Charterers’ Responsibilities

1) Since the responsibility for loading and discharging operations within the ship and for stowage, is normally that of the owner clear words are necessary to transfer the responsibility for these operations to the charterer. 2) A clause which confers upon the charterer the right to appoint stevedores does not, without more, transfer to him the responsibility for their acts or omissions. 3) A clause which makes the charterer responsible for the expense of employing the stevedores to perform loading, stowage or discharging does not, without more, transfer responsibility. 4) A clause which provides that the charterer shall perform loading, stowage or discharging does transfer responsibility for those operations.