ASV charter party takes shape


Clauses on accommodation and recreational facilities, catering, gangway and crane were considered, when the subcommittee developing a new charter party for Accommodation Support Vessels (ASVs) met on 10-11 September. Drafting work is taking place on the basis of SUPPLYTIME 2017, BIMCO’s time charter party for offshore support vessels.

“SUPPLYTIME 2017 is a recent contract and the purpose of our work is to make the changes necessary to develop a dedicated standard specifically for ASVs, including floating hotels and walk to work vessels,” said Edwin de Vries, Director at Wagenborg Projects & Logistics/Wagenborg Offshore and chairman of the subcommittee, adding:

“Many of the clauses in SUPPLYTIME 2017 are fit also for ASVs and we are therefore focusing on changes reflecting that the charterer will typically have many employees on board the vessel, that they may be on board for a significant period of time, that the vessel will typically have to be equipped with a gangway and crane, etc.”

Other provisions were considered at the meeting, including offshore refuelling of crew transfer vessels, and transportation of owners’ personnel and fuel, water, provisions, spare parts etc. in case of extended offshore operations.

The subcommittee also includes representatives from A2Sea, Eni, Floatel International, North Sea Shipbrokers, Noord Nederlandsche P&I Club, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S, Wikborg Rein, and Ørsted.

Drafting work will continue when the subcommittee meets again on 29 October at Ørsted. The goal is to finalise a first draft for review by BIMCO’s Documentary Committee at its meeting on 5 December.


Christian Hoppe
in Copenhagen, DK


Access BIMCO's COVID-19 related articles and advice.

Read more

VPS Bunker Alerts

Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.

The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.

Latest piracy reports


Latest industry releasable threats



Contracts & Clauses

All of BIMCO's most widely used contracts and clauses as well as advice on managing charters and business partners.

Learn about your cargo

For general guidance and information on cargo-related queries.

More about cargo

BIMCO Publications

Want to buy or download a BIMCO publication? Use the link to get access to the ballast water management guide, the ship master’s security manual and many other publications.

About a new business partner

We can help members check new business partners. We also help to recover millions of USD (undisputed) funds every year.