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21 April 2020

SmartCon is the next generation of contract editing tools developed using the latest technology from Microsoft. We’ve built the editing features inside Word versions of our contracts to provide a seamless integration with the workflows of shipping professionals.

Nicholas Kazaz

12 January 2021

Nicholas is a Senior Associate at HFW, where he focuses on international commercial dispute resolution, specialising in offshore oil & gas, energy, and marine. He focuses on disputes arising from installation contracts, charter parties, bills of lading, shipbuilding, rig disputes, towage, collisions, salvage, general average, groundings, total loss, and limitation. Clients he advises include: energy companies, cable owners and operators, contractors, shipowners, charterers, shipyards, ship managers, brokers, and insurers / P&I Clubs. His experience extends to all the major arbitral institutions including LCIA, ICC, SIAC, SCMA, LMAA, ad hoc arbitration, and the English courts. Nicholas has particular experience of drafting and negotiating a range of contracts in the offshore energy and marine sectors, including BIMCO SUPPLYTIME, TOWCON and BARGEHIRE, LOGIC contracts, and other standard contracts, as well as bespoke contracts. Since joining HFW, Nicholas has undertaken secondments in Australia (to HFW's Perth Office with a focus on the Offshore / Oil & Gas / Commodities sectors), to the in-house legal team of a major international tanker owner, to an International Group P&I Club / Insurer, and a leading insurance broker. Nicholas is qualified in England and Wales.

BARGEHIRE 2021

24 February 2021

This is the latest edition of BARGEHIRE which is a bareboat charter party specifically designed for unmanned, non-self-propelled seagoing barges. It is a lease agreement whereby the charterer obtains possession and full control of the barge along with the legal and financial responsibility for it as further detailed in the BARGEHIRE. The charterer generally pays for operating expenses such as maintenance and repairs but, unlike bareboat chartered ships, barges are often chartered with owner’s Hull & Machinery insurance made available to the charterer. Although not as often, Protection & Indemnity insurance can also be made available to charterers, especially when the duration of the contract is short. Copyright in BARGEHIRE 2021 is held by BIMCO.