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Rule: 34-001
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: GOVERNING SCHEDULE
Except as provided herein, this schedule is governed by Georgia Ports Authority Marine Terminal Operator Schedule No. 5-A to the extent applicable.

Rule: 34-005
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: APPLICATION OF SCHEDULE
This schedule contains definitions, regulations, and rates applicable to the handling of bulk agricultural commodities at the Colonel's Island Bulk Facility.

The Authority reserves full right and authority to interpret the terms and conditions published herein. The use of the facilities and services within the scope of this schedule shall constitute a consent by Users to the terms and conditions specified herein.

Rule: 34-010
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: BERTHING OF VESSELS

Berth assignment is totally at the discretion of the Authority.  In the cases of inclement weather, actual or pending, the Authority may refuse to berth a vessel.  Unless excepted elsewhere in this schedule, vessels shall submit to the Facility Logistics Department both a signed berth application and the U.S. Coast Guard mandated Notice of Arrival, along with the following documents:

  1. Certificate that all cargo compartments are free of insect infestation and objectionable order, and are clean and dry, and fit for cargo, issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, when applicable.
  2. Certificate of readiness in all compartments issued by a representative of the National Cargo Bureau, Inc.
  3. Evidence to the effect that the vessel has been tendered to and accepted by the charterer.
  4. Evidence to the effect that the vessel has been entered at United States Customs.
  5. A copy of the vessel stowage plan (subject in all events to the approval of the master).

The above documents are subject to renewal at facility's option if vessel has not commenced loading or unloading within seven days from acceptance of original signed application for berth and Notice of Arrival (NOA).

The elevator operator, in its sole discretion, may change the turn of vessels in berth or waiting to berth when confronted by an urgent need to receive or ship a particular grade or type of cargo, to facilitate condition at the dock; or when the elevator operator determines that there is not on hand in the elevator stocks of the proper quantity or grade of the cargo to load the vessel without delay to the vessel or to the elevator.  Any vessel ordered to vacate a berth for any of the foregoing reasons will return to berth after the vessel loading or unloading immediately thereafter, if any, completes loading or unloading or vacates the berth for other reasons, provided the aforesaid circumstances requiring the vessel to vacate the berth are found by the elevator operator no longer to exist.

The elevator operator, in its sole discretion reserves the right to require continuous loading or unloading of the cargo by vessels through twenty-four hours per day, and may require vessel to work overtime at vessel's expense.

Any vessel then in berth which refuses to work overtime shall vacate the berth on order of the elevator operator.  A vessel losing its right to berth by refusal to work overtime shall lose its turn in favor of the next vessel that is willing to work overtime, which vessel shall retain the berth so long as it is willing to work successive straight time and overtime periods until loading or unloading is completed.  The vessel so losing its turn shall      be entitled to the berth first available thereafter, subject to the same overtime provisions set forth above if the circumstances requiring overtime work are then found to exist by the elevator operator.

Assignment of berth and dockage charges are predicated upon vessel's continuous readiness to load or unload the cargo at full normal rate throughout the entire time in berth.  Should vessel, while in berth, fail to maintain such continuous readiness, vessel shall vacate the berth on order of the elevator operator.


Rule: 34-015
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: CARGO AT OWNER'S RISK
All agricultural commodities placed in the elevator is at owner's risk of depreciation in grade from heating, damage, insects or any other causes including natural increase in breakage content resulting from repeated handling under industry acceptable normal elevator operation practices and methods.  All loss in weight from handling will be charged against the owner's account.

Rule: 34-020
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: CONDITIONING
The facility management reserves the right after due diligence to treat or otherwise recondition any agricultural commodity in the elevator which in its judgment is in need of such handling without prior knowledge or consent of the owner.  Owner shall be liable for payment of all charges resulting from weight shrinkage of the commodity.

Rule: 34-025
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: DEMURRAGE ON VESSELS
The Georgia Ports Authority does not assume responsibility for demurrage to vessels under any circumstances except for any portion of the charges caused by the Authority's own negligence.

Rule: 34-030
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: GOVERNMENT RATES
The Facility may enter into written contracts with the United States Government or any agency thereof, providing for storage and service rates other than the storage and service rates provided herein.

