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The Freight Exchange Fixture Agreement Terms

A. PART I – GENERAL TERMS
1. Preamble
It is mutually agreed between the party mentioned in Box 2. as the Owners of the Vessel named and with particulars as specified in Boxes 14. and carrying about the number of tons of deadweight cargo stated in Box 4. , now in the position as stated in Box 10. and expected ready to load under this Charter about the date indicated in Box 9. , and the party mentioned as the Charterers in Box 3.
That the said Vessel shall proceed to always afloat and always accessible loading port named in Box 5. or if prevented from entering such port by unforeseeable hindrances then so near thereto as she may safely get and lie, always afloat and there load in the customary manner as ordered by the Charterers a full and complete cargo of the description as stated in Box 4. which the Charterers bind themselves to ship, and being so loaded shall therewith proceed to always afloat and always accessible discharging port named in Box 7. as ordered on signing Bill of Lading, or if prevented from entering such port by unforeseeable hindrances then so near thereto as she may safely get and lie, always afloat and there deliver the said cargo in the customary manner as ordered on arrival.
2. Owners Responsibility
The Owners are to be responsible for loss of or damage to the goods or for delay in delivery of the goods only in case the loss, damage or delay has been caused by personal want of due diligence on the part of the Owners or their Manager to make the Vessel in all respects seaworthy and to secure that she is properly manned, equipped and supplied or by the personal act or default of the Owners or their Manager.
And the Owners are not responsible for loss, damage or delay arising from any other cause whatsoever, even from the neglect or default of the Owners or crew or some other person employed by the Owners on board or ashore for whose acts they would, but for this Clause, be responsible, or from unseaworthiness of the Vessel on loading or commencement of the voyage or at any time whatsoever.
3. Subletting, Assigning Clause
The Charterers shall have the liberty of subletting or assigning this Charter Party to any individual or company, but the Charterers shall always remain responsible for the due fulfilment of all the terms and conditions of this Charter Party and shall warrant that any such sublet or assignment to another party will not result in the Vessel being restricted in her future trading.
4. Compliance and Corporate Social Responsibility Clause
a. Owners and Charterers undertake that in the performance of this Charter Party they shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations, respect the protection of human rights and internationally accepted labor standards, they shall not use child or forced labor or discriminate in respect of employment, they shall avoid conflicts of interest and respect the environment.
b. Owners and Charterers undertake that they will not make, offer or authorize any payment, gift, promise or other advantages, in relation to the service, whether directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of any public official, third party or personnel of the other party in order to obtain or retain business.
c. Owners and Charterers shall actively promote and seek to ensure compliance with the principles as mentioned above and rules in and amongst their servants, sub-contractors and other partners.
5. Lien and Cesser and right to resell cargo Clause
All liability of Charterer shall cease on completion of Loading except for the payment of freight, deadfreight and/or demurrage. Owner shall have a lien on all cargoes for freight, deadfreight and/or demurrage on the condition that freight is payable under Clause “Freight Payment Clause” above and Owner has issued a freight invoice to Charterer.
In the event that a lien is exercised by Owner and freight is not paid within [14] days of the exercise of that lien, Owner shall have the right to sell without notice to the Charterer and at the sole risk and expense of the Charterer all or part of the cargo by public auction or private treaty on terms at the Owner’s discretion.
In any event, any lien shall extend to cover the cost of recovering any sums due.
6. Liquidation or Bankruptcy of the Owners
If Owner becomes insolvent or bankrupt or has receiving order made against it or compounds with its creditors, or being a corporation commences to be wound up, or is placed under official management or carriers on its business under a receiver, trustee, liquidator or provisional liquidator for the benefit of any or all of its creditors owners shall forthwith notify Charterer accordingly and Charterer may either:
i)terminate the Charter Party forthwith by notice to owner, receiver, trustee, liquidator, provisional liquidator, official manager or to any other person in whom the Charter Party may have become vested.
ii)give to the receiver, trustee, liquidator, provisional liquidator, official manager or other person the option to perform the Charter Party subject to him providing a guarantee (satisfactory to Charterer) for the time being remaining to be performed for the due and faithful performance of the Contract.
iii)Any option given under paragraph (ii) of this Clause shall be exercisable within fourteen (14) days of its receipt.
A Charterer may also, without prejudice to any of the rights set out above, treat the Charter Party as having been fundamentally breached if any of the events specified in the first paragraph hereof occur”
7. No Objection Certificate
If vessel is despondently owned, the Owners to furnish No Objection Certificate from Head Owners and other owners in the link (if any) as per Charterers’ format. Where NOC is not available, Letter of indemnity shall be asked for at the discretion of the charterer and in case the owner/broker is not able to provide either the NOC or the letter of indemnity, it shall be treated as a substantial breach of this Contract.
8. Deviation Clause
Any deviation in saving or attempting to save life or property at sea, or any reasonable deviation, shall not be deemed to be an infringement of this Charter Party, and Owners shall not be liable for any loss or damage resulting therefrom.
9. Bills of Lading Clause
The Master shall authorize the agents at the load port(s) to sign and release on his behalf three negotiable Bills of Lading or nonnegotiable Sea Waybills if requested by Charterer, at any time Charterer’s or Shipper’s request this for any quantity loaded up to that time. Shipper’s weights in accordance with the shore scales/tally/weighbridge/draft survey (in Charterer’s sole option) at the loading port shall be accepted as tonnage shipped and Mate’s Receipts shall be drawn up accordingly. Bills of Lading or Sea Waybills are always to be drawn up in conformity with the Mate’s Receipts.
10. Second Bill of Lading Clause
In case 2nd set of B/L’S required:
First original set to be issued and released at load port as per governing agreed Charter Party provisions. The 2nd set of the Bills of Lading if required by the Charterers, to be issued at Charterers registered office country only after Charterers confirm to Owners in writing that they/or their agents/or their representatives are in possession of the first original set of Bills of Lading and confirm that same has been marked ‘null and void’ and furthermore undertake to courier said original set to Owners.
However, prior Charterers dispatching the first original set to Owners, Charterers undertake to fax the first set of original Bill of Lading to Owners as proven evidence. On this basis, Owners will permit Charterers to issue the 2nd set of original Bills of Lading which to be strictly in conformity with the first original set and prior issue and release same Charterers undertake to fax said copy for obtaining Owners prior written approval.
11. Non-presentation of Bills of Lading Clause
If requested by Charterer, the Master shall release all or part of the cargo at the Discharging port(s) without presentation of an original Bill of Lading. Prior to discharge, Charterer shall provide Owner with a Letter of Indemnity in the form of wording recommended by the International Group of P&I Clubs current as at the date of this Contract but without a bank guarantee. Such Letter of Indemnity shall automatically become null and void and to be promptly returned to Charterer upon presentation of an original Bill of Lading to Owner or Master.
12. Split of Bills of Lading
Charterers and/or agents are hereby authorized by Owners/Master to split Bills of Lading and issue ship delivery orders in negotiable and transferable forms against the collection of the full set of original Bills of Lading. Delivery orders to conform with all terms and conditions and exceptions of Bills of Lading and shall not prejudice ship-owners rights. The Owners shall not be responsible for delivery of the cargo to each delivery order holder and without prejudice to ship-Owners rights. Owners remain responsible for the total quantity loaded.
13. Switch Bills of Lading
Charterers may require switch Bills of Lading. If such request arises, Owners to agree to issue switch Bills of Lading where Charterers would hand over 1 st set of original Bills of Lading issued. Any charges and time for issuing switch Bills of Lading to be borne by Charterers. However, the new set of original Bills of Lading shall be released only upon Charterers surrendering the 1 st full set of original Bills of Lading with stamped Null & and Void to the Owners / Owners’ agents. The Charterers shall guarantee that there will be no more than 1(one) set of original Bills of Lading in circulations at any time.
14. Change of Bill of Lading
It is a condition of this contract that Owners allow Charterers or their agents to make lawful amendments such as destination, distribution of quantities, Shippers, Consignees, Notify, to any initial Bill(s) of Lading. Furthermore, Owners to give the right to Charterers to specify in the face of Bill(s) of Lading the precise destination or authorize Agency to issue and/or split and sign on Master’s behalf, as per Owners’ authority, new set(s) of Bill(s) of Lading under the following conditions ;
a. Total quantity and description of the cargo to be fully in accordance with the initial Bill(s) of Lading
b. New set(s) of Bill(s) of Lading and subsequent amendments to be emailed to Owners for approval before releasing them, together with the emailed initial original Bill(s) of Lading. Owners’ approval to be given within reasonable time (twelve working hours) after sending of the emailed documents. The initial complete set of original Bills of Lading to be surrendered, stamped “canceled” and returned to the Shipowners office simultaneously with the issuance and release of the new set(s) of original Bill(s) of Lading. Upon Shipowners agreement, same can be performed by Agency.
c. Charterers hereby undertake and guarantee Owners and/or Master entirely and fully harmless from any liability arising therefrom and to indemnify Owners for all costs and consequences as a result of Charterers acting within the above authority.
15. BIMCO Electronic Bills of Lading Clause
a. At the Charterers’ option, bills of lading, sea waybills and delivery orders referred to in this Charter Party shall be issued, signed and transmitted in electronic form with the same effect as their paper equivalent.
b. For the purpose of Sub-Clause (a) the Owners shall subscribe to and use Electronic (Paperless) Trading Systems as directed by the Charterers, provided such systems are approved by the International Group of P&I Clubs. Any fees incurred in subscribing to or for using such systems shall be for the Charterers’ account.
c. The Charterers agree to hold the Owners harmless in respect of any additional liability arising from the use of the systems referred to in Sub-Clause (b), to the extent that such liability does not arise from Owners’ negligence.
16. BIMCO Standard Dispute Resolution Clause 2016
a. This Contract shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the place mutually agreed by the Parties and any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Contract shall be referred to arbitration at a mutually agreed place, subject to the procedures applicable there.
b. Notwithstanding the above, the parties may agree at any time to refer to mediation any difference and/or dispute arising out of or in connection with this Contract. In the case of any dispute in respect of which arbitration has been commenced under the above, the following shall apply:
(i)Either Party may at any time and from time to time elect to refer the dispute or part of the dispute to mediation by service on the other Party of a written notice (the “Mediation Notice”) calling on the other Party to agree to mediation.
(ii)The other Party shall thereupon within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt of the Mediation Notice confirm that they agree to mediation, in which case the Parties shall thereafter agree a mediator within a further fourteen (14) calendar days, failing which on the application of either Party a mediator will be appointed promptly by the Arbitration Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) or such person as the Tribunal may designate for that purpose. The mediation shall be conducted in such place and in accordance with such procedure and on such terms as the Parties may agree or, in the event of disagreement, as may be set by the mediator.
(iii)If the other Party does not agree to mediate, that fact may be brought to the attention of the Tribunal and may be taken into account by the Tribunal when allocating the costs of the arbitration as between the Parties.
(iv)The mediation shall not affect the right of either party to seek such relief or take such steps as it considers necessary to protect its interest.
(v)Either Party may advise the Tribunal that they have agreed to mediation. The arbitration procedure shall continue during the conduct of the mediation but the Tribunal may take the mediation timetable into account when setting the timetable for steps in the arbitration.
(vi)Unless otherwise agreed or specified in the mediation terms, each Party shall bear its own costs incurred in the mediation and the Parties shall share equally the mediator’s costs and expenses.
(vii)The mediation process shall be without prejudice and confidential and no information or documents disclosed during it shall be revealed to the Tribunal except to the extent that they are disclosable under the law and procedure governing the arbitration.
17. LMAA Small Claims Clause
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Charter Party, the parties agree that all arbitrations where the amount at issue in dispute is less than USD 100.000 shall be conducted according to the small claims procedure 1994 of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association as amended from time to time.
18. Cargo Shortage Clause
Without prejudice to the rights that Charterers and Owners may have under the Bill of Lading. Owners, as named in this charter party, are to remain liable for any damage or shortage of Cargo. Any Cargo shortage at discharging port is to be covered by Owners under the P&I Club insurance.
19. Cargo Damage Clause
Notwithstanding anything in this Charter Party to the contrary, any time lost during discharge or load operation of the goods due to delays arising from damage to the cargo for which Owners are responsible due to unseaworthiness of the vessel or otherwise, shall not count as laytime or time on demurrage.
20. Force Major Clause
Without prejudice to any party’s rights under the Ice Clause, Owner shall not be liable to Charterer, nor will Charterer be liable to Owner, whether in demurrage or in any other respect whatsoever, for any failure or delay in the performance of obligations under this Contract, and any such delay shall neither count as laytime nor as demurrage, if such failure or delay is due to or results from the following: act of war or the threat or anticipated imminence thereof; restraints of rulers, governments, or people; act or threat of terrorism; legislation, decrees, orders, regulations or the like in the country of origin or of Vessel’s flag; unrest or disturbance, sabotage, blockade, sanctions, civil commotion, political disturbances, breakdOwners, power failure, accidents, or stoppages whether total or partial, at ports, on railways, or other means of transport to or from the ports; epidemics; disease; quarantine; Act of God; weather (including but not limited to drought, fog, frosts, floods, snow, storms, tidal wave, tsunami, tempest or washaways); any other event or occurrence of any nature or kind whatsoever beyond the reasonable control of Owner and/or Charterer, whether similar or dissimilar to the causes or circumstances mentioned above. A party affected by Force Majeure may not rely on Force Majeure if the reason it is unable to perform is caused by a failure of any person to discharge a contractual or other obligation in favour of the affected party, other than by reason of Force Majeure.
