Voyage chartering masterclass

Masterclass 04 March 2019 - 05 March 2019
BIMCO members EUR 925.00
non-members EUR 1,250.00
VAT (excl. VAT@20%)
Group discounts available
Fairmont Monte Carlo
12, Avenue des Spélugues, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 98000

Programme and links

The shipowner promises to make the ship and the crew available to the charterers to carry an agreed cargo on an agreed voyage in exchange for the payment of freight. The shipowner remains responsible for carrying out the agreed voyage and, therefore, bear most of the operational risks associated with it. The shipowner also promises to enter into quite separate contracts (bills of lading) with quite separate parties (shippers, receiver etc) at the request of the charterers and agrees to act as carriers under such contracts, thereby agreeing to be responsible for the performance of such contracts.

The voyage charterer promises to provide the cargo that is necessary to enable the shipowner to earn the freight and also promise in most cases that the cargo will not be dangerous. The charterer will also often promise that the ports where the ships are required to go will be safe for them. The charterers promise that they will ensure that the cargo is loaded and/or discharged within an agreed time (the laytime) and that they will pay an agreed compensation (demurrage) to the shipowner if they fail to do so. Finally, the charterers will usually promise to cover the shipowner should they incur liability to third parties in agreement with contracts such as bills of lading.

These are the basic obligations of each party to the voyage charters. However, since voyage charters are not regulated by any compulsory international conventions, the principle of freedom of contract reigns supreme. Therefore, voyage charters will often include terms that are intended to minimise each party’s obligations or even transfer some if not all of such responsibility to the other party.

The aim of this course is to highlight the various problem areas and to consider ways in which parties attempt to allocate risk between themselves and so, provide the participant with a balanced understanding of the relevant legal principles and practice. The course will cover the following key topics: 

  • Formation and terms of the charter
  • Description of the vessel and seaworthiness
  • The voyage to the loading port
  • Ports, place and berths
  • Cargo on board
  • Carrying voyage
  • Discharge and delivery of the cargo
  • Freight, laytime, demurrage, despatch, liens
  • Problems in the performance of voyage charters
  • Case studies

Your accommodation

If you wish to stay at the Fairmont Monte Carlo, please make your reservation by clicking the link below (valid until 25th February, 2019):


Group Discounts

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

Haris Zografakis

Haris Zografakis is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLC, London and head of the firm's commodities team. He has consistently been singled out by both main legal directories, Chambers and Legal 500, as a leading individual in his areas of expertise. Over more than 20 years, he has dealt with all aspects of trading and shipping petroleum and its products, acting both for traders and shipowners, as well as their respective insurers. He has lectured in four continents, including events organised by BIMCO, universities, as well as the International Maritime Organization and others, and has also served on the editorial board of... Read more

Cristan Evans

Cristan Evans is a partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP and specialises in the resolution of shipping and trade disputes. He provides practical, commercial advice with the aim of resolving the most complex disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Cristan acts for shipowners, charterers, cargo interests and their insurers in disputes arising under charterparties, bills of lading and contracts of affreightment. He has acted in Court proceedings and in arbitrations conducted under the LMAA, UNCITRAL, LCIA, FOSFA and GAFTA rules.
An experienced commodities lawyer, Cristan also acts in sale ... Read more

Peter Grube

Peter Grube is Head of Training: Courses and joined BIMCO in 1990. His first position was in the Support & Advice team, where he assisted BIMCO members with a wide range of commercial issues. In 2000 he was appointed Marketing & Sales Director of BIMCO, responsible for promoting and driving forward BIMCO’s global position as a leading maritime organisation. In 2005 he transferred to BIMCO Training, developing, coordinating and delivering BIMCO courses and seminars world-wide. Prior to joining BIMCO he worked in ship ownership in Copenhagen as well ... Read more


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