Rule: 34-035
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: HOLIDAYS

When reference is made in this schedule to "holidays", it means the following days:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday (Third Monday in January)
  • President's Day (Third Monday in February)
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

When one of the above holidays falls on Sunday, the following Monday will be observed.  When one of the above holidays falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday will be observed.


Rule: 34-040
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: INSPECTION AND WEIGHING
Unless otherwise agreed to by Facility Management, all inbound grain shall be inspected and graded in accordance with standards established under the United States Grain Standards Act and any special tests as deemed necessary shall be performed before being received into and discharged from the elevator.  Fees for inspection, grading and weighing on all commodities to be set by the Federal Grain Inspection Service and other licensed independent inspection agencies, and such fees will be for the account of the cargo.

Rule: 34-045
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: INSURANCE
The facility is operated as a licensed public warehouse under the United States Warehouse Act and the Georgia Warehouse Act, and has both a Federal and Georgia state license. All grain stored in the warehouse and/or in the facility's legal custody is considered to be placed in storage in accordance with the regulations regarding same, unless the owner of the grain or its authorized agent requests otherwise prior to receipt, and the facility agrees therewith. As such, the facility provides property insurance coverage for fire and lightning, with extended coverage (windstorm, cyclone, tornado, or inherent explosion), provided it is procurable, to cover market value of commodities stored in the warehouse and/or in the facility's legal custody.

Rule: 34-050
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: OPERATIONS PERFORMANCE/SHUTDOWN
The Colonel's Island Bulk Facility will undertake to furnish all services specified herein with reasonable promptness but it is not obligated to furnish services, nor is it liable for failure to do so in the event of government intervention or requirements, labor problems, acts of the common enemy, war conditions, inclement weather including, but not limited to hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, or windstorms, or other causes beyond its control or which make it unsafe to continue terminal operations.

Rule: 34-055
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: RATES AND SERVICES NOT PROVIDED FOR HEREIN
Any labor or material required for special services not specifically covered herein may be provided at actual cost plus thirty (30) percent, or flat rate prices may be quoted by Facility Management upon application.  The Authority reserves the right to provide special services at its convenience and will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for failure to quote on or render such services.

Rule: 34-060
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICES
Elevator Management is authorized to quote rates on other than labor or material not specifically covered herein, upon application.  Such quotations include, but are not limited to, establishment of new or initial rates and charges, and changes in existing rates and charges.  The Authority reserves the right to quote rates at its convenience and will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for failure to do so.

Rule: 34-065
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: RECEIPT OF CARGO

Cargo will be received, stored and handled in the facility, subject to the stipulated regulations and rates named herein.  All rates and charges shown in this schedule cover work performed on straight time basis:  overtime work will be performed at the rates provided for in Rule 34-320 or by special arrangements.

All quantity and related quality of bulk commodities that licensed third party inspections or examinations and/or in the determination of verifiable audit reports by Authority auditors, are considered "overages" within the facility, shall be the property of the Georgia Ports Authority, and the Authority shall retain the exclusive right to offer such appropriate commodities to the market for sale, retaining proceeds for its account.

"Tailings, screenings, cleanings" including dust and breakage resulting from special services ordered by customer, performed by facility and charged according to this tariff, shall be the property of the Georgia Ports Authority, with the Authority retaining the exclusive right to determine the most appropriate method for disposal of said commodities, including offering all or part for sale.  Proceeds from such sales and/or disposal fees shall be for the account of the Authority.


Rule: 34-070
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: REMOVAL FROM FACILITY
If any commodity in the facility should become out of condition, the Colonel's Island Bulk Facility Management, after routine prior notification to the customer, reserves the right to order same out on three days notice and if not removed from the elevator before expiration of that time, the facility management shall have the right to remove and dispose of such commodity with all incurred expense for the account of owner of said commodity.

Rule: 34-075
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYMENT OF CHARGES
Unless other arrangements are agreed to by the Authority prior to the time the services provided for herein are ordered or otherwise provided for in this schedule, the party ordering such services will be responsible for all charges assessed by the Authority for performance of such services.

Rule: 34-080
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: SHRINKAGE

A facility handling shrinkage assessment of 1/2 of 1% (.005) shall be applied to the incoming weight on all agricultural commodities received, except rice which shall have a shrinkage assessment of 1% (.01).

