Are all vessels using ports in the UK and Ireland liable for light dues?

No. Several classes of vessel are exempt, including ships putting in solely for bunkers, stores, crew changes, pilots, medical emergencies or because of stress of weather or damage (as long as they do not earn revenue from the call). Many small vessels and harbour craft are also exempt. Ships in ballast are no longer exempt.

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If light dues are payable by a ship, what document must be obtained before departure?

On what basis are light dues payable at UK ports?