The vessel shall not tender Notice of Readiness prior to the earliest layday date specified in this Charterparty and laytime shall not commence before hours . Four key events must occur before the commencement of laytime begins. 3. Commencement of laytime. Normally three conditions must be satisfied before the charterer can be required to start loading or.

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However, on arrival, the vessel was unable to enter the dock and, when she did so some days later, there was laytimr further delay before she was able to get into a position where she could commence loading. In so deciding the court applied what was said in The Finix 30b.

However, the usual waiting place must be within port limits and, unless the charter expressly states otherwise, if the waiting place is outside the limits of the port, then NOR cannot be validly tendered. The second requirement for the commencement of laytime is that the vessel must be ready to load or discharge the cargo when the agreed destination is reached and the notice of readiness is given.

Notice of Readiness and the commencement of laytime

Subject to strike and lockout clause. The judgement has been welcomed by many within the shipping industry and commencememt seen as a victory for common sense over legal technicality.

Therefore, this article is intended to be a brief overview of the main conditions that are generally required for laytime or, if applicable, demurrage to commence, together with references to the significant supporting case law underpinning the guiding principles.

Fixed laytime charters are traditionally divided into berth, dock and port charters depending on where the voyage stages end and these will be considered in more detail later. Expiry of agreed preparation or notice time — any preparation time which has been commencemenh under the charterparty must have expired.

Many commonly used charterparty forms pre-date the use of e-mail. This transfers the general risk of congestion from the shipowner to the charterer. It is more accurately described as a berth charter with one or more provisions advancing the commencement of laytime.

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However, the Notice of Readiness must be valid when it is given. The specified destination 3.

If the NOR is tendered but the Vessel is either not arrived or not ready or in some instances both then the notice will be invalid.

The practical effect of a non-contractual notice which is tendered outside the required time is, that while it may not be effective to start the laytime clock running, the defect may be “cured” by, for example, the passage of time and laytime will start at that point. If matters had gone according to plan, the vessel would have arrived at Commencemeent the port originally nominated, two hours before any right to cancel would have arisen.


Where a single berth was specified in the charterparty as being the place of loading or of discharge, the loading voyage or the carrying voyage did not end until the vessel was at that very berth.

The laytime would not commence. Charter parties may indicate that if notice of readiness is given after This finding was upheld by the Court of Appeal, who also held that to constitute a valid order to proceed to a port of discharge, the order must be a firm one. Parties often give serious consideration to issues of arrival and readiness when tendering NOR, but give less consideration to the form and content of the NOR itself.

Therefore the NOR was tendered in a non-contractual manner but was not invalid. Often this is too simplistic to decide this point and such phrases must be read in conjunction with the other terms of the charterparty which may be much more specific about where the vessel must arrive for the purposes of tendering a Notice of Readiness.

Fastest Law Search Engine If you have any question you commencemdnt ask below or enter what you are looking for! In practice, issues can arise where at a port charterparty destination there is no commmencement available immediately for the vessel.

This commenement operates only in the situation where a berth is not available for the vessel on its arrival. The Notice of Readiness is usually a written document containing information that makes it certain to the Charterer, shipper, receiver or other person as required by the Charterer that the vessel has arrived at the contractual destination and is ready for cargo-handling operations.

Although the heading of this part of the report is: However the arbitral tribunal that heard the case originally, which included a retired member of the Court of Appeal, and the High Court held that in exercising their right to change their nomination under clause 24, the charterers lost their right cimmencement cancel under clause This was clearly not the case and the notice was therefore invalid and could not trigger the commencement of laytime.

It was common ground that a when the co,mencement of readiness was given the vessel had then arrived at the appropriate place within the port in question b the vessel was in fact ready to load or discharge as required by the charterparty and the commencment of readiness was therefore correct c the vessel continued to be ready and d no further notices were given.

Another area where vessels are held some distance from the port is Sandheads off the mouth of the Hooghly River, where ships can be held for both Calcutta and Haldia, although it is outside the limits of both and to cater for this it has its own Bimco Sandheads clause. They successfully claimed this additional expense from the charterers, but the High Court held that they did not have a further claim for damages commejcement although the change was in breach of charter, clause 4 comencement defined what was recoverable when the owners acceded to the change of instructions.


Both these arguments were rejected by Greer J, who said: Without this, arguably laytime may not commence until the vessel begins to perform cargo operations. Such commencemet place would, commendement the context, be a berth for notice purposes, although perhaps not in the usual sense of the word. Click here to register your Interest. If the vessel is not an Arrived ship, then there will be a claim for detention for the period of delay, quantified at the demurrage rate.

The above points represent only a short summary of the primary principles and case law. In The Maratha Envoy68 the House of Lords firmly rejected layytime attempt to claim that notice of readiness could be given at the Weser lightship anchorage, which was the anchorage for all four Weser ports, but outside the limits of any of them.

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However, the same principles apply. In general terms, there are three conditions which need to be satisfied under most charterparties before laytime can commence. In this article, we will review the main conditions that are generally required to be satisfied and indicate some of the common pitfalls and errors which can arise.

The Voylayrules 36 defined berth in the following terms: Clause 14 of the Shellvoy 3 form of charter which unlike most tanker charterparties is a berth charter requires the vessel to be securely moored before laytime can commence and this, it is suggested, would be the position in any event.

In The Batis19 charterers sought to change the load port after arrival at the original nominated port. In The Happy Day [] EWCA the Court of Appeal held that laytime commenced notwithstanding tendering of an invalid premature NOR when cargo operations commenced because charterers’ knowledge that the vessel was ready and their assent to commence discharging operations was sufficient to give rise to a waiver of the requirement to give valid NOR.

Commencement of Laytime in Voyage Charterparties – Plimsoll

Once at that position the vessel must be at the ” immediate and effective disposition of the charterer “. If she is at a place where waiting ships lie, she will be in such a position unless in some extraordinary circumstances proof of which would lie on the charterer … If the ship is waiting at some other place in the port then it will be for the owner to prove that she is as fully at the disposition of the charterer as she would have been if in the vicinity of the berth for loading or discharge.

These concern the arrival and readiness of the vessel and the tender of the Notice of Readiness “NOR”.