Port Tariffs

Tariff information including harbour dues, berthage information, rail tariff information, wharfage fees as well as the updated terms and conditions

Port Tariffs

Note: Effective March 1, 2018 the Hamilton Port Authority tariffs will have an overall increase of 2% over 2017 levels.  Certain changes have been made to the tariff structure and rates for Harbour Dues and Berthing.
Click the following link for a PDF copy of the 2018 (March 1, 2018 Version) tariff information  including harbour dues, berthage information, rail tariff information, wharfage fees as well as the updated terms and conditions.

pdf icon 2018 Tariff Information (March 1, 2018 Version)

Note: All tariffs will be reviewed on a yearly basis, pursuant to relative sections of the Canada Marine Act in respect to the HPA letters patent.

Hamilton Harbour includes lands and navigable waters under the jurisdiction, administration, management and control of the Authority. Navigable waters are ALL the waters of Hamilton Harbour (formerly Burlington Bay) together with all the inlets thereof, including Cootes Paradise, but excepting Burlington Channel. Any activity within the Hamilton Harbour is subject to the Authority’s tariffs.

Current 2017 (valid from March 1, 2017) Port Tariffs

Harbour Dues

Harbour Dues are a charge against a vessel that enters or uses the Port. The charge is based on the vessel’s GRT and registry.  Vessels are charged upon first entry only within each calendar year.  All charges are the responsibility of the registered owner and will be forwarded to the registered owner or agent of the vessel unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing with the Hamilton Port Authority.  Any alternate arrangements are subject to approval by the Hamilton Port Authority.

A vessel that enters the harbour, for the first time within each calendar year:
a. In the case of a vessel of Canadian registry engaged, at the time it comes into the harbour, in the carriage by water of goods or passengers from a place in Canada to another place in Canada, per gross registered tonne: $0.032
b. In the case of a vessel other than a vessel in paragraph (a), per gross registered tonne: $0.054
c. Minimum charge:  $165.61


A charge assessed against a vessel for occupying a berth or part thereof. The charge is based on the vessel’s GRT, vessel length and duration of stay. All charges are the responsibility of the registered owner and will be forwarded to the registered owner or agent of the vessel unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing with the Hamilton Port Authority. Any alternate arrangements are subject to approval by the Hamilton Port Authority.

Berthage shall be imposed on every vessel that is loading or unloading cargo from the time the first line is made fast until the last line is cast off, at the following rates per gross registered tonne:
a. For the first 12 hour period thereof… $ 0.032
b. For the second 12 hour period thereof… $ 0.022
c. For each subsequent 12 hour period… $ 0.022

Berthage shall be imposed at the rate of $0.411 per metre of length overall, for each period of 24 hours, or part thereof, on every vessel that is

– Laid‐up or under repair, or in storage
– Winter‐berthed

The winter berthing season follows the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway canal closing and reopening schedule


A charge applied to the cargo and based upon the quantity of cargo carried. Charges are the responsibility of the cargo owner. The collection and payment of wharfage due is the responsibility of vessel owners, charterers, shipping agents, and port terminals. The use of Hamilton port wharf facilities by vessel is deemed acceptance and acknowledgement of this responsibility. For all overseas cargo the charges will be forwarded through the agent unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing with the Hamilton Port Authority. Charges for domestic cargo will be billed through the terminal operator, unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing with the HPA. Any alternate arrangements are subject to approval by the HPA, and must be made prior to the arrival of inward‐bound vessels or the departure of outward‐bound vessels.

Description Of Goods Unit Basis Rate (CAD)
1 Aggregates in bulk (includes stone, slag, quartz, talc, sand) Tonne W 0.130
2 Agricultural Products (includes grain, corn/wheat, soybeans, canola, wood pellets) Tonne W 0.346
3 Coal Tonne W 0.152
4 Coke Tonne W 0.281
5 Containers, 20 foot Each 28.923
6 Containers, > 20 foot Each 43.373
7 Ferro Alloys (includes ferro carbon manganese, silico manganese, chrome ore) Tonne W 0.628
8 Fertilizer in bulk (dry or liquid) (includes urea, potash, phosphate) Tonne W 0.628
9 General Cargo – based on MT (metric tonnes) or m³ (cubic metres), whichever is greater Freight Tonne 1.288
10 Gypsum in bulk Tonne W 0.498
11 Iron Ore Tonne W 0.087
12 Liquor, spirits and other alcoholic products Tonne W 5.878
13 Petroleum Products – Gasoline Tonne W 0.411
14 Petroleum Products – Other  (includes asphalt, bunker C, jet fuel, petroleum oil) Tonne W 0.346
15 Pig Iron Tonne W 0.628
16 Salt in bulk Tonne W 0.271
17 Scrap metals Tonne W 0.649
18 Steel  (includes steel plate/coil) Tonne W 0.769
19 Other liquid bulk Tonne W 0.628
20 Other dry bulk Tonne W 0.628

Not Elsewhere Specified (NES) – if no rate for the specific commodity shipped appears in the above tariff, please contact the Authority by email at cargo@hamiltonport.ca to confirm the rate.

