Tariffs (Hamilton)

Hamilton 2024 (valid from March 1, 2024) Port Tariffs

pdf icon 2023 Tariff Information (March 1, 2023 Version)

pdf icon 2024 Tariff Information (March 1, 2024 Version)

Note: All tariffs will be reviewed on a yearly basis, pursuant to relative sections of the Canada Marine Act in respect to the HOPA letters patent. Tariffs are in addition to any other fees prescribed in any other documents, or that may be otherwise owing.

Guangming Wu

Accounting and Trade Data Analyst,

Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority
[email protected]

Hamilton Harbour includes lands and navigable waters under the jurisdiction, administration, management and control of the Authority. Navigable waters are ALL the waters of Hamilton Harbour (formerly Burlington Bay) together with all the inlets thereof, including Cootes Paradise, but excepting Burlington Channel. Any activity within the Hamilton Harbour is subject to the Port Authority’s tariffs.

Harbour Dues

Harbour Dues are a charge against a vessel that enters or uses the Port. The charge is based on the vessel’s GRT and registry. All charges are the responsibility of the registered owner and will be forwarded to the registered owner or agent of the vessel unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing with the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. Any alternate arrangements are subject to approval by the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority.

HOPA recognizes and rewards outstanding environmental performance by offering a discount on harbour dues. For further details and to apply for the program, please view the Environmental Tariff Incentive Program.

1. Any vessel that is engaged in commercial activity and ordinarily operates between different ports, for the first 5 (five) times it enters into the harbour, 
(a)In the case of a ship of Canadian registry engaged, at the time it comes into the Port, in the carriage by water of goods or passengers from a place in Canada to another place in Canada, per gross registered tonne:$0.039
(b)In the case of a ship other than a ship referred to in paragraph (a), per gross registered tonne:$0.066
(c)The minimum charge:$201.62
2. A vessel that is laid up in the harbour or engaged in commercial activity within or from the harbour, that is self-propelled or non-self-propelled, including a tug, barge and fuel tanker, for each year or part thereof, 
(a)Not more than 200 gross registered tonnes:$395.34
(b)More than 200 gross registered tonnes:$1,186.04


A charge assessed against a vessel for occupying a berth or part thereof. The charge is based on the vessel’s GRT, vessel length and duration of stay. All charges are the responsibility of the registered owner and will be forwarded to the registered owner or agent of the vessel unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing with the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. Any alternate arrangements are subject to approval by the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority.

1. Berthage shall be imposed on every vessel occupying a berth that is engaged in loading, unloading, or any other commercial activities from the time the first line is made fast until the last line is cast off, at the following rates:
(a) for the first period of 12 hours or part thereof, per gross registered tonne: $0.039
(b) for the second period of 12 hours or part thereof, per gross registered tonne: $ 0.027
(c) for each succeeding period of 12 hours or part thereof, per gross registered tonne: $ 0.027
  Minimum charge $99.07
2. Berthage shall be imposed at the rate of $0.991 per metre of length overall, for each period of 24 hours, or part thereof, on every vessel that is
(a) laid-up or under repair, or
(b) in storage
(c) Minimum charge $99.07

3. Berthage shall be imposed at the rate of $0.515 per metre of length overall, for each period of 24 hours, or part thereof on every vessel that is continuously occupying a berth from December in any year to March in the following year.

The winter berthing charge calculation date follows the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System closing and reopening schedule every year.


A charge applied to the cargo and based upon the quantity of cargo carried. Charges are the responsibility of the cargo owner. The collection and payment of wharfage due is the responsibility of vessel owners, charterers, shipping agents, and port terminals. The use of Hamilton port wharf facilities by a vessel is deemed acceptance and acknowledgement of this responsibility. For all overseas cargo the charges will be forwarded through the agent unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing with the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. Charges for domestic cargo will be billed through the terminal operator, unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing with HOPA. Any alternate arrangements are subject to approval by HOPA, and must be made prior to the arrival of inward-bound vessels or the departure of outward-bound vessels.

