General Definitions


October 1, 2020


October 1, 2020

That part of the wharf structure lying between the outer edge of the cap log and the transit shed; or, as to open wharves, that part of the wharf structure carried on piles beyond the fill.

The time at which an incoming vessel moors to her berth.

The term “BERTH” means the section of a wharf including mooring facilities and water used by a vessel while docked at wharf.

The time at which an outgoing vessel departs from her berth.

The term “DOCKAGE” as used herein means the charge made or assessed against a vessel for berthing or making fast to any dock, wharf, pier mooring device, or other facilities of the terminals and shall apply to any vessel making fast to another vessel so berthed.  Vessels, other than barges, berthing at terminals and then proceeding to dry docks and returning to docks to load outward within seven (7) consecutive days, will be counted as on a continuous voyage and will be assessed as if the vessel had remained at the terminals.

EXCEPTION: Barges moored alongside of vessel at the piers for the sole purpose of transferring cargo to or from such vessels, also landing boats or tows, will be exempt from dockage charges.

EXTRA HANDLING                                                                                Any time the Authority has to handle additional cargo of an account in order to either load or make available for loading specific cargo for that account, the applicable handling rate as indicated in this schedule or in any separate agreement, contract, or rate quotation will be assessed. Also whenever cargo has to be re-handled because of specific loading requirements, an additional charge will be assessed based on the greater of either the applicable handling rate or the labor and equipment required.

Fuel Surcharge (FSC) – An additional fee assessed to account for regional increases in fuel costs.

HANDLING                                                                                                The service of facilitating the movement of or physically moving, loading, unloading, receiving, or delivering cargo between a point of rest and the inland carrier, or between the point of rest and other locations on the terminal, or between any two locations on the terminal, other than the ship’s tackle.

Pier supported cargo working area adjacent to wharf.

Any work producing flame, heat, or sparks. Examples include, but are not limited to, brazing, grinding, sawing, thawing of frozen pipes, roofing, torch cutting or soldering, and welding. 

Terminal located inland and connected by road or rail to a seaport operating as a centre for the transference of sea cargo to inland destinations.

A berth a vessel may be moored alongside provided said the vessel will or does not have operations pertaining to the Authority and is idle during its entire stay.

A vessel sailing under an advertised schedule and operated by an ocean carrier maintaining regular sailings between named ports.

The railroad tracks on the apron wharves.

The owner and/or operator of vessels calling at Authority terminals.

Cargo that exceeds the normal dimensions of a standard container or flatrack by length, width and height and/or a combination thereof.

The area on the terminal facility assigned by the Authority for the receipt of inbound cargo from the vessel and from which inbound cargo may be delivered to the consignee, and the area which is assigned by the Authority for the receipt of outbound cargo from shippers for vessel loading. In support of import cargo, the use of dunnage, lashing or blocking and bracing requirements needed at the point of rest is the responsibility of and shall be performed by the stevedore. For export breakbulk, the Authority shall consider a mafi trailer as being a point of rest if available; all lashing to the mafi trailer shall be the responsibility of and shall be performed by the stevedore.

A charge assessed by a rail carrier for the movement of railcars within the switching limits of the terminal.

SERVICE  Any act, deed, duty or labor performed for another company or recipient.

A duly appointed and authorized representative acting on behalf of an Ocean Carrier and attending to all matters relating to the vessels owned by its principals.

Cargo or containers that are either discharged directly from vessel to inland carrier or loaded directly to vessel from an inland carrier.  In such cases, there will be no handling by the Authority.

Arranges loading and discharging of cargo to and from a vessel.

The charge assessed for the stevedoring company’s use of the Authority’s terminal facilities for the purpose of loading cargo onto, or unloading cargo from, vessels calling the Authority’s terminals. The charge is assessed to the Ocean Carrier or stevedoring company, as applicable, on a short ton basis, as provided for in Rules 34-280, 34-465, and 34-510.

An extra fee or charge that is added on to the cost of a good or service and is assessed as provided, in full, regardless of any other agreements.

The net or short ton of two thousand (2,000) pounds, unless otherwise specified.

Any entity or individual which ships cargo via Authority facilities, as well as all parties which facilitate said shipments. Additionally, any person or entity using, come onto, or berthing at Authority facilities or using Authority services, including intermediary functions shall be deemed as a User. Examples include, but are not limited to: exporters, importers, motor and rail carriers, water carriers, stevedoring companies, line handlers, longshore workers, surveyors, licensees, brokers, forwarders, independent contractors, ships’ agents, maintenance/repair vendors, tenants, and invitees.

Any ship, tug, towboat, packet, barge, lighter or other watercraft, self-propelled or non-self-propelled.

A charge for use of the wharves, pier, or bulkheads by all cargo passing or conveyed over, onto, or under wharves, or between vessels or barges when berthed at a wharf or moored in slip adjacent to the wharf. 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 use of the wharf and does not include charges for any other service. Wharfage will be assessed against the vessel’s local agent, the vessel and/or her owner, regardless of the terms of sale or any arrangements between the ocean carrier and the cargo account, unless agreed in advance by the Authority. 

Note: Transshipped cargo will be assessed wharfage on both the inbound vessel, as well as the outbound vessel.