Note: Tug assistant, linesmen, vessel stevedoring and terminal handling services are provided by individual marine transportation companies within the port and those fees are not part of HPA tariffs

Requirements for Documentation:

Shipping documents such as the cargo manifest, bill of lading and/or survey, in respect of inward and outward cargo of a vessel shall be provided by the owner, master, or person in charge of the vessel, through their agent or terminal operator, to the Hamilton Port Authority. Documents in respect of inward cargo shall be provided to the Authority upon the arrival of the vessel. For outward cargo, the documents shall be provided prior to the departure of the vessel.

Where the required documents are not received by the Authority when due, a late document fee of $100.00 per day, from the first day the documents are due, until the day the requested documents are received in the Port Authority offices, may be charged against the vessels owners, charterers, shipping agents or port terminals.


A charge assessed for use of rail. Charges are assessed against the cargo.  Responsibility for payment remains with the Hamilton Port Authority tenant based upon:

– A fixed rate per car and;
– A rate based on its contents as per Wharfage Schedule
Exemption – where cargo is discharged from or loaded to a port vessel no contents charge will be billed providing movement occurs within 3 months. A fixed rate per car charge is applicable for all rail shipments including intermodal transport between ship and rail.

The rail rates per car are:
a. $38.43 and;
b. Contents charge as per Wharfage Schedule

Requirements for Documentation:

The tenant is responsible to complete and submit to the Port Authority offices, the Rail Car Report form, issued by the Authority, within 5 business days following the last day of the month. The report is to be accurate in every respect, and the Authority reserves the right to audit supporting documents such as the rail waybill and train listings specifying cargo. Billing delays due to late reports may result in interest charges at the rate of one and one-half percent per month (eighteen percent per annum), or portion thereof, applied to invoices where the corresponding reports have not been received when due.


The charges set out are the responsibility of the registered owner and will be forwarded to the owner or agent of the vessel.  Every vessel requiring electricity service shall contact the Authority to arrange for service connection and disconnection. The vessel owner is responsible for all charges incurred up to the time when service is disconnected by the Authority.

Vessels requesting electricity service are responsible for positioning the power cord at the disconnect switch. Vessels receiving electricity service shall reimburse the Authority for all damage to HPA property, including blown fuses, which arises directly from any electrical equipment owned or used by the vessel.

1. Electricity Service Charges:
a. Connection or disconnection performed Monday to Friday, during regular working hours from 0800 to 1600: No Charge
b. Connection or disconnection on holidays or outside of regular working hours (minimum 3 hour charge): Current overtime rates
2. Power, per kilowatt hour: Cost to the Authority

The fees prescribed herein are authorized pursuant to Article 7 of the Letters Patent of the Authority and Section 49 of the Canada Marine Act.  The fees are due and owing as soon as they are incurred.  However, Hamilton Port Authority reserves the right to require payment of charges prior to ship departure.

Where any fee is not paid within 30 days of the due date, interest at the rate of one and one-half percent per month (eighteen percent per annum), or portion thereof, shall be payable on the unpaid balance. Interest shall be calculated from the date when the fees became due and owing and shall accrue and be payable by the owner without necessity of any demand therefore.

Goods on which charges are owing shall not be removed from the harbour until the charges have been paid or arrangements for payment have been made to the satisfaction of the Authority.

The Canada Marine Act permits seizure and detention of the vessel and the seizure of goods until the cost and charges incurred in respect thereof are paid in full. All carriers and vessels shall at all times comply with the Canada Port Authorities Operations Regulations.
Documents containing more detail may be obtained from the HPA upon request. Persons interested in making representations in writing to the HPA may do so by writing to the address below:

Guangming Wu
Accounts Receivable Analyst
Hamilton Port Authority
605 James St. N.
Hamilton, Ont.
L8L 1K1
E-Mail: cargo@hamiltonport.ca

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