Provisions of Voyage Charterparties

Provisions in most Voyage Charterparties: An agreement by the shipowner to provide a ship and a statement of her position, her capacity and status on the Register of a Classification Society. In relation to the preliminary voyage, the port of loading to which the vessel will proceed, and a promise by the shipowner that the vessel will proceed with reasonable despatch. Representations by the shipowner in relation to the condition of the vessel, that is, ‘tight, staunch, and in every way fitted for the voyage’. A promise by the shipowner to carry the goods to their destination (or as close as can reasonably be reached). A promise by the charterer to provide a full cargo. A promise by the charterer to pay freight and a method by which freight is to be calculated. A list of excepted perils. Provisions governing the way in which cargo is to be loaded and discharged and also the period of time to be allowed for loading and discharge and, if applicable, the rate of demurrage. A cancelling clause giving the charterer the right to cancel the contract in the event of non arrival of the ship by a certain date. The general paramount clause incorporating the Hague or Hague-Visby Rules. The amended Jason clause. Both to blame collision clause. A law and jurisdiction clause, commonly providing for arbitration in London in accordance with the LMAA Rules and, ideally, setting out the mechanism for the appointment of each party’s arbitrator and a default provision in the event of one party failing to appoint. Shipbroker’s commission. A Cesser clause. A War clause. The incorporation of the York Antwerp Rules in relation to General Average. Provision in relation to the master signing bills of lading.