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Update On Canary Islands Lighthouse Tax

By doina — last modified Jul 28, 2007 09:12 PM

Published: 2007-07-28 21:12:52
Countries: Canary Islands

Noonsite received further information following our report

More Information On Spanish Port Fees

A sailor who recently visited Marina Atlantico in Tenerife writes:

"There appears to be confusion regarding the lighthouse tax that is being charged at Marina Atlantico in Tenerife even amoungst other marinas in the Canary Islands.

I moved recently from Atlantico after having paid the full years lighthouse tax and having receipts to show this. On presentation of these receipts at the marina that I have now moved to the staff there informed me that this charge should not be pro rated over 50 days, but should be charged on a daily basis: the total divided by the 365 days.

I was urged to seek an explanation from Atlantico as this method of collection is causing problems amoungst other marinas and, if what I was told is correct, is the wrong way to apply the tax.

The aspect that affects visiting yachts is that we are being unfairly overcharged.

Below is a schedule of payment pasted from a previous email to Noonsite of this subject and the schedule that Atlantico are charging.

20% of the yearly rate upon first entry in a Spanish harbour, this is supposed to cover the next 10 days.

after 10 days another %20 which covers next 10 days

after 50 days you have paid the rate for the whole year and are not supposed to be charged anymore."