An additional moisture shrink shall be applicable to all bulk agricultural commodities, assessed on inbound receipts containing moisture deemed "excessive" by Elevator management, with prior notification by FAX, e-mail or in writing to shipper customers.


Rule: 34-085
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: STEVEDORING
The management of the Colonel's Island Bulk Terminal Facility provides patrons of the facility in-house stevedoring service at negotiated rates.

Rule: 34-090
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: STORAGE REGARDLESS OF OWNERSHIP
Agricultural commodities will be placed in bins containing the same kind and grade regardless of ownership.  Preserving of identity by special binning will be done only by special arrangement, contracted in advance.  If cargo is sold while in storage, storage shall apply on the day of actual transfer of ownership.

Rule: 34-095
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: UNLOADING INTO/LOADING FROM THE ELEVATOR

The Elevator Management reserves the right to refuse any agricultural commodities, which in its opinion are unmerchantable or in a condition not suitable for storage, transfer, or handling.  The primary purpose of the Elevator is to facilitate the import and export of agricultural commodities by providing the service of loading and/or unloading/discharging of such commodities from/to railcars, trucks, and water conveyances.  Storage in the Elevator is only for the positioning/consolidating of such commodities for immediate/impending vessel execution.  Therefore, management reserves the right to preferentially unload those railcars and/or trucks for which outward shipping space has been engaged and is available for loading.  The Elevator is not intended for long-term (defined as over 45 days) storage without prior written approval of Management.  In the event any commodities remain in store after 45 days, management reserves the right to remove such, without prior notice, to prevent or alleviate congestion.  All expenses for such removal shall be for the account of the owner.

In furnishing the services provided for herein, the Facility assumes no responsibility whatsoever for demurrage or additional switching on railcars, or detention on trucks. 

Customers and agents must receive advance approval in writing via fax or e-mail from the facility logistics department prior to ordering any agricultural commodity to be unloaded or loaded.


Rule: 34-100
Issued: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Effective: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Subject: VESSELS REQUIRED TO VACATE BERTH
Should any vessel fail to vacate the berth when ordered to do so by the facility management, a penalty charge of $1,100.00 per hour for each hour or fraction thereof will be assessed against the vessel and/or its owner and agents after Notice to Vacate has been given to the vessel and/or its owners, agents master or mate.  This charge shall not affect the right of the elevator to remove the vessel from the berth by any lawful means, at vessel's risk and expense.

Rule: 34-105
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: WORKING HOURS

The recognized working hours shall be from 8:00 AM (0800) to 4:00 PM (1600) Monday through Friday, holidays excepted.

All other hours are considered as overtime hours, and charges shown in Rule 34-325 will be assessed accordingly.


Rule: 34-200
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: General

ELEVATOR
The bulk facility owned and operated by the Georgia Ports Authority, at Colonel's Island Terminal, Brunswick, Georgia. May also be known as the "facility".

GRAINS
The term grain as used herein shall be understood to mean Wheat, Corn, Oats, Rye, Barley, Grain Sorghum, Soybeans, Meals, other Oilseeds and Processed Grains. Rates to cover handling, storage, and/or treating other commodities such as beans, seeds, and bulk ingredients or processed minerals will be quoted upon request.

WHARFAGE
The term Wharfage as used in this schedule, means the use of the wharves in the receipt or delivery of traffic from or to ships, barges or other water craft while lying alongside the terminals of the Georgia Ports Authority, including traffic received from or delivered to barges, lighters, or other water craft lying alongside of such vessels or taken from or delivered to the water. No charge will be made for wharfage on ship's supplies, other than on bunker fuel handled over or pumped over or under wharves. Wharfage is solely the charge for the use of the wharf and does not include charges for any other service.


Rule: 34-205
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: Abbreviations and Reference Marks
(A) Addition
(C) Change in wording, resulting in neither an increase nor a reduction in charges
(D) Deletion
(I) Increase
(R) Reduction
(NC) No Change
N/A Not Applicable
GRT Gross Registered Tonnage
LOA Length Overall
NOS Not Otherwise Specified

Rule: 34-300
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: CARGO HANDLING

DELIVERING To Railroad Cars and/or Trucks 

All grains (except soybeans and rice)                        8 1/2 cents per bushel
Soybeans and rice                                                         9 3/4 cents per bushel

To Vessels/BargesAll Grains Except SoybeansSoybeansRice
Bulk Carriers5 3/4cents per bushel6 1/2 cents per bushel8 1/4 cents per bushel
Tween Deck Vessels & Tankers8 cents per bushel9 cents per bushel10 cents per bushel
Barges (all types)8 1/2 cents per bushel9 cents per bushel13 cents per bushel

The facility is not responsible for weevil infested cargo loaded aboard a vessel, and the vessel is not the type and/or is unable to have the cargo treated with an approved fumigant.

