Port Waives Wharfage and Dockage Charges for Haitian Relief

Port Waives Wharfage and Dockage Charges for Haitian Relief

Riviera Beach, FL – At the January 21, 2010 meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Port of Palm Beach District, Commissioner Edward Oppel made an impassioned plea to the Board to waive charges on shipments of relief supplies to Haiti for the next six months. Commissioner Oppel stated that the modest cost to the port pales in comparison to the potential benefit to the citizens of Haiti who are coping with this unprecedented catastrophe.” (Wharfage is a charge assessed against on all cargo passing through port facilities and dockage is a charge assessed against a vessel for berthing at the port.) Commissioner Oppel’s motion to “waive wharfage and dockage charges for relief supplies for Haiti for up to six months” was seconded by Commission Jean Enright and passed 5-0.