Multiform

The MULTIFORM Charter was produced by FONASBA in an attempt to create a modern and even handed, as between owner and charterer, general purpose voyage charter. It has unfortunately found little favour in the market perhaps because for those very reasons that make it an excellent study form. You will probably find the best way of understanding the following references is to first read the relevant text in the MULTIFORM charterparty and then the written commentary below. Preamble: This can be extensive in some charterparties. In the MULTIFORM much of what may be found in preambles of certain forms is contained in clause 1. There are two important aspects of the brief MULTIFORM preamble, however – the place and date of the charterparty. Place: This can be important as, in the absence of a clause to the contrary, the place where a contract is deemed to have been made may govern the law which is to be applied to that contract in the event of a dispute. Thus, if the place is London, English Law may very likely prevail. The place can be defined as where the contract is made, usually the domicile of the charterer’s broker, not necessarily the abode of one or other of the principals. For certainty that a dispute can be heard under a particular jurisdiction, it is strongly advisable that a contract should include an ‘exclusive jurisdiction clause’, in other words, the charterparty should state, for example, that ‘English Law is to apply’. Date: Equally important, the date to be shown is that by which fixture negotiations are concluded, with all subjects lifted – in other words, when all negotiating formalities are complete. Names and Domiciles of contracting parties: (Clause 1). The names of the shipowner (or disponent owner) and charterer, and their domiciles – i.e. their ‘full styles’.