"USER PAY-USER SAY" AND MARINE COST RECOVERY IN CANADA - OPENING PANDORA'S BOX: EVOLUTION OF THE COAST GUARD'S MARINE NAVIGATION SERVICES FEE

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) applied the principle of "user pay - user say" when it welcomed industry as a full partner in the development of its Marine Navigation Services Fee (MNSF) to help defray the costs of the provision of aids to navigation and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) to ships operating in Canadian waters. In tracing the evolution of the MNSF from its introduction through various revisions, the paper examines the concept of "user pay - user say" and the collaborative efforts of the CCG and the commercial shipping industry in developing what is considered as one of the most complex marine user fees in existence today. The paper argues that the respective roles played by both government and industry in the development of the MNSF cast doubt on the efficacy of the approach as a means of guaranteeing both government and industry benefit in a cooperative venture to establish a viable and administratively manageable user charge.

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    Canadian Transportation Research Forum

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  • Authors:
    • Napier, T F
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  • Publication Date: 1999

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 117-131

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00789385
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2000 12:00AM