Transfer In Store
Grain transferred or sold in store (see Rule 34-090)         3 1/4 cents per bushel

RECEIVING From Railroad Cars and/or Trucks
All grains (except soybeans and rice)                                        7 cents per bushel
Soybeans and rice                                                                         8 1/4 cents per bushel

From Vessels/Barges (using pneumatic vaculator)       10  cents per bushel


Rule: 34-305
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: CARGO STORAGE

All grains except canola and rice


Up to and including 45 days                                         1/3 cents per bushel
Over 45 days                                                              1 cents per bushel
Canola and rice (all loss in weight born by owner)     1 1/3 cents per bushel

Special binning (quoted upon request as per Rule 34-090)

Storage is assessed on a daily basis.


Rule: 34-310
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: DOCKAGE

Dockage charges on all vessels and barges except LASH barges will be computed on the basis of the highest gross tonnage (GT) as published in LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPPING. 

Dockage charges on LASH barges will be quoted upon request.

Dry Bulk Vessel                     $2.75 per GT per vessel call

Tankers, Tween-Deckers $3.20 per GT per vessel call

If the Authority requires vessels or barges to vacate a berth within the first 12 hours of a dockage period, the Authority will assess one-half of the above charges, as applicable, with a minimum charge of $1,500.00

LAY/IDLE GRAIN VESSELS
Vessels berthed at Colonel's Island Terminal berths or the berth at the Authority's Mayor's Point Terminal for the purpose of fitting up or waiting to load bulk grain or grain products only at the Colonel's Island Bulk Facility as their next cargo will be assessed the following dockage rates, while in lay/idle berth status:

Per 24 hour period or fraction thereof $4,375.00 (See Notes)    

NOTE 1: Rate excludes line handling charges at all berths.

NOTE 2: Rate includes the applicable Terminal Security Surcharge Fee.

NOTE 3: Lay berths will be assigned by the Authority's Ships Operations after consulting with affected parties.

NOTE 4: Personnel access to facilities as covered in the Authority's MTO Schedule No. 5-A, Rule 34-097 will apply.

NOTE 5: If the vessel's GT is such that the applicable working dockage rate is less than the lay/idle dockage rates, the working dockage rate will apply. 


Rule: 34-315
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: DOCK MAINTENANCE
The Facility will clean, remove and dispose of all trash and debris from the dock area.  The charge for this shall be $645.00 per vessel, and shall be assessed against the vessel and/or its local agent.

Rule: 34-320
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: LINE HANDLING

The following rates apply on all vessels or barges (except Panamax class vessels*).  Orders for line handling must be received at the respective terminal no later than 1400 hours (2:00 PM) on the first working day prior to vessel arrival.

 


STRAIGHT TIMEOVERTIME
Mooring$860.00$1,030.00
Unmooring$515.00$1,030.00
Shifting from Berth to Berth$895.00$1,030.00

*When providing line handling services for Panamax class vessels, the Authority will assess an additional $310.00 for each service listed above.

Detention will be assessed after the first two (2) hours.  Detention is assessed in increments of one-half (1/2) hour or fractional part thereof. Rates are as follows:

 


STRAIGHT TIMEOVERTIME
Mooring$215.00$260.00
Unmooring$127.00$173.00
Shifting$215.00$260.00

Hours of Operation for line handling are as follows:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
(except holidays as specified in Rule 34-035)


Rule: 34-325
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: OVERTIME

Unless otherwise specified herein, overtime work will be performed at the discretion of the Facility Management.  The facility management reserves the right to determine the necessity of working overtime to promote maximum efficiency of the Authority's agricultural commodity handling facilities.  Upon request of Facility Management, vessels will work unlimited overtime at their own expense.  Any vessel refusing to work overtime, shall vacate the berth and go to the bottom of the list of vessels awaiting berth.  If the Elevator is required to work past 1600 hours on weekdays, Facility Management will be notified not later than 1400 hours of the same day.  If the Elevator is required to work on Saturday, and/or Sunday, or holidays, Facility Management will be notified not later than 1400 hours of the regular work day preceding the weekend or holiday.  Overtime charges will be assessed against the party requesting overtime work.

