Safe Port

Laytime will not be a continuous period but will have periods which will be excepted (again by mutual agreement) from it, e.g. Sunday and Public Holidays or periods of bad weather. It will also have a stipulated time for commencing. This laytime “clock”, as it is sometimes figuratively called, will commence (usually) after a reasonable interval following the tendering of the notice of readiness by the Master that his ship is in all respect ready to load or discharge, e.g. if notice of readiness is presented after noon (in office hours) on one day laytime will commence at 0800 hours next following working day. Safe Port – Where a voyage charter is concluded for named ports, it is accepted that the ship owner has satisfied himself that the ports concerned are safe and suitable for his ship and the quantity of cargo for which he has contracted. Where a charter party – whether voyage or time- expressly provides that a ship shall go to a safe port or berth nominated or ordered by the charterer, the charterer is obliged so to nominate or order and in doing so warrants that the port or berth is safe. If it is not safe then the ship can refuse to obey the order. If the ship complies with the order, the shipowner will be entitled to recover in respect of damage suffered by the ship through the reasonable compliance of the master with the order. A safe port means a port to which a vessel can get laden as she is and at which she can lay and discharge always float (unless agreed that she may lie safe aground). A port is not safe if more than ordinary prudence and skill is needed to avoid exposure to danger there.