Voyage Charters Masterclass Online

  • Online, 09:00 UTC
  • 18 Mar 2024 5 days
  • Available seats 16
  • Payment: visa visa visa visa

Course price

BIMCO member EUR 1320
Non-member EUR 1750


10% group discount is available for registering 3 or more participants from the same company.


Voyage Charters Masterclass Online is a series of 10 online sessions delivered over 5 days. Each day will run for 2x60 minutes with a short break in between. This course highlights key VC issues, presents ways for parties to allocate risks and gives an overview of the relevant legal principles.

What will you learn?

Session dates and topics

 Day  Session  Topic Speaker
18 March 
1 Introduction- types of charters and relationship between other documents Punit Oza / Baris Soyer
2 Formation and terms of the charter: The binding agreement, the parties, “subjects”, terms, and law governing the contract
Tuesday 19 February 3 Obligations of shipowner in V/C- Seaworthiness and Care of Cargo Punit Oza / Baris Soyer
4 Obligations of charterers in V/C - Port Nominations, providing cargo and payment of freight
Wednesday 20 February 5 Deviation and Liberty Clauses Punit Oza / Baris Soyer
6  Laytime and demurrage
Thursday 21 February 7  Bills of lading - Who controls the issuance of bills of lading; Incorporation Clauses Punit Oza / Baris Soyer
8  Dangerous Cargo, Safe Ports

Friday 22    February

9  Paramount Clauses Punit Oza / Baris Soyer
10  Letter of Indemnity

Starting hours (for all sessions):

09:00 UTC
10:00 CEST

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What do participants say about the course?

"High quality presenters who are able to make it practical and explain things in the right manner without it being too academic." (April 2021 participant)

Why choose to participate?

While there are basic obligations of each party to the voyage charters, the charters are not regulated by any compulsory international conventions, and the principle of freedom of contract is absolute.

You will be taught by hand-picked industry experts who have built a career out of solving complicated voyage chartering issues. The combination of theory, discussion and casework will make the complexity of voyage chartering clear and manageable. The teachers will share valuable experiences and point participants towards practical solutions that can be used on the job. The course will also facilitate networking between international shipping peers and enable long-term relationships between the participants.

The masterclass is aimed at all practitioners involved in maritime transportation, who wish to boost their expert knowledge and become proficient in voyage chartering, both for dry and wet cargoes.

Course certification

Participants will be given an option of taking a final assessment (one-hour open-book test) at the end of the course, and Certificate of Achievement will be issued with a grade (distinction, merit or pass). Those not taking the assessment will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Course materials

BIMCO issues electronic course files as an Adobe PDF file enabling you to make personal notes. All documentation and presentations will be in English. Course access details will be provided once the registration is completed. 

You will also receive access to BIMCO's eLearning module on "Voyage Chartering".


Punit Oza


Baris Soyer

Baris Soyer


Sibyl Xu

Wei Zhuang


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Peter Grube

Peter Grube, Head of Training