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BIMCO releases the Holiday Calendar 2023 Supplement

Published: 25 January 2023

Indian culture is incredibly diverse, and the 1.4 billion inhabitants of the country observe a variety of religions and come from hundreds of different ethnicities. These are among the reasons why the regulation of holidays is a matter delegated to individual states, while the federal government has declared only three secular holidays which are to be observed universally by all Indian establishments.

Due to these complicated holiday schedules in India, it has been a longstanding tradition for the local chamber of commerce and industry to declare charter party holidays for their local ports. This system is supported by BIMCO by the inclusion of charter party holidays in the BIMCO Holiday Calendar, which are generally accepted by both charterers and owners.

To avoid disputes, we recommend that only “charter party holidays” be excepted from the running of laytime, and that this point should be discussed and covered adequately in the charter party.

While the state holidays are generally declared well in advance of the new year, the charter party holidays are usually not declared until the very last moment – occasionally not until January. For this reason, is it not possible for BIMCO to include the Indian holidays in the printed copies of the BIMCO Holiday Calendar. The Charter Party Holidays are therefore included in the annual January supplement for the BIMCO Holiday Calendar.

Access the BIMCO Holiday Calendar 2023 Supplement here on the BIMCO website or by scanning the QR code on page 144 in the printed publication.

Johan Conrad


Johan Conrad

Manager, Maritime Information

Copenhagen, Denmark