Communication expenses of the Agent (telephone, telex, fax, e-mail/computer data, VHF, photocopies) – lump sum value to be supported by a sole voucher from Agent (husbandry items excluded):

    • Up to 7 days – US$ 500.00
    • For each additional day – US$ 50.00.

K) Car transportation for the Agent attending to the operational matters only – lump sum value per day, to be supported by a sole voucher from Agent (husbandry items excluded):

    • Rio Grande: Commercial Quay – US$ 50.00 / Superport Area – US$ 65.00;
    • Pelotas – US$ 100.00;
    • Porto Alegre – US$ 50.00;
    • Tergasul Terminal – US$ 80.00;
    • Santa Clara Terminal – US$ 100.00;
    • Tramandai – US$ 150.00.

L) Port pass clearance, per person (including Brazilian citizens) – US$ 50.00

M) Container:

    • Control fee per empty or full unit loaded or discharges – US$ 15.00;
    • Damage or demurrage recovery – 15 % of the amount collected.

N) Renewal of ship’s certificates, per document renewed – US$ 100.00

O) Coordination of vetting and compliance for oil and chemicals transport, per process – US$ 150.00;

P) Port Security (ISPS Code) surcharge, per call – US$ 150.00

Q) Handling of official inquest (Port Captaincy, Immigration, etc.), per case – US$ 500.00

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