Charterer will not be liable to Owner, whether in demurrage or in any other respect whatsoever, for any failure or delay in the performance of obligations under this Contract and time shall neither count as laytime nor as time on Demurrage if such failure or delay is due to any of the aforementioned events stated within this Clause.
The party whose performance of any obligation is affected, or who has reason to believe such performance may be affected, by reason of any of the events referred to above shall, as promptly as possible, give written notice thereof to the other party concerned, and shall as promptly as possible thereafter notify the other party concerned, in writing, of particulars of the relevant event and supply supporting evidence.
Should any of the events referred to above lead to delays in excess of [0] days, for any of the contracted cargo(es), then either Charterer or Owner, shall have the right to cancel the relevant contracted cargo(es) without any liability under this Contract for either party including demurrage; alternatively by mutual agreement, this Contract shall be suspended for the period so affected and Owner and Charterer shall negotiate and so decide whether the terms of this Contract shall be extended beyond the original term by the period of suspension hereof.
Should this Contract relate to more than one voyage, if the cumulative Force Majeure events in any applicable Contract year total more than [0] days, Charterer shall have the right to reduce the contractual number of shipments to be performed in that contractual year.
21. War Risks Clause (Voymar 2013)
a. For the purpose of this Clause, the words:
(i)”Owners” shall include the shipowners, bareboat charterers, disponent owners, managers or other operators who are charged with the management of the Vessel, and the Master; and
(ii)”War Risks” shall include any actual, threatened or reported:
War, act of war, civil war or hostilities; revolution; rebellion; civil commotion; warlike operations; laying of mines; acts of piracy and/or violent robbery and/or capture/seizure (hereinafter “Piracy”); acts of terrorists; acts of hostility or malicious damage; blockades (whether imposed against all vessels or imposed selectively against vessels of certain flags or ownership, or against certain cargoes or crews or otherwise howsoever), by any person, body, terrorist or political group, or the government of any state or territory whether recognised or not, which, in the reasonable judgement of the Master and/or the Owners, may be dangerous or may become dangerous to the Vessel, cargo, crew or other persons on board the Vessel.
b. If at any time before the Vessel commences loading, it appears that, in the reasonable judgement of the Master and/or the Owners, performance of the Contract of Carriage, or any part of it, may expose the Vessel, cargo, crew or other persons on board the Vessel to War Risks, the Owners may give notice to the Charterers canceling this Contract of Carriage, or may refuse to perform such part of it as may expose the Vessel, cargo, crew or other persons on board the Vessel to War Risks; provided always that if this Contract of Carriage provides that loading or discharging is to take place within a range of ports, and at the port or ports nominated by the Charterers the Vessel, cargo, crew, or other persons on board the Vessel may be exposed to War Risks, the Owners shall first require the Charterers to nominate any other safe port which lies within the range for loading or discharging, and may only cancel this Contract of Carriage if the Charterers shall not have nominated such safe port or ports within 48 hours of receipt of notice of such requirement.
c. The Owners shall not be required to continue to load cargo for any voyage, or to sign bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage for any port or place, or to proceed or continue on any voyage, or on any part thereof, or to proceed through any canal or waterway, or to proceed to or remain at any port or place whatsoever, where it appears, either after the loading of the cargo commences, or at any stage of the voyage thereafter before the discharge of the cargo is completed, that, in the reasonable judgement of the Master and/or the Owners, the Vessel, cargo, crew or other persons on board the Vessel may be exposed to War Risks. If it should so appear, the Owners may by notice request the Charterers to nominate a safe port for the discharge of the cargo or any part thereof, and if within 48 hours of the receipt of such notice, the Charterers shall not have nominated such a port, the Owners may discharge the cargo at any safe port of their choice (including the port of loading) in complete fulfilment of the Contract of Carriage. The Owners shall be entitled to recover from the Charterers the extra expenses of such discharge and, if the discharge takes place at any port other than the loading port, to receive the full freight as though the cargo had been carried to the discharging port and if the extrabdistance exceeds 100 miles, to additional freight which shall be the same percentage of the freight contracted for as the percentage which the extra distance represents to the distance of the normal and customary route, the Owners having a lien on the cargo for such expenses and freight.
d. If at any stage of the voyage after the loading of the cargo commences, it appears that, in the reasonable judgement of the Master and/or the Owners, the Vessel, cargo, crew or other persons on board the Vessel may be exposed to War Risks on any part of the route (including any canal or waterway) which is normally and customarily used in a voyage of the nature contracted for, and there is another longer route to the discharging port, the Owners shall give notice to the Charterers that this route will be taken. In this event the Owners shall be entitled, if the total extra distance exceeds 100 miles, to additional freight which shall be the same percentage of the freight contracted for as the percentage which the extra distance represents to the distance of the normal and customary route.
e. (i) The Owners may effect War Risks insurance in respect of the Vessel and any additional insurances that Owners reasonably require in connection with War Risks and the premiums therefor shall be for their account.
(ii) If, pursuant to the Charterers’ orders, or in order to fulfil the Owners’ obligation under this Charter Party, the Vessel proceeds to or through any area or areas exposed to War Risks, the Charterers shall reimburse to the Owners any additional premiums required by the Owners’ insurers. If the Vessel discharges all of her cargo within an area subject to additional premiums as herein set forth, the Charterers shall further reimburse the Owners for the actual additional premiums paid from completion of discharge until the Vessel leaves such area or areas. The Owners shall leave the area or areas as soon as possible after completion of discharge.
(iii) All payments arising under this Sub-Clause (e) shall be settled within fifteen (15) days of receipt of Owners’ supported invoices.
f. The Vessel shall have liberty:
(i)to comply with all orders, directions, recommendations or advice as to departure, arrival, routes, sailing in convoy, ports of call, stoppages, destinations, discharge of cargo, delivery, or in any other way whatsoever, which are given by the government of the nation under whose flag the Vessel sails, or other government to whose laws the Owners are subject, or any other government of any state or territory whether recognised or not, body or group whatsoever acting with the power to compel compliance with their orders or directions;
(ii)to comply with the requirements of the Owners’ insurers under the terms of the Vessel’s insurance(s);
(iii)to comply with the terms of any resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations, the effective orders of any other Supranational body which has the right to issue and give the same, and with national laws aimed at enforcing the same to which the Owners are subject, and to obey the orders and directions of those who are charged with their enforcement;
(iv)to discharge at any alternative port any cargo or part thereof which may expose the Vessel to being held liable as a contraband carrier;
(v)to call at any alternative port to change the crew or any part thereof or other persons on board the Vessel when there is reason to believe that they may be subject to internment, imprisonment, detention or similar measures;
(vi)where cargo has not been loaded or has been discharged by the Owners under any provisions of this Clause, to load other cargo for the Owners’ own benefit and carry it to any other port or ports whatsoever, whether backwards or forwards or in a contrary direction to the ordinary or customary route.
g. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners for claims arising out of the Vessel proceeding in accordance with any of the provisions of Sub-Clauses (b) to (f) which are made under any bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage.
B. h. When acting in accordance with any of the provisions of Sub-Clauses (b) to (f) of this Clause anything is done or not done, such shall not be deemed to be a deviation, but shall be considered as due fulfilment of the Contract of Carriage.
22. Private and Confidential Clause
Each party and their respective officers, directors, employees, affiliates and consultants shall keep confidential this Agreement and its terms and shall not disclose such confidential information to any other person except with the written consent of the other party (such consent to not be unreasonably withheld) or in circumstances where either or both parties are ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction or required by applicable laws or by a party’s auditors to do so, or in circumstances where a party reports information on the price, route or vessel type (only) to price or freight reporting agencies.
C. PART II – PAYMENT TERMS
23. Freight Payment Clause
a. Freight basis per Metric tons Basis Free in out stowage basis one loading port to one discharge port
b. Charterer shall pay 10 percent of freight on the maximum quantity after 5 banking days of cargo booked to The Freight Exchange’s account and remian Freight to be paid [Bill of Lading/Delivered] weight in United States Dollars to The Freight Exchange’s account w/i Three (3) banking days after completion of loading operations and signing/releasing Bill(s) of Lading . Bills of lading to be marked “freight payable as per charter party” .
c. In the event that Charterers’ require “freight prepaid” Bills of Lading, same will only be released upon receipt of freight by Owners or presentation to Owners of proof of freight payment.
d. Freight deemed, earned, discountless, non-returnable whether vessel and or cargo lost or not.
e. If Owner fails to send Charterer a correct freight invoice by the time that the Bills of Lading are signed and released, the time for payment of freight under this sub-Clause shall be amended and extended such that Charterer is not obliged to pay freight until 5 days after Owner’s invoice is received, without prejudice to Charterer’s rights or Owner’s obligations under this Contract
f. For the purposes of this Clause, “banking day” means any day on which banks in Singapore, Newyork and Switzerland are generally open for the conduct of business.
g. Owner’s banking details: to be inserted;
24. Dead-freight Clause
If the Charterers fail to supply a cargo as specified in Box 4. , dead-freight shall be payable but the Charterers shall not be bound to supply cargo in excess of any quantity stated by the Owners as the Vessel’s capacity made available to the Charterers.
The Laytime shall be calculated on that quantity. The Owners/Master shall be entitled to Clause Bills of Lading for any dead-freight due. If the Shippers/ Suppliers state in writing that no more cargo will be shipped, the Owners shall not need to have any such statement confirmed by the Charterers.
25. Demurrage Clause
a. Charterers to pay Demurrage at Loading and Discharge Ports at the rate of (as agreed) per day or pro-rata for a part of a day for all time used in excess of allowed laytime.
b. Owners to pay Dispatch Money at the rate of One-half of the Demurrage Rate per day or pro-rata for a part of day for all laytime saved. Owners/Agents must send to Charterers the Statement of Facts immediately after completion of cargo the vessel.
c. Owners to present laytime calculation to Charterers five (5) running days after discharging is completed and Charterers have ten (10) running days to reply/confirm.
d. Demurrage, calculations are valid only with properly signed, wheater broadcasting report/sof/nor/time sheets and pertaining invoices.
e. Undisputed amounts to be anyhow paid after Charterers/Owners reached on the agreement and within thirty (30) running days from presentation of Owners/Charterers invoice, or in a quartered basis if agreed between the Parties.
f. Once on Demurrage always on Demurrage both ends.
26. Taxes/Dues/Port Charges Clause
a. On Vessel – The Owners shall pay charges and taxes customarily levied on the Vessel, howsoever the amount thereof may be assessed.
b. On cargo – The Charterers shall pay charges, duties and taxes customarily levied on the cargo, howsoever the amount thereof may be assessed.
c. On freight – Taxes levied on the freight shall be for the Charterers’ account but the owner will provide all necessary documents.
27. Canal Dues Clause
Canal dues if any at Loading Port and Discharge Port to be paid by Owners’ and refunded by Charterers against presentation of invoice.
28. Extra War Risk Insurance Premium Clause
Charterer shall pay for the additional cost, if any, of any War Risks Insurance premiums on the vessel and for her crew over the rates in effect on the date of this Charter Party which are necessitated by the trade in which the vessel is employed under this Charter Party. All War Risk Bonuses paid by Owner to members of the crew, in accordance with the provisions of Owner’s Maritime Board agreements, and/or similar agreements in excess of those in effect on the date of this Charter Party as to the trade in which the vessel is employed under this Charter Party shall to the extent of the excess (if any) of the rates from time to time prevailing such trade over those in effect on the date of the commencement of the voyage, be for Charterer’s account.
29. Brazilian Taxes
As per the Brazilian regulation, if a company is based on a tax haven country or even if not based on a tax haven country but if the company is registered on special tax condition (e. g. LLC companies in U.S.A. whose members is composed of non-resident shareholders), additional taxes on freight will be charged by Brazilian authorities. In this case, any additional taxes on freight will be for owners’ account and responsibility. Owners is not responsible for any additional taxes on freight if Charterers has duly approved owners’ full style and bank details by the time of fixture. If the Brazilian legislation changes after fixture, owners must provide a new full style and bank details that is not considered as a tax haven country.
30. DG Shipping Lines Fee Clause
DG shipping license/coastal conversion/re-conversion or any related cost/duty/liabilities to be on charterers account.
31. River Tools Clause
Any River Tools to be for charterers account
32. Commissions Clause
An address commission as stated in Box 20. on the gross amount of freight, deadfreight and/or demurrage shall be deducted by Charterer upon payment of same. Brokerage as stated in Box 20 on the freight, deadfreight and/or demurrage shall be due to the broker named in Box 20. upon payment of same and is payable by Owner.
D. PART III – PORT TERMS
33. BIMCO Bulk Carrier Safety Clause
a. The Charterers shall instruct the Terminal Operators or their representatives to co-operate with the Master in completing the IMO SHIP/SHORE SAFETY CHECKLIST and shall arrange all cargo operations strictly in accordance with the guidelines set out therein.
b. In addition to the above and notwithstanding any provision in this Charter Party in respect of loading/discharging rates, the Charterers shall instruct the Terminal Operators to load/discharge the Vessel in accordance with the loading/discharging plan, which shall be approved by the Master with due regard to the Vessel’s draught, trim, stability, stress or any other factor which may affect the safety of the Vessel.
c. At any time during cargo operations, the Master may if he deems it necessary for reasons of safety of the Vessel, instruct the Terminal Operators or their representatives to slow down or stop the loading or discharging.
d. Compliance with the provisions of this Clause shall not affect the counting of laytime.
