BIMCO Slow Steaming Clause for Voyage Charter Parties 2012
(a) The Owners shall be entitled to give instructions to the Master to reduce speed or RPM (main engine Revolutions Per Minute) provided that the Vessel’s speed, basis good weather conditions, shall not fall below knots.
(b) Where the Vessel proceeds at a reduced speed pursuant to Sub-clause (a), this shall constitute compliance with, and there shall be no breach of, any obligation requiring the Vessel to proceed with utmost and/or due despatch (or any other such similar/equivalent expression).
(c) The Charterers shall ensure that the terms of the bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage issued by or on behalf of the Owners provide that the exercise by Owners of their rights under this Clause does not constitute a breach of the contract of carriage. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners against all consequences and liabilities that may arise from bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage being issued as presented to the extent that the terms of such bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage impose or result in the imposition of more onerous liabilities upon the Owners than those assumed by the Owners pursuant to this Clause.
(d) This Clause shall be without prejudice to any other express or implied rights under this Charter party entitling the Vessel to proceed at speeds below the minimum speed stated in Sub-clause (a).