Shipowners are complaining that pleasure craft pay nothing for navigation aids.

Shipowners are complaining that pleasure craft pay nothing for navigation aids. “Industry has long objected to the imposition of light dues on merchant shipping,” said the chairman of the London Shipowners’ and River Users’ Society, “while pleasure craft pay nothing at all despite the benefits they derive from navigational aids.”

The society, which represents companies involved in shipping and port activities, is urging the Government to reconsider recent proposals which will lead to a very significant increase in light dues. “This is certainly not the time to be imposing a further burden on an already hard pressed industry”, he said.