34. Laytime Clause
a. The cargo shall be loaded or Discharged basis per weather working day of 24 consecutive hours.
b. Opening and closing of the hatches whenever required by charterers, shippers, receivers and/or stevedores to be done by vessel’s crew in Owner’s time and expenses which provided same is permitted by local regulation.
c. Laytime at the Loading and Discharge Ports shall commence %Turntime% hours after tendering Notice of Readiness.
d. Laytime to count, as per BIMCO Holiday Calendar.
e. Laytime at ports of loading and discharging to be non-reversible.
f. If used the actual time to count on Saturday Sunday Holiday Excluded basis laytime.
g. Used Time for Draft Surveys, Arrival-Departure Formalities, Holds inspections to count as Laytime if exceed turn-time.
h. Time eventually lost due to weather conditions preventing the vessel from entering the port and /or berth shall be discounted from laytime, even if the vessel is on demurrage.
i.Overtime shall be for the account of the party ordering the same. If overtime is ordered by port authorities, the same shall be for Charterers’ account, but overtime for officers and crew shall always be for Owners’ account.
j.At load or discharge port(s), Owner/Master shall not tender, Notice of Readiness is Charterer or its Agents obliged to accept, Vessel’s Notice of Readiness prior to the commencement of laycan, unless otherwise previously agreed. In the event that Charterer or Shippers can arrange to load or discharge before time commences to count, Master shall allow work to be done, in which case actual time used to count. Charterer’s and/or Charterer’s nominated agent’s acceptance of the Notice of Readiness before the commencement of laycan is without prejudice to Charterer’s rights in respect of the Notice of Readiness so tendered and shall not be construed as a waiver of any rights. Time for loading or discharge shall count (allowing for any turn time agreed) after Notice of Readiness has been tendered and accepted by Charterer.
35. Agents Clause
a. Charterers to nominate agency at loading and discharging ports (contact details to be informed). Owners to pay all port charges at loading and discharging port(s) as usual but always official tariff to be applied. Proforma disbursement amount at loading port(s) and discharging port(s) will be remitted by Owners directly to loading port and discharging port agents prior to vessels arrival to the ports in question.
b. Charterers not to be responsible if there is any penalty due to delay in payment or non-payment of disbursement accounts by owners.
c. Shippers and/or receivers and/or Charterers’ representatives have the right to be on board the Vessel during its stay in port(s).
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36. Notice of Readiness Clause for Loading Port
Notice of Readiness shall be tendered at the first or sole Loading Port and shall be delivered to the Charterers or their agents at official hours, unless otherwise agreed, Sundays and holidays included (“SHINC”).
37. Advance Notice Clause
a. The Owners and/or the Master shall give the following estimated time of arrival (ETA) notices at Loading Port to the shippers or, if not named, the Charterers or their agents:
i.notice of ETA at time of fixture;
ii.7 and 5 days’ notice of ETA;
iii.72 and 48 hours’ notice of ETA; and
iv.24 hours’ definite notice of arrival.
b. Upon giving the 5 days’ notice, the Master shall declare the exact quantity of cargo required and the stowage plan, failing which the Charterers shall only be responsible for Loading a minimum quantity as stated in Box 4.
c. After sailing from the Loading Port, the Vessel’s position and an updated ETA at the Discharging Port shall be sent every day. Any delay in ETA exceeding 12 hours shall be reported immediately, failing which the Owners shall be fully responsible for any consequences and/or expenses resulting from such delay.
d. Notice shall also be given 72, 48 and 24/12/6 hours in advance of ETA at the Discharging Port.
38. Presentation of Notice of Readiness Clause
Notice of Readiness (NOR) at each load or discharge port shall be tendered in writing by VHF/Fax/Telex/Telegram/E-mail/Facsimile/courier to Charterer and/ or Charterer’s nominated agent (if any) after the Vessel has arrived and is in all respects ready whether in port or not, whether in berth or not, whether customs cleared or not, whether in free pratique or not. If after berthing the vessel is found not to be in free pratique or free pratique is not granted on arrival at the berth, laytime shall be deemed not to have commenced until when the vessel is in fact in free pratique and in all respects ready to load or discharge. If the loading or discharge berth or anchorage is unavailable at this time due to the berth or anchorage being occupied by another vessel, the Vessel may tender its Notice of Readiness from the normal recognised waiting for place designated by the Port Authority, even if outside the normal port limits and whether or not the Vessel has been cleared by customs and/or quarantine authorities.
39. Shifting Expenses and Time Clause
a. Cost of shifting between Loading berths and cost of shifting between Discharging berths to be for Charterers’ account, time so used shall count.
b. If the vessel is required to shift from one Loading or Discharging berth to a lay berth or anchorage due to subsequent Loading or Discharging berth(s) not being available, all such shifting expenses, as defined above shall be for Charterers’/Receivers’ account, time so used shall count.
c. If the vessel shifts from the anchorage or waiting place outside the port limit either directly to the first Loading or Discharging berth or a lay berth or anchorage within the port limits the cost of that shifting shall be for Owners’ account and time so used shall not count even if the vessel is on demurrage.
d. Shifting in and out of the same berth If vessel is required by Charterers or Receivers or Port Authorities to shift out of the Loading berth or the Discharging berth and back to the same berth, one berth shall be deemed to have been used, but shifting expenses from and back to the Loading or Discharging berth so incurred shall be for Charterers’/Receivers’ account and laytime or time on demurrage shall count.
40. River Navigation
a. Vessel to load as much cargo as the Master considers safe according to the river draft on navigation to discharge port at the time of loading.
b. After sailing loading port, Owners to remain the sole responsibility for any consequences arising from river draft reduction independently of the nature of the said consequences (i.e. grounding, lightering, time lost, etc. )
41. BIMCO Stevedore Damage Clause for FIO Voyage Charter Parties 2008
a. The Charterers shall be responsible for damage (fair wear and tear excepted) to any part of the Vessel caused by Stevedores. The Charterers shall be liable for all costs for repairing such damage and for any time lost, which shall be paid in an amount equivalent to the demurrage rate.
b. The Master or the Owners shall notify the Charterers or their agents and the Stevedores of any damage as soon as reasonably possible, failing which the Charterers shall not be responsible.
c. Stevedore damage affecting seaworthiness shall be repaired without any delay before the Vessel sails from the port where such damage was caused or discovered. Stevedore damage affecting the Vessel’s trading capabilities shall be repaired before leaving the last port of discharge, failing which the Charterers shall be liable for resulting losses. All other damage which is not repaired before leaving the last port of discharge shall be repaired by the Owners and settled by the Charterers on receipt of Owners’ supported invoice.
42. Permissible Draft
The Vessel shall proceed to the first or sole discharging port via the most direct route unless otherwise agreed. Loading and discharging port(s) rotation shall be at Owner’s option unless otherwise agreed. Prior to arrival at loading and discharging port(s) Owner and Master to be solely responsible for determining the applicable size, draft, length, beam and air draft limitations and any other restrictions.
43. Charges Clause
Towage for the raft, terminal service charges, handling charges, and such wharfages and other dues and taxes as are charged against cargo, if any, shall be for the Charterers’ account.
44. Sanctions Compliance Clause
a. Notwithstanding any other term of this Contract, both parties agree to the following conditions which are incorporated into this Contract:
i.to comply in the performance of this Contract with the strictest obligations imposed by any applicable sanctions measures, or, if more stringent, with the standards of sanctions measures issued or adopted from time to time by HM Treasury of the UK, the Australian Government, Switzerland, the US Government (including the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”)), the European Union, the United Nations Security Council, and NATO as though such regulations were applicable to the parties (“Sanctions”); and
ii. not to require the other party or any third party (including any financial institution or insurer) to take any action or perform any obligation in relation to the Contract which involves or may reasonably be considered to involve a violation of Sanctions applicable to such party. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Clause shall relieve either party of any obligation to make a payment due under any other terms of this Contract.
iii. For the avoidance of doubt, the standards set forth in (a)(i) and (a)(ii) shall require due diligence by the parties as to, without limitation, the countries and ports of origination, destination, and transit in a voyage; and by Charterer: the direct and indirect ownership, country of origin and ultimate destination of cargoes shipped; and by Owner: the owner and location of suppliers of bunkers; the country of organisation, registration, location or residence of the vessel, vessel owner(s), sub-charterers, and crews.
ii. If either party becomes aware of any circumstances of any actual or potential breach of Sanctions by any party then that party shall promptly disclose those circumstances to the other party to this Contract.
b. No Blocked Vessel may be nominated or used pursuant to this Contract and Owner expressly warrants that the Vessel which is the subject of this Contract is not a Blocked Vessel. For this purpose, a Blocked Vessel shall be a vessel:
i.listed on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons published and amended from time to time by OFAC (the “SDN List”), the EU’s or UK’s Consolidated List, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Consolidated List, or the Consolidated List of a UN Security Council Sanctions Committee under a resolution imposing an assets freeze (collectively, “Sanctions Lists”);
ii. the registered owner of which is named on a Sanctions List;
iii. directly or indirectly owned, chartered, operated or controlled by any individual or entity named on a Sanctions List;
v.flagged or registered by a country that is the subject of Sanctions.
vi.owned or chartered by an individual or entity that is registered, constituted or organized in, or who is a citizen or resident of or located in, a country that is the subject of Sanctions.
vii.acceptance of which by the party to whom the Vessel has been nominated or used pursuant to the terms of this Contract (“Accepting Party”) would constitute a violation of any Sanctions without limitation to any other Sub-Clause in this Contract by the Accepting Party, as if the Accepting Party were required to comply with Sanctions, all as amended from time to time.
c. No party to this Contract shall permit any vessel nominated or used pursuant to this Contract to originate or terminate its voyage in a country that is the subject of territorial Sanctions. Nor shall any party to this Contract permit any vessel nominated or used pursuant to this Contract to transit any country that is the subject of Sanctions.
d. Any party to this Contract who breaches a provision of this Clause will be liable to and indemnify the other for any and all directly related losses, fines, damages and costs whatsoever suffered by the other to the maximum extent permitted under the law of the Contract and which arise solely out of the said violation or breach, as the case may be.
45. Calcutta – Sandheads Clauses
If vessel ordered to wait at Sandheads, time to count after arrival at Sandheads.
46. Cyprus Trader
Owners warrant that the vessel is not Cyprus flag and has not traded to Cyprus in last call.
47. ITF and Boycott Clause
Owner shall provide, if required, evidence to Charterer that Vessels, excluding those of national flag and manned by Master and crew of the same nationality as the flag state, shall comply with all the requirements of the International Transport Federation (‘I.T.F. ‘) or any successor organisation at the Loading and Discharging Port(s) from time to time applicable. If the vessel does not possess a current I.T.F. certificate or equivalent acceptable to the I.T.F. or if the vessel certificate lapses at any time during the currency of each voyage under this Charter Party, Charterer may terminate the voyage. Further, Owner shall keep Charterer fully indemnified against any consequences (including any delay occasioned thereby and also including Charterer’s costs to provide a suitable replacement Vessel to meet its scheduling requirements) of the Vessel’s lack of certification and/or failure to comply with any rules, by-laws or regulations as aforesaid.
48. Japanese Trading Clause
Owner undertakes as a condition that the Vessel shall have on board a valid International Group of P&I Club’s certificate of insurance issued by MOLIT (Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport (Japan)) as required under Japanese law. Owner shall ensure full compliance with all Japanese reporting obligations required under Japanese law. Further and without prejudice to Charterer’s other legal rights, Owner shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Charterer against all consequences arising out of non-compliance with this provision.
49. Lighterage Clause
Charterers has the option to load from barges sent alongside and/or discharge into barges sent alongside. Lighterage, if any, shall be at Charterer’s risk and expense, including such fendering necessary for safe operations.
50. NAABSA Clause
Always subject to the Owners’ approval, which is not to be unreasonably withheld, the Vessel during loading and/or discharging may lie safely aground at any safe berth or safe place where it is customary for vessels of similar size, construction and type to lie, if so requested by the Charterers, provided always that the Charterers have confirmed in writing that vessels using the berth or place will lie on a soft bed and can do so without suffering damage. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners for any loss, damage, costs, expenses or loss of time, including any underwater inspection required by the class, caused as a consequence of the Vessel lying aground at the Charterers’ request.
51. BIMCO North American Advance Cargo Notification Clause for Voyage Charter Parties 2016
1. US Notification Requirements for Voyage Charter Parties
(a)If the Vessel loads or carries cargo destined for the US or passing through US ports in transit, the Owners shall comply with the current US Customs regulations (19 CFR 4. 7) or any subsequent amendments thereto and shall undertake the role of carrier for the purposes of such regulations and shall, in their own name, time and expense:
1. Have in place a SCAC (Standard Carrier Alpha Code);
2. Have in place an ICB (International Carrier Bond); and
3. Submit a cargo declaration by AMS (Automated Manifest System) to the US Customs.
(b)The Charterers shall provide all necessary information to the Owners and/or their agents to enable the Owners to submit a timely and accurate cargo declaration. The Charterers shall assume liability for and shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Owners against any loss and/or damage whatsoever (including consequential loss and/or damage) and/or any expenses, fines, penalties and all other claims of whatsoever nature, including but not limited to legal costs, arising from the Charterers’ failure to comply with any of the provisions of this sub Clause. Should such failure result in any delay then, notwithstanding any provision in this Charter Party to the contrary, alltime used or lost shall count as laytime or, if the Vessel is already on demurrage, time on demurrage.