Cargo Category Description Of Goods Unit Basis Rate (CAD)
 Break Bulk 1 Containers, > 20 foot Each 52.805
2 Containers, 20 foot Each 35.213
3 General Cargo – based on MT (metric tonnes) or m³ (cubic metres), whichever is greater Freight Tonne 1.568
4 Lumber, Logs Tonne W 0.764
5 Steel (includes steel plate/coil, zinc) Tonne W 0.936
 Dry Bulk 6 Aggregates in bulk (includes stone, slag, quartz, talc,sand) Tonne W 0.159
7 Agricultural Products (includes grain, corn/wheat, soybeans, canola, wood pellets) Tonne W 0.422
8 Cement in bulk Tonne W 0.764
9 Coal Tonne W 0.184
10 Coke Tonne W 0.343
11 Ferro Alloys (includes ferro carbon manganese, silico manganese, chrome ore) Tonne W 0.765
12 Fertilizer in bulk (dry) (includes urea, potash, phosphate) Tonne W 0.765
13 Gypsum in bulk Tonne W 0.606
14 Iron Ore Tonne W 0.106
15 Other dry bulk Tonne W 0.765
16 Pig Iron Tonne W 0.765
17 Raw sugar in bulk Tonne W 0.677
18 Salt in bulk Tonne W 0.330
19 Scrap Metals Tonne W 0.791
 Liquid Bulk 20 Fertilizer in bulk (liquid) Tonne W 0.765
21 Liquor, Spirits and Other Alcoholic Products Tonne W 7.156
22 Other Liquid bulk Tonne W 0.765
23 Petroleum Products – Gasoline Tonne W 0.501
24 Petroleum Products – Other (includes asphalt, bunker C, jet fuel, petroleum oil) Tonne W 0.422

Not Elsewhere Specified (NES) – if no rate for the specific commodity shipped appears in the above tariff, please contact the Authority by email at [email protected] to confirm the rate.

Note: Tug assistant, linesmen, vessel stevedoring and terminal handling services are provided by individual marine transportation companies within the port and those fees are not part of HOPA tariffs

Requirements for Documentation:

Shipping documents such as the cargo manifest, bill of lading and/or survey, in respect of inward and outward cargo of a vessel shall be provided by the owner, master, or person in charge of the vessel, through their agent or terminal operator, to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority. Documents in respect of inward cargo shall be provided to the Authority upon the arrival of the vessel. For outward cargo, the documents shall be provided prior to the departure of the vessel.

Where the required documents are not received by the Authority when due, a late document fee of $100.00 per day, from the first day the documents are due, until the day the requested documents are received in the Port Authority offices, may be charged against the vessels owners, charterers, shipping agents or port terminals.


A charge assessed for use of rail. Charges are assessed against the cargo. Responsibility for payment remains with the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority tenant based upon:

  • A fixed rate per car and;
    A rate based on its contents as per Wharfage Schedule

Exemption – where cargo is discharged from or loaded to a port vessel no contents charge will be billed providing movement occurs within 3 months. A fixed rate per car charge is applicable for all rail shipments including intermodal transport between ship and rail.

The rail rates per car are:
a.$46.78 and;
b.Contents charge as per Wharfage Schedule

Requirements for Documentation:

The tenant is responsible to complete and submit to the Port Authority offices, the Rail Car Report form, issued by the Authority, within 5 business days following the last day of the month. The report is to be accurate in every respect, and the Authority reserves the right to audit supporting documents such as the rail waybill and train listings specifying cargo. Billing delays due to late reports may result in interest charges at the rate of one and one-half percent per month (eighteen percent per annum), or portion thereof, applied to invoices where the corresponding reports have not been received when due.



The charges set out are the responsibility of the registered owner and will be forwarded to the owner or agent of the vessel. Every vessel requiring electricity service shall contact the Authority to authorize and/or arrange for service connection and disconnection. The vessel owner is responsible for all charges incurred up to the time when service is disconnected by the Authority. Land-side tenants may utilize the shore-power connection when not required by a vessel.

Vessels requesting electricity service are responsible for positioning the power cord at the disconnect switch. Users of electricity service shall reimburse the Authority for all damage to HOPA property, including blown fuses, which arises directly from any electrical equipment owned or used by the vessel or landside tenant.

1.Electricity Service Charges:
 a.Connection or disconnection performed Monday to Friday, during regular working hours from 0800 to 1600:No Charge
 b.Connection or disconnection on holidays or outside of regular working hours (minimum 3 hour charge):Current overtime rates
 c.Electrical outlet rental fee (600 A/200 V)
(minimum 30 day charge)
$10.00 / unit / day
2.Power, per kilowatt hour:Cost to the Authority

The fees prescribed herein are authorized pursuant to Article 7 of the Letters Patent of the Authority and Section 49 of the Canada Marine Act. The fees are due and owing as soon as they are incurred. However, Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority reserves the right to require payment of charges prior to ship departure.

