A new window of opportunity to opt to enter the UK's successful Tonnage Tax
regime opens July 1, 2005, says leading shipping accountancy firm Moore
Stephens. "This is good news for shipowners and operators who didn't opt in the first time, as almost every company in the regime has gained from it," writes Sue Bill
, shipping tax partner, in the current issue of Moore
Stephens shipping newsletter, the Bottom Line. Bill goes onto qualify her
good news, writing, "At the same time, the UK tonnage tax rules have also
been amended to meet EU guidelines on state aid to maritime transport."
Bill details new flagging and vessel type rules and concludes, "The UK
government commitment is clear from the proposed changes and is good news
for the UK shipping sector. The flagging requirement imposed by the EU has been incorporated into the tonnage tax regime as fairly as possible. Look
through the tonnage tax window, the view is good."
Also in Bottom Line, David Anstis reviews
the EU Ports Directive and warns
of new risks to port investments, Chris Chasty looks
at EU and other
competition authority pressure on shipping pools and Richard Greiner
examines how EU rules on bunkers will affect shipowners' costs.