BASIS FOR OVERTIME HOURS AND CHARGES:

  1. Monday through Friday:  Before 0800 and after 1600
  2. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays (See Rule 34-035 herein)

Vessel Loading/Unloading

  1. $1100.00 per hour
  2. $1260.00 per hour

Rail or Truck Loading/Unloading     

  1. $675.00 per hour
  2. $765.00 per hour

Overtime ordered as a continuation of a scheduled shift will be charged at actual hours worked in one-quarter (1/4) hour increments.  Overtime ordered as a call-out will be charged at a minimum of four (4) hours and thereafter at actual hours worked in one-quarter (1/4) hour increments.


Rule: 34-330
Issued: Monday, September 1, 2014
Effective: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Subject: RAILCAR CLEANING
Hopper cars tendered for loading and found not suitable for loading by the Federal Grain Inspection Service, or other independent agencies, will be cleaned by the Elevator upon request from the customer.  The charge will be provided at the time the Elevator agrees to provide said service. The charge for railcar cleaning is in addition to the charges named  in Rule 34-300 herein.

Rule: 34-335
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: STANDBY LABOR

Unless otherwise provided herein, charges for standby labor will be assessed a minimum of two (2) hours against the party requesting services or causing delays, and will be charged to delays, including the shortage of railcars, trucks, vessel arrivals, trimming, loss of productivity during any operation, or any other delay not attributable to the Colonel's Island Bulk Facility.

Straight Time and Overtime $1,100.00 per hour


Rule: 34-340
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: STEVEDORE FACILITY USE FEE
A charge of 39 cents per 2,000 pounds loaded from and/or to water conveyances shall be assessed to the cargo account or vessel performing operations at the Colonel's Island Bulk Terminal.   When it is necessary for the Authority to lease other shore equipment to facilitate loading or unloading, there will be a minimum charge of $1,100.00 assessed.

Rule: 34-343
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: TERMINAL SECURITY SURCHARGE

The Authority will assess a terminal security surcharge to offset the cost of federally mandated facility security measures.  The surcharge, which will be invoiced to the vessel and/or its agent, will be assessed as provided below:

All vessels and barges $3.25 per linear foot overall per call


Rule: 34-345
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: TREATING, CONDITIONING, CLEANING, DRYING, SCREENING, ETC.

Malathion treating                                                             5 1/2 cents per bushel
Treating of insect infestation in facility                                  10 cents per bushel
Mixing or turning (all weight loss to be borne by owner)         4 1/2 cents per bushel
Cleaning                                                                         10 cents per bushel

A shrinkage factor of 1/4 of 1% will be applied against all agricultural commodities being cleaned.  In all instances, actual losses in weight will be charged against the owner of the commodity.

Commodities which arrive at the facility infested will be unloaded only in specific circumstances and with prior approval of facility management.  It will be the responsibility of the shipper to fumigate such cargo at shippers expense.  Any and all associated or allied expenses shall also be for the account of the shipper.


Rule: 34-350
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: TRIMMING

Dozer Trimming                        Quoted upon request

Additional Trimming                     Quoted upon request

The Authority will also assess a rate of $62.00 per man-hour for required maintenance personnel.


Rule: 34-355
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: VESSEL DETENTION
Vessels berthing to load and unable to work because of engine failure, cargo gear failure, no valid gear certificate, or other vessel cause will be subject to Terminal Detention at $1,100.00 per hour.

Rule: 34-360
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: WATER
The charge for water shall be $6.20 per 2,000 pounds, subject to a minimum charge of $220.00.

Rule: 34-365
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: WEIGHING

The facility will provide weighing services at the following rates:

TRUCKS - $22.00 each
RAILCARS - $56.50 each


Rule: 34-370
Issued: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Effective: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Subject: WHARFAGE
A wharfage charge of $1.83 per 2,000 pounds shall be assessed to the vessel and/or its local agent, unless other arrangements, with the approval of Facility Management, have been made.