(c)The Owners shall assume liability for and shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Charterers against any loss and/or damage whatsoever (including consequential loss and/or damage) and any expenses, fines, penalties and all other claims of whatsoever nature, including but not limited to legal costs, arising from the Owners’ failure to comply with any of the provisions of sub-Clause (a). Should such failure result in any delay then, notwithstanding any provision in this Charter Party to the contrary, all time used or lost shall not count as laytime or, if the Vessel is already on demurrage, time on demurrage.
(d)The assumption of the role of carrier by the Owners pursuant to this Clause and for the purpose of the US Customs Regulations (19 CFR 4. 7) shall be without prejudice to the identity of carrier under any bill of lading, other contract, law or regulation.
2. Canadian Notification Requirements for Voyage Charter Parties
(a)As between Owners and Charterers, Owners shall be deemed to be the Conveyance Operating Carrier for the purposes of the Canada Customs Act and any relevant regulations, memorandums or notices issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”).
(b)Subject to sub-Clause (c) below, Owners will be responsible for obtaining a Marine Carrier Code (Bonded or Non-Bonded) as may be required and for providing the CBSA with the Advance Commercial Information by Electronic Data Interchange or otherwise on a timely basis.
(c)The Charterers shall provide Owners with all information necessary for the timely and accurate submission of Advance Commercial Information to the CBSA.
(d)Each party shall indemnify the other party for any and all fines, penalties, expenses, loss, damage, delay or any other claim, including attorney’s fees, arising from its failure to comply with this Clause.
(e)For the avoidance of doubt, nothing contained in this Clause is intended to vary any other provision of this charter as to responsibility for cargo and identity of carrier.
52. River Plate Congestion
If the vessel is not allowed to proceed Up River on her arrival at Recalada or Zona Commun or elsewhere due to congestion at the designated Port/Berth, the vessel has the right to tender the N.O.R. at Recalada (or wherever the vessel is stopped by the Port Authorities) and time to commence to count as per terms of the Charter Party. Shifting time from departure Recalada (or wherever the vessel is stopped) to arrive at the loading Port/ Berth not to be counted as laytime or time on demurrage.
53. BIMCO Seaway and Great Lakes Trading Clause
a. Without prejudice to any conditions in this Charter Party applicable to ice, the Charterers shall have the privilege of trading the Vessel to the Great Lakes in the open season but the Vessel shall not be required to enter the St. Lawrence Seaway without the prior consent of the Owners less than 20 days before the officially declared closing date. Even in the event of accident, stranding, collision, engine breakdown or any other cause whatsoever occurring without any personal fault of the Owners, their Managers or Agents, if the Vessel is unable to gain access to the sea because of ice conditions in the Lakes or the St. Lawrence Seaway and/or delays in port or ports and/or locks hindering departure prior to the closing date, hire shall continue during the time of the detention.
b. The Charterers shall be responsible for any penalties imposed by the US/Canadian Authorities for leaving the Seaway after the official closing date unless delay is caused by the Owners.
c. The Charterers shall pay any additional insurance premiums required on hull, machinery, freight and disbursements to operated outside Institute Warranty Limits
d. All St. Lawrence Seaway cargo tolls assessed by Canadian and United States Authorities to be paid by Charterers or their Agents in Canada or the U.S.A. in addition to the freight.
54. BIMCO Ship-to-Ship Transfer Clause for Dry Bulk Voyage Charter Parties
a. The Charterers shall have the right to order the Vessel to conduct ship to ship cargo operations to or from any other vessel(s), including floating cranes and barges, hereinafter “Ship to Ship Operations”. All such Ship-to-Ship Operations shall be at the Charterers’ risk, cost and expense.
b. The Charterers shall direct the Vessel to a safe place, anchorage or berth for the conduct of such Ship-to Ship Operations where the Vessel can safely proceed to, lie and depart from, but always subject to the Master’s approval. The Charterers shall provide adequate fendering, securing and mooring equipment, and/or other equipment, as necessary for these operations, to the satisfaction of the Master.
c. The Charterers shall obtain any and all relevant permissions from proper authorities to perform Ship-to-Ship Operations.
d. If Ship-to-Ship Operations are carried out at a place or anchorage, such place or anchorage shall be considered as a berth. Notice of readiness may be tendered at such place or anchorage and laytime shall count in accordance with the Charter Party. If, at any time, the Master considers that Ship-to-Ship Operations are, or may become, unsafe, he may order them to be suspended or discontinued. In such event the Master shall have the right to order the other vessel(s) away from the Vessel or to remove the Vessel. Any stoppages or additional time attributable to Ship-to-Ship Operations shall not be excluded from laytime or time on demurrage.
e. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners for any liabilities, losses or costs, arising out of or related to Ship-to-Ship Operations.
55. Swedish Fairway
It is agreed that Swedish fairway dues based on cargo is for Charterers’ account.
56. Towage Clause
Towage, at both ends, even when appointed by the Charterers agents shall be deemed to be the servants of the Owners for all purposes and Charterers/Shippers not to be responsible for their negligence or default. Towage damages at loading and discharging ports, if any, are to be settled directly between Owners and Towage operator, without the intervention of Charterers or Receivers.
57. U.S. Public Health Law Clause
If Vessel calls at any U.S. Port for purpose of loading or discharging cargo and/or Embarking or disembarking passengers, Vessel’s cargo gear and all other Equipment shall comply with regulations established by U.S. Public Law 85-742 Part 9 (Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring). If longshoremen are not permitted to work due to failure of the Master and/or Owners, agents to comply with aforementioned. Regulations, any delay resulting therefrom shall be for Owners’ account.
It is understood any Vessel under this charter party has not called at a Cuban or North Vietnamese port or place since 1st January 1962, except if USA government Gives permission to such a Vessel with permission to be obtained by Owners.
Owners guarantee that the Vessel is not prohibited from trading with the United States of America by law, order or regulation of the United States Government.
Vessel to comply with U.S. Coast Guard/IMO Regulations for loading intention cargo. Cargo to be loaded within U.S. Coast Guard/IMO Regulations.
58. BIMCO U.S. Security Clause for Voyage Chartering
If the Vessel calls in the United States, including any U.S. territory, the following provisions shall apply with respect to any applicable security regulations or measures:
Reporting
The Vessel or its agents shall report and send all notices as required to obtain entry and exit clearances from the relevant U.S. authorities. Any delay caused by the failure to so report shall be for the Owners’ account, unless such failure to report is caused by or attributable to the Charterers or their representatives or agents including but not limited to the shipper and/or receiver of the cargo.
Clearances
Unless caused by the Owners’ negligence, any delay suffered or time lost in obtaining the entry and exit clearances from the relevant U.S. authorities shall count as laytime or time on demurrage.
Expenses
Any expenses or additional fees relating to the cargo, even if levied against the Vessel, that arise out of security measures imposed at the loading and/or discharging port and/or any other port to which the Charterers order the Vessel, shall be for the Charterers’ account. Notice of Readiness Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Charter Party the Vessel shall be entitled to tender Notice of Readiness whether cleared for entry or not by any relevant U.S. authority.
59. BIMCO U.S. Tax Reform 1986 Clause
Any U.S. Gross Transportation Tax as enacted by the United States Public Law 99-514, (also referred to as The U.S. Tax Reform Act of 1986), including later changes or
amendments, levied on income attributable to transportation under this charter party which begins or ends in the United States, and which income under the laws of the
United States is treated as U.S. source transportation gross income, shall be reimbursed by the Charterers.
60. BIMCO EU Advance Cargo Declaration Clause for Voyage Charter Parties 2012
a. If the Vessel loads cargo in any EU port or place destined for a port or place outside the EU (“Exported”) or loads cargo outside the EU destined for an EU port or place or passing through EU ports or places in transit (“Imported”) the Owners and the Charterers shall for the purposes of this Clause comply with the requirements of the EU Advance Cargo Declaration Regulations (the Security Amendment to the Community Customs Code , Regulations 648/2005; 1875/2006; and 312/2009) or any subsequent amendments thereto.
b. The Owners shall, in their own name, and in their time and at their expense:
1. Have in place an EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification);
2. Where the cargo is being Imported: Submit, or arrange for the submission of, an entry summary declaration. Unless otherwise permitted by the relevant customs authorities, such declarations shall be submitted to them electronically;
3. Assume liability for and indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Charterers against any loss and/or damage and/or any expenses, fines, penalties and all other claims of whatsoever nature, including but not limited to legal costs, arising from the Owners’ failure to comply with any of the provisions of this sub-Clause (b). Should such failure result in any delay then, notwithstanding any provision in this Charter Party to the contrary, all time used or lost shall not count as laytime or, if the Vessel is already on demurrage, time on demurrage.
c. The Charterers shall, in their time and at their expense:
1. Provide all necessary information to the Owners and/or their agents to enable the Owners to submit a timely and accurate cargo declaration. Information to be provided no later than three (3) working days prior to loading of the cargo;
2. Where the cargo is being Exported: Submit, or arrange for the submission of, a customs declaration for export, or, if a customs declaration or a re-export notification is not required, an exit summary declaration. Unless otherwise permitted by the relevant customs authorities, such declarations shall be submitted to them electronically;
3. Assume liability for and indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Owners against any loss and/or damage and/or any expenses, fines, penalties and all other claims of whatsoever nature, including but not limited to legal costs, arising from the Charterers’ failure to comply with any of the provisions of this sub-Clause (c). Should such failure result in any delay then, notwithstanding any provision in this Charter Party to the contrary, all time used or lost shall count as laytime or, if the Vessel is already on demurrage, time on demurrage.
61. BIMCO U.S. Wharfage Clause
Vessel dockage, if assessed, to be for account of the vessel whereas any wharfage assessment against or based upon tonnage loaded and/or discharged to be for account of the Charterers or Receivers of the cargo.
62. U.S.A. Clause Paramount
This Bill of Lading shall have effect subject to the provisions of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act of the United States, approved April 16, 1936, which shall be deemed to be incorporated herein, and nothing herein contained shall be deemed a surrender by the carrier of any of its rights or immunities or an increase of any of its responsibilities or liabilities under the said Act. If any term of this Bill of Lading be repugnant to said Act to any extent, such term shall be void to that extent, but no further.
63. BIMCO Ice Clause for Voyage Charter Parties
The Vessel shall not be obliged to force ice but, subject to the Owners’ approval having due regard to its size, construction and class, may follow ice-breakers.
a. Port of Loading
1. If at any time after setting out on the approach voyage the Vessel’s passage is impeded by ice, or if on arrival the loading port is inaccessible by reason of ice, the Master or Owners shall notify the Charterers thereof and request them to nominate a safe and accessible alternative port. If the Charterers fail within 48 running hours, Sundays and holidays included, to make such nomination or agree to reckon laytime as if the port named in the contract were accessible or declare that they cancel the Charter Party, the Owners shall have the option of canceling the Charter Party. In the event of cancellation by either party, the Charterers shall compensate the Owners for all proven loss of earnings under this Charter Party.
2. If at any loading port the Master considers that there is a danger of the Vessel being frozen in, and provided that the Master or Owners immediately notify the Charterers thereof, the Vessel may leave with cargo loaded on board and proceed to the nearest safe and ice free place and there await the Charterers’ nomination of a safe and accessible alternative port within 24 running hours, Sundays and holidays excluded, of the Master’s or Owners’ notification. If the Charterers fail to nominate such alternative port, the vessel may proceed to any port(s), whether or not on the customary route for the chartered voyage, to complete with cargo for the Owners’ account.*
b. Port of Discharge
1. If the voyage to the discharging port is impeded by ice, or if on arrival the discharging port is inaccessible by reason of ice, the Master or Owners shall notify the Charterers thereof. In such case, the Charterers shall have the option of keeping the Vessel waiting until the port is accessible against paying compensation in an amount equivalent to the rate of demurrage or of ordering the Vessel to a safe and accessible alternative port. If the Charterers fail to make such declaration within 48 running hours, Sundays and holidays included, of the Master or Owners having given notice to the Charterers, the Master may proceed without further notice to the nearest safe and accessible port and there discharge the cargo.
2. If at any discharging port the Master considers that there is a danger of the Vessel being frozen in, and provided that the Master or Owners immediately notify the Charterers thereof, the Vessel may leave with cargo remaining on board and proceed to the nearest safe and ice free place and there await the Charterers’ nomination of a safe and accessible alternative port within 24 running hours, Sundays and holidays excluded, of the Master’s or Owners’ notification. If the Charterers fail to nominate such alternative port, the vessel may proceed to the nearest safe and accessible port and there discharge the remaining cargo.
3. On delivery of the cargo other than at the port(s) named in the contract, all conditions of the Bill of Lading shall apply and the Vessel shall receive the same freight as if discharge had been at the original port(s) of destination, except that if the distance of the substituted port(s) exceeds 100 nautical miles, the freight on the cargo delivered at the substituted port(s) shall be increased proportionately.
64. Swell Clause
The Charterer shall arrange one good, safe, always accessible and swell free berth or Anchorage, suitable for intended operation, and where the vessel can always lie afloat. If any delay occurred due to swelling time to count even vessel on demurrage and bunker costs to be for owners account.
65. Bunker Fuel Sulphur Content Clause
Owners confirm they are aware of the maximum sulphur content requirements of any sulphur emission control area ( seca ) the vessel may be required to enter during the performance of the charter party. Owners shall, without loss of time and/or deviation, use fuels of such specifications and grades to ensure compliance with these requirements. For the purpose of this Clause, seca shall mean areas as stipulated in marpol annex vi and/or zones and/or areas regulated by regional and/or national authorities suc as, but not limited to, the eu and the us environmental protection agency. Owners shall indemnify, defend and hold charterers harmless in respect of any direct or indirect loss, liability, delay, fines, costs or expenses arising or resulting from owners’ failure to comply with this Clause owners shall have the right to bunker enroute in laden condition before entering sulphur emission control area (seca) and owners to do utmost to minimize time loss and deviation in this respect, however same always to be at owners’ expense.
