General Recommendations

We recommend that if you are voyage chartering a ship fitted with a scrubber, you consider and/or review the following contractual issues:

  • Indemnity provisions for MARPOL Annex VI Regulations 14 and/or 18 non-compliance covering loss of time, fines, penalties, and damages resulting from the non-compliance (see Indemnity);
  • The liberty and deviation clause in the charter party on (1) whether it gives owners the right to deviate in the event of non-availability of the required fuel oil at the intended bunker port/allocation of responsibility, expenses, costs and loss of time and (2) to obtain confirmation from your P&I insurers that the insurance cover remains in place (see What happens if the required fuel oil is not available at the intended bunkering port?); and
  • If part of a COA, a review of the Bunker Adjustment Factor Clause.




Chartering Help & Advice

This section contains a comprehensive source of information and guidance on chartering related matters. You will find invaluable information on many aspects of chartering distilled from our many years’ experience on advising members.

  1. Bills of lading advice
  2. Time charter advice
  3. Voyage charter advice
  4. Booking notes
  5. General average

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