Berth Charterparty

Berth Charterparty: A berth is an individual loading point on a jetty, wharf or in a dock system. If the fixture is a berth charterparty, then the vessel will only have arrived at the agreed destination when it is securely moored to the specified or nominated berth. The NOR can only be tendered at this point. The berth need not be named in the charterparty. If the fixture says ‘1 safe berth’, then that berth is deemed to have been named in the charterparty once it has been nominated. However, the fixture description must be read in conjunction with the other terms of the charterparty. A berth charterparty places the risk of delays within the port, for example, for congestion and bad weather, on the owner.