66. I.W.L. Trading Clause
Charterers to pay additional insurance premium on hull and machinery actually paid by owners for breaching I.W.L. Such additional premium not to exceed that for minimum coverage under the London underwriters minimum scale on conditions no wider than their standard form of institute time Clauses.
Owners confirm that hull and machinery policies contain waiver of subrogation rights against charterers for loss of or damage to vessel however caused notwithstanding any term, condition or exception of the charter owners to waive all claims against charterers for damage arising or resulting from navigating outside I.W.L. and/or to ports which are reasonably accessible. Master to exercise due diligence to avoid loss of or damage to ship and cargo.
67. Dog Stowaway Search
Dog stowaway search in South African ports to be for Charterer’s account.
68. AHL Fitted
The vessel shall comply with all Commonwealth of Australia Navigation Orders/Regulations in particular but not limited to, Marine Orders Part 32 (Cargo and Cargo Handling Equipment and Safety Measures) which govern the vessel(s) hold and crane ladders as well as ships cargo handling equipment, and Marine Orders Part 23 (Equipment – Miscellaneous and Safety Measures) which govern gangways. Should the vessel not so comply then responsibility for any modification shall be at Owners risk and time shall not count nor demurrage accrues during the period of such delay and any extra expenses incurred, including cost of labour ordered and not used, to be for Owners account. Owners guarantee the vessel is Australian hold ladders fitted.
69. Arab League
The Vessel is not banned, boycotted, picketed or blacklisted by the Arab league. Should The vessel be banned, boycotted, picketed, blacklisted, troubled or faced with Similar incident(s) at any port or place by shore and/or port labours and/or Tugboats and/or pilots, or by governments and/or any authority by reason of the Vessel’s flag or terms and conditions on which members of the officers/crew are Employed, all consequences and any extra expenses incurred therefrom to be for Owners’ account. Owners/Master warrant that the vessel is not Israeli owned nor under Israeli flag and will not call at an Israeli port during this voyage.
70. Brazilian Environmental Laws
Owners’ also to fully comply with Brazilian Environmental Laws No. 9. 966 dated April 29th 2000, 2. 508 dated March 4th 1998, 2. 870 dated December 10th 1998, NORMAM-20/DPC as per 52/DPC dated June 14th 2005, ANVISA requirements. Any cost incurred, including delays to loading/discharging, as a result of non-compliance with those regulations will be for Owners account.
71. Brazilian Navy Survey Clause
The Owners confirm they will cooperate with Brazilian Navy’s Directorate of Ports and Coasts (Coast Guard Equivalent) (“DPC”) Programme of enforcing IMO/Solas Requirements (especially Rules 6 and 11 Chapter 1 Part B) directed to Bulk Carriers built over eighteen (18) years ago by which:
i.Owners agree to furnish upon request the following documents for DPC’s appraisal:
1. Detailed Survey Report from last dry-docking.
2. Status Report with recommendations or pending items with Classification Society.
3. All certificates required by International Conventions as well as Class Certificates and Vessel’s registration in flag state.
4. Documents proving:

(i)The Owners’ full style;
(ii)Leading Hull underwriters; and
(iii)The Owners’ P & I Club.

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2. General Arrangement;
3. Shell Expansion;
4. Midships Section;
5. Transverse Bulkheads;
6. Longitudinal Bulkheads (if any); and
7. Structural Profile.

II. DPC requires the Owners to have the Vessel inspected prior to loading at a Brazilia port by a qualified surveyor from a recognised Classification Society independent from the Society under which Vessel is classed. The Report of such inspection must be submitted to DPC for final approval at least two (2) days before the Vessel’s arrival at the Loading Port. Any losses, liabilities, directly related costs and consequences incurred by the Charterers arising from such failure to comply with the requirements of this Clause or submit a report satisfactory to DPC shall be for the Owners’ account.
72. Breaking Ice
The Vessel is not obliged to force ice but to follow icebreakers in accordance with the Government’s Icebreakers Boards instructions.
D. PART IV – CARGO REQUIREMENTS
73. BIMCO HME Cargo Residues Disposal Clause
If the cargo is harmful to the marine environment (HME) in accordance with MARPOL Annex V, the Charterers shall be responsible for all extra costs and time and/or losses incurred by the Owners associated with the storage, removal and disposal of HME cargo related residues and/or hold washing water. Compensation for such extra time shall be in an amount equivalent to the rate of demurrage stipulated in the charter party. Storage, removal and disposal shall always be in accordance with MARPOL Annex V or other applicable rules.
74. Appendix B Clause
Owners confirm that Vessel is Appendix B Fitted
75. Fuel Tanks Degree Clause
Owners confirm any heated fuel tanks in holds are kept below 50 Celcius degrees.
76. Fumigation Clause
Vessels must be able to be fumigated in-transit with an aluminum phosphide preparation in accordance with the USDA/FGIS fumigation handbook and vessels that cannot be so fumigated will not be considered. At final loading port, commodity supplier will arrange and pay for in-transit fumigation performed by a certified applicator in accordance with the USDA/FGIS handbook. Fumigation must be witnessed by USDA/FGIS and the aluminum phosphide preparation must be contained in packaging as described in the handbook. Dust retainers must be used. For tween-deckers, the recirculation method of fumigation will be used. For all other vessels, the surface method of fumigation will be used. Tween-deck vessels will be considered provided they are acceptable for in-transit fumigation in accordance with FGIS fumigation handbook. Offers of such vessels must be accompanied by the copy of the letter from USDA/FGIS stating that the vessel can be fumigated under the FGIS in-transit fumigation procedures. Additionally, tween-deck vessels are acceptable only when a certified applicator states that the vessel has been inspected and found to be suitable for in-transit fumigation. Offers of such tween-deck vessels must be accompanied by a letter from the certified applicator. At the discharge port and upon inspection by government inspectors, if cargo and/or vessel is found to be infested and provided that clean bills of lading were issued, fumigation costs are for owners (vessel) account, time counting.
77. Gas Free Certificate Clause
All cargo holds and other compartments have to be gas-free. Gas-free certificate to be presented to Agents, if so required by Port Authorities, before the commencement of loading/discharging. All damages and/or expenses and/or costs, for not complying with these conditions, to be borne by Owners and any time lost not to count as laytime or time on demurrage if the vessel is already on demurrage. Any time used to obtain Gas-free certificate not to count as laytime or time on demurrage.
78. Grab Discharge Clause
Vessel to be guaranteed suitable for grab discharge, available in clear unobstructed main holds only; no cargo to be loaded in tweendecks, deeptanks or bunkers spaces or any other compartment. Any time lost and trimming incurred for cargo not accessible for spout/grabs to be for Owners’ account. Deeptanks, tunnels and all other provisions within vessel’s holds have to be sheltered by Owners against possible damage by Receivers’ discharging grabs, failing which Owners to be responsible for all consequences. It is understood and agreed that the vessel has clean steel holds with no centerline or no fittings or no obstructions or cargo battens and no wooden or bituminous or composite floors.
79. Hatches Sealing Clause
After completion of loading, hatches should be sealed with hatch sealing ram-nek tapes on the hatch covers and by foam in all around Hatch cover corners to avoid ingress of moisture/ humidity. Charterers have the option to apply marine tape to the hatchcovers at their own time and account. Owners to be liable for any loss or damage to the Cargo caused by but not limited to water through ventilators, leakage through hatchcovers, leakage of water and/or oil from tanks , valves, pipes, etc.
80. Hold Cleanliness Clause
At Loading Port before tendering of Notice of Readiness, the Owners and the Master shall ensure that Vessel holds are clean, swept and dry, free of all loose rust scale and residues of previous cargoes and in all respects suitable to load the %cargo% cargo. After tendering Notice of Readiness, the Vessel is found by the Charterers’ Surveyor not to be suitable for loading the %cargo%; the holds shall be further cleaned and dried at the Owners’ expenses and time even vessel on demurrage until the Vessel holds passed survey. In the Owners’ opinion, acceptance of the Vessel’s holds has been unreasonably withheld, either initially or after additional cleaning, the parties shall, within twelve (12) running hours, jointly appoint an Independent International Surveyor to re-inspect the holds and whose decision on the suitability of the holds for loading shall be final.
a. If the Independent Surveyor determines that the holds are unsuitable for loading, his fees and expenses shall be borne by the Owners.
b. If the Independent Surveyor determines that the holds are suitable for loading, his fees and expenses shall be borne by the Charterers.
c. Time shall continue to count either in accordance with the initial Notice of Readiness or, if additional cleaning was performed, from the time of acceptance of the holds by the Independent Surveyor.
81. Hold Ladders Clause
The stepping ladders giving access down to the holds will be in good working order and according to usual port´s regulations, allowing longshoremen an easy and safe entrance and exit. At loading port, a gangway shall be placed and accessibility to be safe and secure at all times – no people from Charterers/Shippers, their agents or dockers will board the vessel without safe gangway. In default of above all loading, discharging operations will be stopped and laytime will not count. All costs involved will be for Owners/vessels account.
82. Hose Test Clause
Vessels’ holds to be hose tested/washed out with fresh water prior to loading. Vessels’ holds to be dry, clear and clean and free of smell before loading. In case hold(s) fail the hose test then the vessel will be considered not ready for loading cargo and NOR to be re-tendered upon readiness to load. If the vessel fails Hose Test and Shipper/Surveyor require Marine Tape due to vessels Hatch cover not in proper condition, then sealing of Hatch cover by Marine tapes to be on owners time & account.
83. Asian Gypsy Moth Clause
Owners guarantee that vessel is free from Asian Gypsy Moth. Should vessel have called at any Japanese port(s) designated as an Asian Gypsy Moth high-risk port by either the Japanese Government and/or USDA and/or APHIS and/or PPQ during the high-risk period designated by any of those authorities during a period of one year prior to the canceling date of this shipment, then Owners shall provide an Asian Gypsy Moth free certificate if required by Charterers. However, should Asian Gypsy Moth infestation be found, fumigation to be arranged by and paid for by Owners and time not to count as laytime or as time on demurrage during such fumigation and until the vessel is passed as free from Asian Gypsy Moth.
84. Holds Cleaning Clause
The Vessel’s holds shall be swept clean and washed down, preferably with fresh water, dry and free from the previous cargo’s residues, loose rust scales, paint flakes and dirt especially behind frames and beams and shall be ready in every respect to safely load the specified %cargo% cargo before she is acceptable as ready to load and may commence loading. Remains of grain, including but not limited to oats, barley and sorghum, seeds, cereals and similar agricultural products are particularly harmful contaminants and must be removed to the satisfaction of the independent surveyor before giving Notice of Readiness (NOR) for loading the cargo of %cargo%. Owners must also ensure that there is no trace or presence of any timber products such as wood-chips, bark, etc. The Vessel’s holds or hatches shall not be painted within one (1) month prior to the date of loading and the Owners guarantee that the paint is dry and will not damage or discolor the cargo.
Cargo holds shall be presented for pre-loading inspection by an independent surveyor appointed and paid for by the Charterers at the loading port. Such inspection shall take place as soon as possible after the Vessel tenders Notice of Readiness to load but latest on the Vessel’s arrival at the loading berth. If the cargo holds are rejected by the independent surveyor due to insufficient cleanliness, the Vessel shall proceed to a designated waiting place to continue cleaning. Once sufficiently cleaned, the Vessel shall be re-berthed, subject to availability of berth. The Owners shall then present the Vessel for re-inspection as soon as possible. All costs, expenses and time resulting from the aforementioned rejection of the Vessel’s cargo holds shall be for Owners’ account. If the Vessel fails hold survey, time shall stop counting from the time of rejection until the Vessel passes hold inspection, but the initial NOR shall be in force and no re-tendering of NOR shall be required. If the Vessel has missed the canceling date, time until commencement of loading shall be for the Owners’ account.
85. Inspection Clause
Owners to allow following inspections at port of loading ;
Cargo and vessel inspection (pre and after loading), ultrasonic weather tightness hold test, gas free test, holds salinity test. In case of salinity test result is positive, the owner shall provide the washing of holds and a new salinity test will be applied. If it is noted that there is no more salt presence the loading operation will be resumed. However, all previous time lost to solve this problem will not count as laytime. In case ultrasonic weather tightness hold test is positive for leakage of holds, the owner shall provide the holds repair before vessel departure from the port. Owner will be responsible for all and any damage to cargo which may be sustained in view of incorrect sealing of the holds.
86. Lashing / Securing / Dunnage
The Charterers shall provide and lay all dunnage material and/or Kraft paper and/or other suitable substitute material as required for the proper stowage and protection of the cargo on board; the Owners to allow the use of any dunnage available on board. The Charterers shall be responsible for and pay the cost of the removal and disposal of the dunnage, lashings and other protective materials after discharge of the cargo and time to count without interruption until the dunnage, lashings and protective materials have been removed.
87. Latest Cargo for Cement/Ash Loading
Vessel shall not handle any sugar in bulk in her last five (5) voyage.
88. Latest Cargo for Grain Loading
Owners warrant performing vessel not to have carried Petcoke/Cement as last cargo
89. Latest Cargo for Sulphur Loading
Performing vessels not to have carried Petcoke/Fishmeal as last or previous as last cargo
90. Lime Wash Cleaning Clause
Owners to arrange all holds assigned for cargo will be lime washed be coated with hold bloc which to be accepted by surveyors. Tank-tops, tunnel shaft and exposed pipelines and all other provisions within Vessel’s holds to be adequately protected by Owners for their time and account.
91. Mate Receipt Quantity Clause
Bill of Lading(s) quantity shall be actual quantity loaded which to be determined by mill’s certificates or similar acceptable evidence of cargo tonnage. ( the Draft survey is not acceptable to Charterers.) Master has to sign Mate’s Receipt(s) after loading of the cargo into the vessel at the end of each shift, provided same is prescribed accordingly to the ship’s command.
Mate’s Receipt(s) remarks if any, must be specific and cargo related only and to be announced daily so to allow the Shippers to verify the Master’s observations all latest 36 hours prior completion of lading and not lashed/secured. Remarks like any or some; or in percentage are not acceptable and are not considered valid, unless specifically requested by Charterers.
Master has always to make all necessary remarks regarding cargo conditions into the Mate’s Receipt. Shippers always have to keep original Mate’s Receipt in their files.
Charterers or Shippers have the right to sign and release bills of lading in full conformity with the Mate’s Receipt(s).
In case of Master, Charterers or Shipper signs clean bills of lading (s), not in conformity with the Mate’s Receipt(s), Charterers or Shippers will keep Master/Owner fully exempted of any claim related directly or indirectly with the damage described in the Mate’s Receipt. If requested and agreed Shippers/Charterers will sign a letter of indemnity for the Bill of Lading(s) as per Charterers/Shippers requirements in Marsh LOI wording if necessary.
92. Moisture and Drainage Clause
Owners are responsible for taking proper precautions to ensure that water is drained during the voyage. Charterers shall have the right, at their sole and absolute discretion, to supply and fit, at charterers’ cost, a cargo drainage system (“CDS”) on the vessel. Loading shall not commence until the CDS has been supplied and fitted or if the vessel is already carrying the CDS until the CDS has been re-installed. Once cargo has been discharged, owners are responsible for the stowage of the CDS on board the vessel in readiness for re-fitting next time the vessel picks up cargo from a port controlled by the charterers. Time lost b reason of owners’ failure to allow charterers to supply and fit the CDS in the bilge wells not to count as laytime, or demurrage if the vessel is on demurrage, and any costs or expense associated with such failure shall be for owners’ account.
In order to minimize the water content at tank top levels and to permit drainage, it is owners’ responsibility to check bilges frequently and to pump bilges to remove water at all times. Any water pumped off the bilges shall be logged as diligently and correctly as possible. Vessel to pump out, as necessary, all drainage moisture during transit voyage to discharge port(s). Master to keep written records daily of the estimated quantity of Petcoke moisture pumped outboard during the voyage.
Master to keep separate records daily of the water or liquids pumped out/inboard during the voyage. Upon arrival discharge port, before discharging commences, master to email to the customer a certificate indicating the amount of daily drainage moisture pumped out / or on board such as ballast, etc.
93. OBO Gas Free Clause
If vessel nominated is an Ore Bulk Oil Carrier (OBO), then gas free certificate must be provided.
94. Bunkering Clause
Bunkering or pumping of fuel oil shall not be allowed.
95. Co2 Clause
Owners confirm that Vessel is Co2 fitted and facilities work properly duration whole this charter party.
96. Residues Cleaning Clause
a. in case of any oil traces from bobcat used during the cargo operations or spilled from the machinery carried charterers are responsible for cleaning and utilization of the residues
b. All cleaning agents and additives (including chemicals and detergents) required for cleaning cargo holds shall be supplied and paid for by the Charterers. The Charterers shall provide the Owners with a dated and signed statement identifying cleaning agents and additives that, in accordance with IMO Resolution 219(63) Guidelines for the Implementation of MARPOL Annex V, are not substances harmful to the marine environment and do not contain any component known to be carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic.
c. Throughout the currency of this Charter Party and at redelivery, the Charterers shall remain responsible for all costs and time, including deviation, if any, associated with the removal and disposal of cargo-related residues and/or hold washing water and/or cleaning agents and detergents and/or waste. Removal and disposal as aforesaid shall always be in accordance with and as defined by MARPOL Annex V, or other applicable rules.
97. Saltwater Spraying Clause
For Sinter grade, if it was necessary to reduce/prevent dust nuisance during discharging operations, Master/Shipowners will make sure that the cargo is moisture by vessel’s crew with the vessel’s hoses/pumps as instructed by Receivers/Charterers. Charterers confirm that they will be responsible for and will not hold Owners responsible for any/all damages, extra cost or delay as a result of the cargo being sprayed as per Receivers/Charterers request. Saltwater spraying Clause to include the crew expense, including overtime if applicable, to be for Charterers’ account.
98. Sampling Clause
Charterers’ surveyor to supply master with a sealed cargo sample as well as a sealed “retained” cargo sample against master’s receipt for same. If required, master to submit the sealed “retained” cargo sample to surveyors at the port of destination, if so required/ instructed by charterers upon discharge or otherwise keep same at charterers disposal until further notice. The vessel should be equipped with sampling points to enable charterer’s surveyors to take samples.
99. BIMCO Scrap Metal Clause
a. Cargo for the purpose of this Clause shall mean scrap metal, excluding metal borings, shavings and turnings. The Charterers shall instruct the Terminal Operators or their servants to load the cargo, other than by magnets, in accordance with, where appropriate, Annex 9 of the IMO Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing. Compliance with the provisions of Annex 9 of the above-mentioned IMO Code shall not affect the counting of laytime.
b. In the event that the Charterers, the Terminal Operators’ or their servants do not comply with the provisions of (a) the costs for any damage caused to the Vessel as a result thereof and any time spent repairing such damage affecting laytime shall be for the Charterers’ account.
c. All claims for damage referred to under (b) above shall be reported by the Master to the Charterers or their agents in writing within 24 hours of the occurrence or, as soon as the damage could reasonably be expected to have been discovered by the exercise of due diligence without prejudice to the Charterers’ liability. The Master shall use his best endeavors to obtain written acknowledgment by the responsible party causing the damage unless they have made good the damage in the meantime.
100. Scrap Loading Clause
During the first stage of loading scrap, cargo, The Stevedores will lower their grabs down as close as possible to the tanktop of holds before opening the grabs to release the scrap. This will be done until sufficient bed is laid on the tanktop of each hold to Master’s satisfaction in order to eliminate the possibility of Damage, Charterers allowed to use bulldozers in vessels’ holds for cargo trimming purpose or for cargo discharging purpose but same not to exceed tank top strength and to be with rubber wheels in case driving on tank tops.
Charterers undertake that loading of the first layer of scrap will not be released until touching tanktop and will not be dumped/dropped during loading. The first layer of scrap is to be loaded, stowed, trimmed to the satisfaction of the Master before loading balance of cargo.
101. Securing Clause
Owners warrant that vessel can load cargo and safely put at sea with it without strapping/securing or bagging. Costs for any extra trimming, stowing bagging, strapping or otherwise securing other than spout and or grab-trimming to be for owners account and time. All loading, stowing, trimming, bagging, strapping or otherwise securing to remain Masters entire responsibility. Stevedores to be considered as Masters servants at load and discharge ports.
102. Shovel Cleaning Clause
Shovel cleaning of vessels holds at discharge port to be for Charterer´s account
103. BIMCO Solid Bulk Cargoes that Can Liquefy Clause for Charter Parties
a. The Charterers shall ensure that all solid bulk cargoes to be carried under this Charter Party are presented for carriage and loaded always in compliance with applicable international regulations, including the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code 2009 (as may be amended from time to time and including any recommendations approved and agreed by the IMO).
b. If the cargo is a solid bulk cargo that may liquefy, the Charterers shall prior to the commencement of loading provide the ship’s Master, or his representative, with all information and documentation in accordance with the IMSBC Code, including but not limited to a certificate of the Transportable Moisture Limit (TML), and a certificate or declaration of the moisture content, both signed by the shipper.
c. The Owners shall have the right to take samples of cargo prior to loading and, at Charterers’ request, samples to be taken jointly, testing of such cargo samples shall be conducted jointly between Charterers and Owners by an independent laboratory that is to be nominated by Owners. Sampling and testing shall be at the Charterers’ risk, cost, expense and time. The Master or Owners’ representative shall at all times be permitted unrestricted and unimpeded access to cargo for sampling and testing purposes.
If the Master, in his sole discretion using reasonable judgement, considers there is a risk arising out of or in connection with the cargo (including but not limited to the risk of liquefaction) which could jeopardise the safety of the crew, the Vessel or the cargo on the voyage, he shall have the right to refuse to accept the cargo or, if already loaded, refuse to sail from the loading port or place. The Master shall have the right to require the Charterers to make safe the cargo prior to loading or, if already loaded, to offload the cargo and replace it with a cargo acceptable to the Master, all at the Charterers’ risk, cost, expense and time. The exercise by the Master of the aforesaid rights shall not be a breach of this Charter Party.
d. Notwithstanding anything else contained in this Charter Party, all loss, damage, delay, expenses, costs and liabilities whatsoever arising out of or related to complying with, or resulting from failure to comply with, such regulations or with Charterers’ obligations hereunder shall be for the Charterers’ account. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners against any and all claims whatsoever against the Owners arising out of the Owners complying with the Charterers’ instructions to load the agreed cargo.
e. This Clause shall be without prejudice to the Charterers’ obligations under this Charter Party to provide a safe cargo. In relation to loading, anything done or not done by the Master or the Owners in compliance with this Clause shall not amount to a waiver of any rights of the Owners.
104. Stability Clause
Vessel to be grain fitted, able to load a full cargo of grain in accordance with SOLAS 74 and subsequent amendments. The vessel does not require any bagging, securing or extra trimming beyond customary spout trimming. The vessel can sail with minimum one (1) slack holds of grains/grain products subject to vessel’s stresses allowing so. As of 1st January 1994 compliance with International Grain Code is compulsory.
105. Steel Loading Clause
No cargo to be stowed in the slope. The distance between cargoes to be 30 cm. The heavier and wider cargoes shall always be stowed in the first tier and never above the lighter cargoes. Shifting cargo on holds is not allowed after loading unless mutually agreed. Shifting cargo between holds are not allowed.
106. Contamination Clause
It is understood and agreed that the %Cargo% to be loaded under this charter-party is particularly susceptible to contamination and the Master is to make his utmost and take whatever precautions are required in order that no contamination from any source should occur during the loading, voyage and discharging.
107. Tier Limitation Clause
Cargo is Full Stackable and There is no any Tier Limitation
108. Equipment Clause
Charterers have the right to use trucks/forklifts/bulldozers in Vessels holds always provided within Vessels permissible tank top strengths and under Masters discretion. Where possible, trucks/forklifts/ bulldozers to be rubber-tired. However, Charterers option to use flat steel track type bulldozers for certain cargoes (such as scrap), and also when only flat steel track type bulldozers are available. In this case, then Charterers are to supply sufficient plywood to Masters satisfaction to prevent damage to the tank tops, and any damages to the tanktops are to be repaired in Charterers time and expense.
109. Unsound Cargo Clause
Master/Owner is to be responsible for the quantity of loaded cargo or which is signed and or issued by the master and agent in complying with the original bill(s) of lading bill(s) of lading will be issued clean on board for entire cargo. Master has right to reject any damaged/unsound cargo and shippers to replace same with clean/sound cargo, if the master has minor remarks, same can be put only on mate’s receipt but always to be advised before loading to shippers/charterers to evaluate same.
For the mentioned remarks stated on mate’s receipt. Charterers will issue LOI signed by charterers in owners P&I wordings standard terms and conditions. For all remarks on cargo if any to be agreed and documented for all lots and sizes with master and charterers/shippers. If any dispute arises on cargo condition between master and charterer/shippers;
Cargo condition to be determined by joint survey provided together and costs for the account of the mistaken party. All remarks on cargo if any to be and signed and stamped by master only on daily mate’s receipts which headed charterer/shippers otherwise all cargo loaded to be assumed/accepted as clean on board.
110. Natural Ventilation Clause
While on passage the Master to ensure the vessel´s natural ventilation system is functioning properly so as to minimize the potential for atmospheric rust, which might occur due to the condensation in the holds. Owners warrant that the vessel´s hatchcovers are in proper condition and watertight to Classification Society Regulations.
111. Weather Conditions Humidity Clause
If loading or discharging is prevented due to rain or bad weather, including but not limited to fog or humidity of ninety-five percent (95%) or more, time shall stop counting until cargo operations are resumed. A statement from the terminal giving evidence of bad weather shall be provided to the Master. Any delays in berthing for loading or discharging and delays after berthing which are due to weather conditions shall count as laytime or if on demurrage at one the demurrage rate.
112. Stanchions Clause
Owners confirm that Vessel has no stanchions to prevent loading or discharge operation.
113. Tally Clause
The weight of bulk cargo taken on board shall be determined for the bill of lading purposes by Tallyman. Shoreside tally if any to be for charterers account. Ship’s tally for owners account.
