Cargo Description

Cargo description and quantity: (Clause 2). Commodity and nature of goods to be carried (e.g. in bulk or bagged); stowage factor (e.g. about 55 cubic feet per tonne); and either minimum/maximum quantity or cargo size margins and in whose option (e.g. 12,000 tonnes, 5% more or less in owner’s option). Loading Places: (Clause 2). Names of loading place(s) and/or range (e.g. Bordeaux/Hamburg range); mention of number of safe berths/anchorages charterers entitled to use at each place; whether vessel to remain ‘always afloat’ or ‘safely aground’; maximum/minimum available drafts. Loading port orders/rotation: (lines 31 to 34). Rotation can be very important, since extra steaming can be involved, adding to an Owner’s expenses, whereas it might be essential for a charterer to negotiate loading in a particular rotation so that ship availability fits in with cargo availability. Discharging places and port orders/rotation: (Clause 3). The comments under 3 and 4 above apply. Laydays and Cancelling: (Clause 4). The spread of dates during which a vessel is to present herself at the first (or sole) loading port. This spread should be entered in a contract, as well as conditions under which the contract can be cancelled in the event that the vessel is unable to meet those dates. Freight: (Clause 5). The amount and currency of freight; to whom, where and when payable. The risk of vessel and/or cargo loss on passage in relation to freight should be specified – i.e. whether freight is deemed earned as cargo is loaded (as in the MULTIFORM) or upon delivery. Cost of Loading/Discharging: (Clause 6). Which of the parties to the contract is to appoint and pay for cargo handling at each port. (See also Clause 11 of the AMWELSH).