Where any fee is not paid within 30 days of the due date, interest at the rate of one and one-half percent per month (eighteen percent per annum), or portion thereof, shall be payable on the unpaid balance. Interest shall be calculated from the date when the fees became due and owing and shall accrue and be payable by the owner without necessity of any demand therefore.

Goods on which charges are owing shall not be removed from the harbour until the charges have been paid or arrangements for payment have been made to the satisfaction of the Authority.

The Canada Marine Act permits seizure and detention of the vessel and the seizure of goods until the cost and charges incurred in respect thereof are paid in full. All carriers and vessels shall at all times comply with the Canada Port Authorities Operations Regulations.

Documents containing more detail may be obtained from the HOPA upon request. Persons interested in making representations in writing to the HOPA may do so by writing to the address below.

Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority
605 James St. North, 6th Floor
Hamilton, Ontario,
L8L 1K1

Renee Bulger, CPA, CGA

Vice President, Finance

Renee assumed the role of Vice President, Finance after having served as Director of Finance since 2023.

Renee joined the Hamilton Port Authority in 2006 as a General Accountant and was promoted to Controller in 2018. She was previously a member of the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Conservation Foundation from 2017 to 2020.

Renee received her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Larissa Fenn

Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Larissa Fenn is Vice President, Corporate Affairs at HOPA Ports, leading a team responsible for communications and government relations, sustainability reporting, corporate governance and corporate culture.

Previous positions included communications and public policy roles at the Canadian Bankers Association, Credit Valley Conservation Authority, and the Regional Municipality of Halton.

Larissa holds a B.A.(Hons) in Political Science from Queen’s University. She holds the APR designation from the Canadian Public Relations Society, and completed the Senior Public Sector Leaders program at the University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business. Larissa has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Botanical Gardens, and as a member of the Policy Council of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Fitzgerald

Vice President, Strategic Development

Bill assumed the role of Vice President, Strategic Development in 2024, after having served as HOPA’s Vice President, Operations since 2008.

Bill joined the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority in July 1995 as Project Engineer. He previously worked with the Regional Municipality of Ottawa’s Transportation Department, as well as for the Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Waterloo.

Bill received a Bachelor of Applied Science, civil engineering / water resources, in 1995 from the University of Waterloo and registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario in 1997.

Jeremy Dunn

Vice President, Operations

Jeremy assumed the role of Vice President, Operations in 2024 after having served as HOPA’s Commercial Vice President since 2019. Prior to joining HOPA, Jeremy served in successive leadership roles at The Miller Group, one of Canada’s leading transportation construction and infrastructure maintenance companies. Jeremy has managed multiple business groups in the heavy construction, asphalt paving and aggregates sectors driving results through business restructuring, service improvement and strategic growth. In his most recent role, Jeremy served as General Manager of Miller Maintenance, responsible for managing and growing Miller’s highway maintenance business in Ontario.

Previous to The Miller Group, Jeremy held the position of Director of Operations for the Dunn Group of Companies.

Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) through Queen’s University. He also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.

Janet Knight

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer for the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority since 2008, Janet joined the HPA in 1998 as Accounting Supervisor and subsequently served as Controller.

Prior to joining the HPA, Janet held the position of Financial Analyst with St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as various positions, including Marketing Communications/Research Lead with Zeneca Agro. Janet graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce. She attained the professional designation of Certified Management Accountant in 1992.

Ian Hamilton

President & CEO

Ian Hamilton is President & CEO of HOPA Ports (Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority). He assumed this role in 2017, after serving as the Port Authority’s Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate since 2008. Ian has been instrumental in developing working waterfronts in Hamilton, Oshawa, and Niagara by attracting new business and private investment, and creating an integrated marine network across Southern Ontario.

Ian possesses more than 25 years of experience in international transportation and logistics in Europe and North America, and has held progressively senior positions in the liner shipping industry, including Transatlantic Trade Director (Europe) for CP Ships and Business Development Manager for Hapag-Lloyd. Ian is Chairperson of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, and holds positions on various other boards, including: the Chamber of Marine Commerce, the Hamilton Club, and Brigs Youth Sail Training.

Ian holds an MBA from Aston University (UK) and a BSc in business administration and economics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina.