ANTAQ study looks for ways to facilitate cabotageFeb, 12, 2020 Posted by Sylvia Schandert
A study developed by ANTAQ’s Development and Studies Office, part of the entity’s Superintendence of Performance, Development and Sustainability, sought to find ways to increase the short-term supply of container ships engaged in cabotage transport. ANTAQ, the National Waterway Transport Agency, would like to make it more flexible for vessels to be made available to meet fluctuations in demand.
The fleet utilization of the vessels that operate in coastal shipping reached 76.2% in August 2018.
One of the alternatives is to permit time charters, as long as there is a minimum duration stipulated and the Vessel Release Certificate – CLE is issued, along the lines of what already happens in long-term agreements.
It is worth noting that Brazilian Law does not prohibit this type of chartering, but does require foreign vessels to prove that there is an absence or availability of a Brazilian flagged vessel to provide the operation.
The study also argues that one of the advantages of this regulatory option, is the implementation can be done via the Agency’s resolution, making its implementation and monitoring more agile and flexible.
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