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BARGEHIRE 2008

19 September 2016

BARGEHIRE is a bareboat charter party specifically designed for unmanned, non-self-propelled seagoing barges. It is a lease agreement whereby the charterer obtains possession and full control of the barge along with the legal and financial responsibility for it. The charterer generally pays for operating expenses such as maintenance and repairs but, unlike bareboat chartered ships, barges are often chartered with owner’s insurances made available to the charterer. Copyright in BARGEHIRE 2008 is held by BIMCO.

We want your opinion on the new edition of BARGEHIRE

07 January 2021

BIMCO has been busy updating BARGEHIRE 2008 and the project is close to completion. But before we finalise and publish the new edition in March, we would like to hear the views of barge owners, operators and charterers. Your comments and views received by 13 January 2021 will help shape a successful new BARGEHIRE. You can get a copy of the consultation draft from this news piece or by contacting contracts@bimco.org.   

Damaged towing gear – who pays?

23 January 2020

Tow wires on board tugs are expensive. If they break during an ocean towage operation, who should be responsible for repairing or replacing them? These and other issues were discussed in the latest meeting of the revision of BIMCO’s towage agreements TOWCON and TOWHIRE 2008.