114. Cargo Fumigation Clause
a. The Charterers shall have the option to fumigate the cargo in the Vessel’s holds in port and/or at anchorage and/or in transit. Such fumigation shall be performed always in accordance with IMO Recommendations on the Safe Use of Pesticides in Ships applicable to the Fumigation of Cargo Holds, MSC. 1/Circ. 1264 (IMO Recommendations) and any subsequent revisions.
b. Fumigation shall be at the Charterers’ risk and responsibility. Any costs and expenses incurred in connection with or as a result of such fumigation, including but not limited to gas detection equipment, respiratory protective equipment and crew training, shall be for the Charterers’ account. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners for any liabilities, losses or costs arising out of or resulting from cargo fumigation.
c. If local authorities or IMO Recommendations require the crew to be accommodated ashore as a result of fumigation ordered by the Charterers, all costs and expenses reasonably incurred in connection thereto including, but not limited to, transportation, accommodation and victualling shall be for Charterers’ account.
d. At the discharging port or place all fumigant remains, residues and fumigation equipment shall be removed from the vessel as soon as possible and disposed by the Charterers or their servants at Charterers’ risk, responsibility, cost and expense in accordance with MARPOL Annex V or any other applicable rules relating to the disposal of such materials.
e. All time lost to the Owners in connection with or as a result of fumigation performed in accordance with sub-Clause (a) prior to the commencement of laytime and/or after
cessation of laytime or time on demurrage shall be considered as detention and shall be compensated by Charterers at the demurrage rate stipulated in the Charter Party.
Any unused laytime shall be deducted from such detention, in which case any despatch payable shall be reduced accordingly.
f. The exercise by the Charterers of the option to fumigate the cargo under this Clause shall not be construed as evidence as to the condition of the cargo at the time of
shipment, and the Master or the Owners are not to Clause bills of lading by reason of fumigation only.
g. In the event of a conflict between the provisions of this Clause and any implied or express provision of the Charter Party, this Clause shall prevail to the extent of such
conflict, but no further.
115. California Block Stowage Clause
No California block stowage allowed.
116. Cutting Cargo Holds Clause
Charterers have the option to cut holes in vessel’s hatch covers for loading bulk cement on following conditions :
a. All are cutting and restoring of the holes to be fully supervised/attended/approved by vessel’s classification surveyor.
b. After completion of restoring holds, if vessel’s class surveyor requires a hose test to establish the integrity of the rewelding, same to be done at Charterers’ time and their expense.
c. All time for preparing to cut and restoring up to classification surveyor’s satisfaction as well as all-expense including classification surveyor’s fees and expenses shall be for Charterer’s account.
117. Cargo Photos Clause
Charters/Receivers surveyors to be allowed to go on board and take pictures of operations at both ends.
118. Cargo Protection Clause
If requested by the Charterers, the cargo shall be covered by plastic sheets a/o kraft paper fastened by wooden sticks. Sheets and sticks shall be supplied and paid for by the Charterers and laid out and fastened by laborers arranged and paid for by the Charterers and time shall count.
119. Draft Survey Clause
The weight of bulk cargo taken on board shall be determined for the bill of lading purposes by draft survey at the Loading Port.
120. Content Clause
Charterers confirm that %Cargo% is no special requirements according to the IMSBC Code.
121. Fresh Water Clause
All freshwater used for irrigation onto salt during loading/voyage/discharging to be for Charterers’ accounts.
122. Appendix C Clause
Owners confirm that Vessel is Appendix C Fitted
123. Cargo Separation Clause
Should Charterers wish to load different grades of cargo in the same hold, then Charterers may arrange for artificial separation at their time, risk and expense. Charterers to hold Owners harmless for any claims whatsoever that will arise out of loading two different grades of cargo in the same hold, including but not limited to comingling of the two grades.
124. Supercargo Clause
Supercargo, if necessary, shall be appointed by the Charterers at their risks and expenses.
E. PART V – VESSEL REQUIREMENTS
125. Owners Warranties Clause
a. The Performing Vessel shall not change ownership, flag, class, technical and/or crew management (“a change”) during the currency of this voyage without Charterer’s prior approval which shall not be withheld unreasonably. If and when a request to approve a change is received from Owner, the proposed new Owner and/or managers shall be assessed by Charterer’s vetting officer prior to Charterer’s approval being granted.
b. The Performing Vessel is classed highest with Lloyd’s Register or its equivalent with a classification society being a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
c. Owner undertakes as a condition of this Contract that the Vessel is entered with a P&I Club which is a member of the International Group of P& I clubs for full coverage and that the Vessel’s hull and machinery is fully insured and shall remain so for the duration of this Contract.
d. Owner undertakes as a condition of this Contract that throughout the term of this Contract the Vessel shall be in all respects eligible under applicable conventions, laws and regulations for trading/entry to the ports and places as specified in this Contract and that at all times the Vessel shall have on board for inspection by the appropriate authorities all certificates, reports, records, compliance letters and all other documents required for such services, including but not limited to certificates of financial responsibility for pollution.
e. Owners will provide SMC, DOC, Classification Cert, ITC, Certificate of Compliance for Carriage of Solid Bulk Cargo which also suits for loading of c/p cargo, P&I and H&M Certificates
f. The Performing Vessel shall not be drydocked during the currency of this Contract except in case of emergency.
g. Owner warrants that the Vessel can safely moor without the use of wire (metal) mooring ropes and Owner agrees that wire (metal) mooring ropes will not be used to moor the Vessel without the express written consent in advance of Charterer.
h. Charterer shall furnish Owner, directly or indirectly, with all of their compliance and reporting requirements in writing, in the English Language, and Owner shall cause the Master to ensure that he and the crew comply with such requirements, including, but not limited to governance and anticorruption and any other compliance and reporting requirements as may be specified by the Charterer whether or not there is any other provision of this Contract dealing with such requirements. The Master shall keep full and correct deck and engine logs of the voyage, which are to be patent to Charterer or its agents, and furnish Charterer, its agents or supercargo, when required, with a true copy of such deck and engine logs, showing the course of the Vessel, distance run and the consumption of bunkers. Any log extracts required by Charterer shall be in the English Language.
126. Owners Guarantee Clause
a. The Performing Vessel shall not change ownership, flag, class, technical and/or crew management (“a change”) during the currency of this voyage without Charterer’s prior approval which shall not be withheld unreasonably. If and when a request to approve a change is received from Owner, the proposed new Owner and/or managers shall be assessed by Charterer’s vetting officer prior to Charterer’s approval being granted.
b. Owner undertakes as a condition of this Contract that the Vessel is entered with a P&I Club which is a member of the International Group of P& I clubs for full coverage.
c. Owner undertakes as a condition of this Contract that throughout the term of this Contract the Vessel shall be in all respects eligible under applicable conventions, laws and regulations for trading/entry to the ports and places as specified in this Contract and that at all times the Vessel shall have on board for inspection by the appropriate authorities all certificates, reports, records, compliance letters and all other documents required for such services, including but not limited to certificates of financial responsibility for pollution.
d. Owners confirm that vessel able to load intended cargo without any special requirements from class or P&I club.
e. Owners will provide SMC, DOC, Classification Cert, ITC, Certificate of Compliance for Carriage of Solid Bulk Cargo which also suits for loading of c/p cargo, P&I.
f. The Performing Vessel shall not be drydocked during the currency of this Contract except in case of emergency.
g. Owner warrants that the Vessel can safely moor without the use of wire (metal) mooring ropes and Owner agrees that wire (metal) mooring ropes will not be used to moor the Vessel without the express written consent in advance of Charterer.
127. BIMCO Cargo Handling Gear Clause
Vessel is equipped with the following cargo handling gear in good working order: ………………………, ……………………… which are at Charterers’ free disposal, whenever required, together with corresponding running gear and with the necessary motive power to work all gear simultaneously. Charterers shall employ winchmen and/or crane drivers at their risk and expense. Any time lost as a result of Vessel’s power failure, breakdown of winches/Vessel’s cranes and/or gear not caused by default of shore labourers shall not count as laytime, such time lost being calculated pro rata in relation to the total number of winches/cranes on the Vessel. Vessel shall give free use, whenever required, of lights as on board to carry on night work.
128. Lights on Board Clause
Vessel shall give free use, whenever required, of lights as on board to carry on night work.
129. Hatches Clause
a. Owners to seal all hatches after completion of loading at the presence of charterers/shippers and open the hatches to the presence of charterers/receivers before commencing of discharge at disport.
b. The Performing Vessel’s holds/hatches/hatch covers to be watertight, staunch and fully eligible for all cargo operations.
c. Master shall co-operate with receivers and stevedores request for covering and uncovering of Hatches to ensure minimization of dust.
130. Misrepresentation Clause
If any misrepresentation has been made regarding the description of the vessel in this Charter Party and/or her position, Charterers have the right to claim compensation for any loss or damage resulting therefrom. Should there be any change in the vessel’s ETA as stated in Box 9. , Owners to notify Charterers and Shippers (if known) thereof by telex/telegram as soon as such change becomes known to them. If such notification is not given, Charterers have the right to claim compensation for any loss or damage resulting therefrom.
131. Vessel Deficiencies Clause
In the event of a deficiency affecting the Vessel’s ability to ballast and deballast or any other equipment, required for the loading and discharging operations, any time lost shall not count as laytime or time on demurrage. All costs and expenses incurred as a result of any such deficiency shall be for Owner’s account. Any time loss arising from i) an act or omission of the Owner or Vessel, or ii) a deficiency in the Vessel’s requirements shall not count as laytime or time on demurrage.
132. BIMCO Standard ISM Clause for Voyage and Time Charterparties
From the date of coming into force of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code in relation to the Vessel and thereafter during the currency of this Charterparty, the Owners shall procure that both the Vessel and “the Company” (as defined by the ISM Code) shall comply with the requirements of the ISM Code. Upon request, the Owners shall provide a copy of the relevant Document of Compliance (DOC) and Safety Management Certificate (SMC) to the Charterers. Except as otherwise provided in this Charterparty, loss, damage, expense or delay caused by the failure on the part of the Owners or “the Company” to comply with the ISM Code shall be for the Owners’ account.
133. BIMCO ISPS/MTSA Clause for Voyage Charter Parties 2005
a. (i) The Owners shall comply with the requirements of the International Code for the Security of Ships and of Port Facilities and the relevant amendments to Chapter XI of SOLAS (ISPS Code) relating to the Vessel and “the Company” (as defined by the ISPS Code). If trading to or from the United States or passing through United States waters, the Owners shall also comply with the requirements of the US Maritime Transportation Security Act 2002 (MTSA) relating to the Vessel and the “Owner” (as defined by the MTSA).
(ii) Upon request the Owners shall provide the Charterers with a copy of the relevant International Ship Security Certificate (or the Interim International Ship Security Certificate) and the full style contact details of the Company Security Officer (CSO).
(iv)Loss, damages, expense or delay (excluding consequential loss, damages, expense or delay) caused by failure on the part of the Owners or “the Company”/”Owner” to comply with the requirements of the ISPS Code/MTSA or this Clause shall be for the Owners’ account, except as otherwise provided in this Charter Party.
b. (i) The Charterers shall provide the Owners and the Master with their full style contact details and, upon request, any other information the Owners require to comply with the ISPS Code/MTSA.
(ii) Loss, damages or expense (excluding consequential loss, damages or expense) caused by failure on the part of the Charterers to comply with this Clause shall be for the Charterers’ account, except as otherwise provided in this Charter Party, and any delay caused by such failure shall count as laytime or time on demurrage.
c. Provided that the delay is not caused by the Owners’ failure to comply with their obligations under the ISPS Code/MTSA, the following shall apply:
1. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary provided in this Charter Party, the Vessel shall be entitled to tender Notice of Readiness even if not cleared due to applicable security regulations or measures imposed by a port facility or any relevant authority under the ISPS Code/MTSA.
2. Any delay resulting from measures imposed by a port facility or by any relevant authority under the ISPS Code/MTSA shall count as laytime or time on demurrage, unless such measures result solely from the negligence of the Owners, Master or crew or the previous trading of the Vessel, the nationality of the crew or the identity of the Owners’ managers.
d. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary provided in this Charter Party, any costs or expenses whatsoever solely arising out of or related to security regulations or measures required by the port facility or any relevant authority in accordance with the ISPS Code/MTSA including, but not limited to, security guards, launch services, vessel escorts, security fees or taxes and inspections, shall be for the Charterers’ account, unless such costs or expenses result solely from the negligence of the Owners, Master or crew or the previous trading of the Vessel, the nationality of the crew or the identity of the Owners’ managers. All measures required by the Owners to comply with the Ship Security Plan shall be for the Owners’ account.
e. If either party makes any payment which is for the other party’s account according to this Clause, the other party shall indemnify the paying party.
134. BIMCO Seaworthy Trim Clause
Charterers shall leave the Vessel in seaworthy trim and with cargo on board safely stowed to Master’s satisfaction between loading berths/ports and between discharging berths/ports, respectively; any expenses resulting therefrom shall be for Charterers’ account and any time used shall count.138. Encumbrance ClauseOwners guarantee the vessel is free from any obligation, encumbrance, claim or lien, of a financial nature or otherwise, that would interfere in any way with the vessel’s performance of this voyage and/or the delivery of the cargo with the utmost despatch. In the event the vessel/cargo is liened or arrested during the currency of this charter party (or after completion of discharge in respect of the cargo) the Owners are to take immediate action to release vessel/cargo from any such lien or arrest and to remain fully responsible for the cost or damages caused as a result of any lien or arrest or interruption of the vessel’s performance under this charter party.
135. Ballasting and deballasting
a. The Vessel shall be capable of ballasting and deballasting without interruption to the continuous loading and discharging operations, otherwise time lost shall not count and any foreseeable expenses accrued, including standby time by stevedores, shall be for the Owners’ account.
b. At the loading/discharging berth the Master shall not take on board or pump out ballast or switch oil from tank to tank, affect trim and/or draft without informing the agents.
c. The Master shall cooperate at all times with the Charterers’ reasonable requests regarding ballast and/or trimming.
