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BIMCO Force Majeure Clause 2022 launched

Published: 10 January 2022

The unforeseen events of recent years have demonstrated how beneficial it can be for parties to contractually “expect the unexpected” – whether the event is extraordinary weather conditions caused by climate change or a pandemic. To help parties prepare for the unexpected, BIMCO has published a new clause

The new BIMCO Force Majeure Clause 2022 provides a comprehensive “code” for the parties to help resolve situations arising from unexpected events impacting the performance of the contracts. It is a “model” clause designed for use with all types of agreements. This means that parties may need to adapt it to suit the specific needs of their contract and should look carefully at the wording and the explanatory notes before using the clause.

See the Force Majeure Clause and accompanying explanatory notes.

The Clause was drafted by a team of industry experts to which BIMCO is grateful: Inga Frøysa, Klaveness, who led the drafting team, with the assistance of Nicola Ioannou, Oceanfleet; Peri Ertugruloglu, Viterra; Rory Butler, HFW; Andrew Rigden Green, Stephenson Harwood; and Philip Stephenson, The Standard Club.


Mads Wacher Kjaergaard

Manager, Standards, Innovation and Research

Copenhagen, Denmark