Light Dues

Trinity House has a statutory duty to collect General Light Dues from vessels calling at UK and Irish ports. Light Dues collected are paid into the General Light House Fund under the stewardship of the Department for Transport. The fund finances the work of Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board (Scotland and the Isle of Man) and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (Ireland).

Light Dues is a tax, the rates for which are set annually by the respective Shipping Ministers of the UK and Ireland.


Tugs and fishing vessels (10 meters in length and over) are liable for annual payments based on the registered length of the vessel. They can elect to make two six payments at a higher rate.

UK Annual payment per vessel of £190 plus £20/m over 10 metres

IRL Annual payment per vessel of €270 plus €30/m over 10 metres

UK Six month payment per vessel of £110 plus £12/m over 10 metres

IRL Six month payment per vessel of €150 plus €20/m over 10 metres


Pleasure craft (20 tons and over)

UK annual payment of £77. However, where ordinarily used and kept outside the UK, a payment of £26 per visit of 30 days or less; maximum in any year £78.

IRL annual payment of €100. However, where ordinarily used and kept outside the Republic of Ireland or UK, a payment of €40 per visit of 30 days or less; maximum in any year €100.

This does not apply to pleasure craft used for commercial purposes (e.g. excursion vessels), which are liable to payment under ‘All Other Vessels’.


All other vessels - current and previous rates are shown in the table below:


From

To

UK LD rates

IRL LD rates

Tonnage cap

Voyage cap

01 April 201831 March 201937.5 pence per NRT60 cents per NRT40,0009 per year

01 May 2017

31 March 2018

37.5 pence per NRT

60 cents per NRT

40,000

9 per year

01 April 2016

30 April 2017

38 pence per NRT

60 cents per NRT

40,000

9 per year

01 April 2015

31 March 2016

39 pence per NRT

60 cents per NRT

40,000

9 per year

01 April 2014

31 March 2015

40 pence per NRT

60 cents per NRT

40,000

9 per year

01 April 2013

31 March 2014

41 pence per NRT

60 cents per NRT

40,000

9 per year

01 April 2012

31 March 2013

41 pence per NRT

60 cents per NRT

40,000

9 per year

01 April 2011

31 March 2012

41 pence per NRT

60 cents per NRT

40,000

9 per year

01 April 2010

31 March 2011

41 pence per NRT

60 cents per NRT

40,000

9 per year


NRT: Net Registered Tonne, as assessed in accordance with the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships 1969.

In the UK the minimum charge per voyage is £60 and in Ireland €75.