FSM: Kosrae Chamber of Commerce Board report on port fees – Update
Published 10 years ago, updated 4 years ago
January 9th, 2014
The Kosrae Chamber of Commerce Board has now resolved the controversy regarding fees for visiting pleasure boaters and have issued a document entitled “Pleasure Boat Arrival Procedure” and which also details the fees charges. See here.
February 1st, 2013
I am the secretary for the Kosrae Chamber of Commerce Board. We just learned of the port fees controversy (see news item here).
I have had a personal conversation with the Secretary of the Port Authority Board and he assured me that the Port Authority is seriously concerned about the fees issue. They held a special meeting last week to discuss and resolve.
At this point they have taken two steps: One is to meet with the port general manager and advise him to be very careful on his interpretation of the regulations relating to the fees and to make sure that his fees are correct within the current regulation; The second step is to review the current fee structure and modernize it. Especially, to separate the fees for recreational vessels from those for commercial vessels.
Please understand that cruisers are very welcome on Kosrae. In this instance I think that some unfortunate things were said on both sides, however, the community welcomes cruisers as does the business community and island leaders.
Kosrae Chamber of Commerce Board