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St Helena freight costs go up by 13%

Charges for shipping freight to St Helena are to rise by 13 per cent from July 2012, following approval by the island’s Executive Council.

Passenger fares on the RMS St Helena are to go up by four per cent at the same time.

But the council also heard that building of larger bulk fuel storage is to be brought forward, which would help keep fuel costs down.  

Governor Mark Capes said: ‘The last increase in the freight tariff was introduced way back in March 2008.

‘Council accepted that passenger tariffs would have to rise by 4% to take account of inflation predicted for South Africa and the UK.’

The governor’s report of the meeting says councillors also discussed ways to ‘adequately address the needs of the less well off in our community.’

Charges have also been discussed with visiting officials from the Department for International Development, as part of talks on the future level of aid from the UK. 

Governor Capes continued: ‘We heard also the good news that Basil Read [the airport construction company] are bringing forward by some eight months their plan to construct a new and much larger Bulk Fuel Installation. Work on this will now begin around April this year.

‘The point here of course is that larger fuel storage tanks should help to keep fuel prices down.’

The governor also said ‘tweaks’ were being made to the new immigration control law, including a change to the way ‘certain applications for St Helena status’ are handled.

The meeting also heard that public servants needed to act on reports from the Public Accounts Committee, to help make the public service more efficient.

 

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