12 June 2019
Auckland Council has dropped a proposed daily anchoring fee which would have seen superyachts and other foreign-flagged vessels of over 40-metres billed for each time they anchored within Auckland’s navigable waters.
NZ Marine has worked closely with Auckland Council, resulting in a proposed daily anchoring fee for foreign flagged vessels in Auckland’s harbour being dropped.
“Working with Auckland Council, experts from within our own organisation, NZ Marine, as well as from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand, were able to help Council appreciate just how much of a deterrent a daily anchoring fee would have been to foreign vessels planning to visit our shores, particularly for the Prada and America’s Cup in 2020/21” says Peter Busfield, executive director, NZ Marine.
Auckland Council has worked with the marine industry to drastically overhaul the plan; settling on a new, visitor-friendly small 12 month navigation and safety fee for vessels over 40 metres in length. The services covered by the fee include the Harbourmaster maintaining navigation aids and maritime safety functions, including assisting masters of visiting yachts over 40 metres in length to find sheltered and suitable anchorages amongst the more than 50 islands that fill Auckland’s beautiful and renown Hauraki Gulf.
Vessels over 40 metres anchoring amongst these islands will be required to pay a one- off annual navigation and safety fee of $20 plus GST per metre of vessel under the new requirements.
Vessels using the shipping lane, transiting to and from a marina berth in Auckland, will not be required to pay the navigation and safety fee.
“It’s great to continue presenting the welcoming and cohesive front for which New Zealand is well known to the international superyacht community.
With the 24 month Temporary Import Entry of vessels allowed, visiting vessels exempt of the local Goods and Services Tax for items that form part of the vessel, approved superyachts allowed to charter in NZ, over 100 superyacht marina berths and plenty of sheltered anchorages, we are keeping the door open for superyacht visitors from around the globe who want to experience our beautiful part of the world now and in the future,” Busfield says.