136. Extra Overage Insurance Premium Clause
Overage means a vessel of more than 15 years old (from date of commissioning) or which by reason of its age, flag and/or class attracts any additional insurance premiums, whichever is the lesser. Any extra cost of insurance payable on cargo due to vessel’s age and/or class not being one of the ages or classes included in the Classification Clause which at the particular time is adopted by the Cargo Underwriters and/or route and/or flag and/or ownership, shall be for Owner’s account.
137. Health and Safety Clause
Owner shall have on board the Vessel an effective occupational health and safety policy with the objective that due care and attention is given by crew members to safe working practices in all operations pertaining to the Vessel. Owner shall have a policy regarding drug and alcohol abuse onboard the Vessel with the objective that no crew member will navigate the Vessel or operate its onboard equipment whilst impaired by drugs or alcohol. The policy will also have the objective of strictly prohibiting the possession, use, transport and distribution of illicit or nonprescribed drugs by crew members. Owner shall exercise due diligence throughout the currency of this Contract to ensure that such policies are complied with in full.
138. BIMCO Slow Steaming Clause for Voyage Charter Parties
a. The Owners shall be entitled to give instructions to the Master to reduce speed or RPM (main engine Revolutions Per Minute) provided that the Vessel’s speed, basis good weather conditions, shall not fall below knots.
b. Where the Vessel proceeds at a reduced speed pursuant to Sub-Clause (a), this shall constitute compliance with, and there shall be no breach of, any obligation requiring the Vessel to proceed with utmost and/or due despatch (or any other such similar/equivalent expression).
c. The Charterers shall ensure that the terms of the bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage issued by or on behalf of the Owners provide that the exercise by Owners of their rights under this Clause does not constitute a breach of the contract of carriage. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners against all consequences and liabilities that may arise from bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage being issued as presented to the extent that the terms of such bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage impose or result in the imposition of more onerous liabilities upon the Owners than those assumed by the Owners pursuant to this Clause.
d. This Clause shall be without prejudice to any other express or implied rights under this Charter party entitling the Vessel to proceed at speeds below the minimum speed stated in Sub-Clause (a).
F. PART VI – PROTECTIVE CLAUSES
139. Oil pollution Clause
1. International Group of P&I Clubs Oil Pollution Indemnity Clause for Penalties and Fines (a) Subject to the terms of this Charter Party, as between Owners and Charterers, in the event of an oil pollution incident involving any discharge or threat of discharge of oil, oily mixture, or oily residue from the Vessel (the “Pollution Incident”), Owners shall have sole responsibility for responding to the Pollution Incident as may be required of the vessel interests by applicable law or regulation. (b) Without prejudice to the above, as between the parties it is hereby agreed that:
1. Owners shall indemnify, 256 defend and hold Charterers harmless in respect of any liability for criminal fine or civil penalty arising out of or in connection with a Pollution Incident, to the extent that such Pollution Incident results from a negligent act or omission, or breach of this Charter Party by Owners, their servants or agents,
2. Charterers shall indemnify, defend and hold Owners harmless in respect of any liability for criminal fine or civil penalty arising out of or in connection with a Pollution Incident, to the extent that such Pollution Incident results from a negligent act or omission, or breach of this Charter Party by Charterers, their servants or agents, provided always that if such fine or penalty has been imposed by reason wholly or partly of any fault of the party seeking the indemnity, the amount of the indemnity shall be limited accordingly and further provided that the law governing the Charter Party does not prohibit recovery of such fines.
3. The rights of Owners and Charterers under this Clause shall extend to and include an indemnity in respect of any reasonable legal costs and/or other expenses incurred by or awarded against them in respect of any proceedings instituted against them for the imposition of any fine or other penalty in circumstances set out in paragraph (b), irrespective of whether any fine or other penalty is actually imposed.
(c) Nothing in this Clause shall prejudice any right of recourse of either party, or any defences or right to limit liability under any applicable law.
(d) Charterers shall procure that this Clause be incorporated into all sub-charters and contracts of carriage issued pursuant to this Charter Party.
2. Demurrage for oil pollution
No liability for demurrage shall arise from any delay or loss of time to the Vessel at the Loading Port(s) and/or Discharging Port(s) caused by oil pollution as mentioned in this Clause nor shall any time lost due to such oil pollution count as laytime.
140. BIMCO Piracy Clause for Single Voyage Charter Parties 2013
a. If, after entering into this Charter Party, in the reasonable judgement of the Master and/or the Owners, any port, place, area or zone, or any waterway or canal (hereinafter “Area”) on any part of the route which is normally and customarily used on a voyage of the nature contracted for becomes dangerous, or the level of danger increases, to the Vessel, cargo, crew or other persons on board the Vessel due to any actual, threatened or reported acts of piracy and/or violent robbery and/or capture/seizure (hereinafter “Piracy”), the Owners shall be entitled to take a reasonable alternative route to the discharging port and, if they so decide, immediately give notice to the Charterers that such route will be taken. Should the Vessel be within any such place as aforesaid which only becomes dangerous, after entry, it shall be at liberty to leave it.
b. In any event, if the Vessel proceeds to or through an Area exposed to the risk of Piracy the Owners shall have the liberty:
1. to take reasonable preventative measures to protect the Vessel, crew and cargo including but not limited to re-routeing within the Area, proceeding in convoy, using escorts, avoiding day or night navigation, adjusting speed or course, or engaging security personnel and/or deploying equipment on or about the Vessel (including embarkation/disembarkation);
2. to comply with the requirements of the Owners’ insurers under the terms of the Vessel’s insurance(s);
3. to comply with all orders, directions, recommendations or advice given by the Government of the Nation under whose flag the Vessel sails, or other Government to whose laws the Owners are subject, or any other Government, body or group (including military authorities) whatsoever acting with the power to compel compliance with their orders or directions; and
4. to comply with the terms of any resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations, the effective orders of any other Supranational body which has the right to issue and give the same, and with national laws aimed at enforcing the same to which the Owners are subject, and to obey the orders and directions of those who are charged with their enforcement.
c. This Clause shall be incorporated into any bill of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage (hereinafter “Contracts of Carriage”) issued pursuant to this Charter Party. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners against all consequences or liabilities that may arise from the Master signing Contracts of Carriage as presented to the extent that the terms of such Contracts of Carriage impose or result in the imposition of more onerous liabilities upon the Owners than those assumed by the Owners under this Clause.
d. If in compliance with this Clause anything is done or not done, such shall not be deemed a deviation, but shall be considered as due fulfilment of this Charter Party. In the event of a conflict between the provisions of this Clause and any implied or express provision of the Charter Party, this Clause shall prevail.
141. BIMCO Strike Clause
a. If there is a strike or lock-out affecting or preventing the actual loading of the cargo, or any part of it, when the Vessel is ready to proceed from her last port or at any time during the voyage to the port or ports of loading or after her arrival there, the Master or the Owners may ask the Charterers to declare, that they agree to reckon the laydays as if there were no strike or lock-out. Unless the Charterers have given such declaration in writing (by telegram, if necessary) within 24 hours, the Owners shall have the option of canceling this Charter Party. If part cargo has already been loaded, the Owners must proceed with same, (freight payable on loaded quantity only) having liberty to complete with other cargo on the way for their own account.
b. If there is a strike or lock-out affecting or preventing the actual discharging of the cargo on or after the Vessel’s arrival at or off port of discharge and same has not been settled within 48 hours, the Charterers shall have the option of keeping the Vessel waiting until such strike or lock-out is at an end against paying half demurrage after expiration of the time provided for discharging until the strike or lock-out terminates and thereafter full demurrage shall be payable until the completion of discharging, or of ordering the Vessel to a safe port where she can safely discharge without risk of being detained by strike or lock-out. Such orders to be given within 48 hours after the Master or the Owners have given notice to the Charterers of the strike or lock-out affecting the discharge. On delivery of the cargo at such port, all conditions of this Charter Party and of the Bill of Lading shall apply and the vessel shall receive the same freight as if she had discharged at the original port of destination, except that if the distance to the substituted port exceeds 100 nautical miles, the freight on the cargo delivered at the substituted port to be increased in proportion.
c. Except for the obligations described above, neither the Charterers nor the Owners shall be responsible for the consequences of any strikes or lockouts preventing or affecting the actual loading or discharging of the cargo.
142. BIMCO Paramount Clause General
The International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law relating to Bills of Lading signed at Brussels on 25 August 1924 (“the Hague Rules”) as amended by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 23 February 1968 (“the Hague-Visby Rules”) and as enacted in the country of shipment shall apply to this Contract. When the Hague-Visby Rules are not enacted in the country of shipment, the corresponding legislation of the country of destination shall apply, irrespective of whether such legislation may only regulate outbound shipments.
When there is no enactment of the Hague-Visby Rules in either the country of shipment or in the country of destination, the Hague-Visby Rules shall apply to this Contract save where the Hague Rules as enacted in the country of shipment or if no such enactment is in place, the Hague Rules as enacted in the country of destination apply compulsorily to this Contract.
The Protocol signed at Brussels on 21 December 1979 (“the SDR Protocol 1979″) shall apply where the Hague-Visby Rules apply, whether mandatorily or by this Contract.
The Carrier shall in no case be responsible for loss of or damage to cargo arising prior to loading, after discharging, or while the cargo is in the charge of another carrier, or with respect to deck cargo and live animals.”
143. BIMCO Both-to-Blame Collision Clause
If the Vessel comes into collision with another ship as a result of the negligence of the other ship and any act, neglect or default of the Master, Mariner, Pilot or the servants of the Carrier in the navigation or in the management of the Vessel, the owners of the cargo carried hereunder will indemnify the Carrier against all loss or liability to the other or non- carrying ship or her Owners in so far as such loss or liability represents loss of, or damage to, or any claim whatsoever of the owners of said cargo, paid or payable by the other or non-carrying ship or her Owners to the owners of said cargo and set-off, recouped or recovered by the other or non-carrying ship or her Owners as part of their claim against the carrying Vessel or Carrier. The foregoing provisions shall also apply where the Owners, operators or those in charge of any ship or ships or objects other than, or in addition to, the colliding ships or objects are at fault in respect of a collision or contact.
144. BIMCO New Jason Clause
In the event of accident, danger, damage or disaster before or after the commencement of the voyage, resulting from any cause whatsoever, whether due to negligence or not, for which, or for the consequence of which, the Carrier is not responsible, by statute, contract or otherwise, the goods, Shippers, Consignees or owners of the goods shall contribute with the Carrier in general average to the payment of any sacrifices, losses or expenses of a general average nature that may be made or incurred and shall pay salvage and special charges incurred in respect of the goods.
If a salving ship is owned or operated by the Carrier, salvage shall be paid for as fully as if the said salving ship or ships belonged to strangers. Such deposit as the Carrier or his agents may deem sufficient to cover the estimated contribution of the goods and any salvage and special charges thereon shall, if required, be made by the goods, Shippers, Consignees or owners of the goods to the Carrier before delivery.
145. BIMCO General Average Clause
General Average shall be adjusted, stated and settled according to the York-Antwerp Rules 2016 in London unless another place is agreed in the Charter.
Cargo’s contribution to General Average shall be paid to the Carrier even when such average is the result of a fault, neglect or error of the Master, Pilot or Crew.
146. BIMCO Average Bond Clause 2007
On presentation of this bill of lading and
1. payment of any freight due; and
2. provision of a satisfactory security in respect of General Average, Salvage and Special Charges, it is agreed that, in consideration of the delivery of the cargo described on the face of this bill of lading (“the cargo”) to the presenter of the bill of lading, or to order, without providing an average bond, the party or parties which present(s) this bill of lading, or their assigns, shall:
1. pay the proper proportion of any salvage and/or general average and/or special charges which may be ascertained to be properly due from the cargo or the shippers or owners thereof,
2. where appropriate, contribute to salvage and/or general average and/or special charges in accordance with an adjustment prepared pursuant to the non-separation wording contained in Rules G and XVII of the York-Antwerp Rules 1994,
c)(i) at the time of presentation of the bill of lading, furnish a copy of the commercial cargo invoice rendered to the receiver, and;
(ii) as soon as is reasonably practicable following delivery of the cargo, notify the Carrier, their Agent or appointed average adjusters of the nature and value of any damage to or loss of the cargo.
d) following delivery of the cargo make a payment on account of such sum as is certified by the average adjusters to be properly due from the cargo and is payable in respect of such cargo by the shippers or owners thereof. Except when the adjustment is made in accordance with the York-Antwerp Rules 2004, rights to claim under this Clause shall be extinguished, unless an action is brought by the party claiming within a period of six years from the date of issue of the general average adjustment.
147. Estimated Costs
The Charter Partys Front page consist estimations of Disbursement Accounts, Canal Fees, Bunker Prices, and Daily Hire rates, Voyage Duration. These estimates are given in good faith but not guaranteed, only for the guidance of related parties. The Freight Exchange does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any materials.
148. Subject Clauses
Vessel fixed on Subject to Shipper/Receiver/Ports/Insurer confirmations. Subjects to be lifted by Charterer w/i XX hours after owner confirm vessel fixed on sub.
G. PART VII – APPENDIX DOCUMENTS
149. Certificates
Please provide Below certificate and documents before vessel fixed on sub. a. BIMCO Questionnaires or Time Charter Particulars
b. P&I Certificates
c. H&M Certificates
d. SMC, DOC Certificates
e. Certificate of Compliance for Carriage of Solid Bulk Cargo
f. ITC Certificates
g. Gear Certificates
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P.S. : Terms and conditions will be determined by your shipment details. Irrelevant terms to be removed in the negotiation phase.
First page of Charter Party will be published upon request and consist details of shipments and costs.