(a) The Charterers shall have the right to order the Vessel to conduct ship-to-ship cargo operations, including the use of floating cranes and barges. All such ship-to-ship transfers shall be at the Charterers’ risk, cost, expense and time.
(b) The Charterers shall direct the Vessel to a safe area for the conduct of such ship-to-ship operations where the Vessel can safely proceed to, lie and depart from, always afloat, but always subject to the Master’s approval. The Charterers shall provide adequate fendering, securing and mooring equipment, and hoses and/or other equipment, as necessary for these operations, to the satisfaction of the Master.
(c) The Charterers shall obtain any and all relevant permissions from proper authorities to perform ship-to-ship operations and such operations shall be carried out in conformity with best industry practice.
(d) If, at any time, the Master considers that the operations are, or may become, unsafe, he may order them to be suspended or discontinued. In either event the Master shall have the right to order the other vessel away from the Vessel or to remove the Vessel.
(e) If the Owners are required to extend their existing insurance policies to cover ship-to-ship operations or incur any other additional cost/expense, the Charterers shall reimburse the Owners for any additional premium or cost/expense incurred.
(f) The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners against any and all consequences arising out of the ship-to-ship operations including but not limited to damage to the Vessel and other costs and expenses incurred as a result of such damage, including any loss of hire; damage to or claims arising from other alongside vessels, equipment, floating cranes or barges; loss of or damage to cargo; and pollution.