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I have to translate a letter from the Ministry of Agro Industry and Fisheries for my boss and there are lots of parts I don't understand, could you help me, pleeeeease. Let's start with the first paragragh, could you tell me the meaning of the underlined parts.

'I am directed to inform you that the deposit fee USD 400 paid in connection with the reporting and polling of vessels under the Vessel Monitoring System has been amended to the amount USD 500 for a period of 90 days.'

Thanks in advance.
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CoachpotatoAnother question related to ships. If I say 'the ship calls port', is it the same as saying that a ship arrives at a port?
I think so.
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port of call

1 : an intermediate port where ships customarily stop for supplies, repairs, or transshipment of cargo
2 : a stop included on an itinerary; especially : a place habitually visited


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call - OneLook Dictionary Search

call : Compact Oxford English Dictionary [home, info] ... verb: make a stop in a harbour (Example: "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow" .
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Hi guys,

The common expression with 'call' is that a ship calls at a port, meaning it stops there en route to its final destination.

Best wishes, Clive
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Coachpotato
'I am directed to inform you that the deposit fee USD 400 paid in connection with the reporting and polling of vessels under the Vessel Monitoring System has been amended to the amount USD 500 for a period of 90 days.'

directed to = instructed to, told to, ordered to

And the idea is that it is a boss or someone with authority who is directing/instructing/telling/ordering.

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'reporting and polling' - I think this refers to reporting (giving information about) ships, what they are doing, where they have been, etc. I'm not sure what "polling" means here.

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from wikipedia.com

Vessel Monitoring System , a satellite-based, near real-time, positional tracking system for fishing vessels

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In other words, this is a system that can track (observe and report) where ships are. And it can do this very quickly, so that the information is almost current.
Thanks a lot for your answer Nef.

Another question related to ships. If I say 'the ship calls port', is it the same as saying that a ship arrives at a port?

As you can see I have just started working in a shipowners company, and this is a new world for me.
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I'm not sure. Is there any more context?

"The ship calls port" might mean that someone on the ship communicates with the port.

But if the ship "calls in port", I think the ship arrives.
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