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Standard Statement of Facts Oil and Chemical Tank Vessels short form

20 September 2016

The Standard Statement of Facts (Oil and Chemical Tank Vessels) was published in 1975 and is recommended by BIMCO and FONASBA (the Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents). The latest edition of this document is the Standard Statement of Facts (Oil and Chemical Tank Vessels) (short form), issued in 1975.

ASBAGASVOY

28 September 2020

ASBAGASVOY is a charter party for the gas tanker trade jointly authored by BIMCO and ASBA. It is based on, and follows the sequence of, ASBATANKVOY which for many years has been used for gas tanker fixtures, but introduces gas specific terminology. ASBAGASVOY replaces ASBATANKVOY clauses which pertain to the traditional product tanker trades. The charter party has been developed for both refrigerated and pressurised liquefied gasses such as LPG and petrochemicals. Copyright in ASBAGASVOY is held by ASBA.

Chris Hart

17 September 2019

Chris is Of Counsel at the Houston office of international law firm HFW.  His practice focuses on shipping, marine, and energy companies, including litigation and commercial transactions.  He is an experienced trial lawyer, resolving disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration.  He advises clients in transactions involving charter parties, maritime contracts, offshore energy and master service agreements, and infrastructure projects with maritime law concerns.  Chris also advises on regulatory compliance, including Jones Act coastwise trade and shipping regulations. Chris has over 25 years of experience with charter parties, sale of goods and transport contracts, maritime liens, ship arrests and maritime attachment remedies, shipping casualties, bunker and cargo disputes, marine pollution, and many issues in the shipping industry.  In the energy sector, Chris has experience in upstream and midstream commercial disputes and casualties, onshore and offshore.  He has been a speaker and author on topics including bunker contracts, OSV charter parties, coastwise trade laws, offshore drilling, and many maritime law issues. Before practicing law, Chris sailed as a professional mariner on chemical tanker, crude oil tanker, and general cargo ships.

IBC and MARPOL Annex II changes require preparations ahead of 1 January 2021

14 October 2020

Amendments to the International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code) and International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL) Annex II - Carriage of noxious liquid substances in bulk, will impact all stakeholders in the chemical and Vegetable oils trade. As the amendments enter into force on 1 January 2021, It is recommended that ships replace existing certificates as soon as possible, to make sure the vessels are operational come 1 January.

MUNTAJATCHARTER

20 September 2016

The MUNTAJATCHARTER is a standard fertiliser voyage charter party that has been developed for the Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) Q.J.S.C. It replaces the QAFCOCHARTER. This charter party should be used together with the MUNTAJATBILL bill of lading. The latest edition of this contract is MUNTAJATCHARTER, issued in 2014.

GASVOY 2005

20 September 2016

GASVOY 2005 is a voyage charter party developed for use in the LPG, ammonia and liquefied petrochemical gas trades. The latest edition of this contract is GASVOY 2005. Copyright in GASVOY 2005 is held by BIMCO.