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Free pratique - a thing of the past?

30 October 2020

Quarantine of ships arriving at ports around the world has previously been an effective means of avoiding the spread of infectious and contagious diseases. Three weeks at an anchorage before the ship was admitted into port was not unusual. With the improvement of port infrastructure and ever more efficient ships, things had to change, and international work was started. The work resulted in the International Sanitary Regulations, which came into force on 1 October 1952.


30 November 2017

The United Nations World Food Programme Voyage Charter Party, WORLDFOOD 2017, is a BIMCO approved document to which the UN World Food Programme holds the copyright. The contract is used for shipments of food to emergency areas to save the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. The WORLDFOODRECEIPT 2017 is its accompanying contract of carriage. The latest edition of this contract is WORLDFOOD 2017. 

Laytime Definitions for Charter Parties 2013

20 September 2016

The Laytime Definitions for Charter Parties have been developed to provide practitioners with a set of meanings of commonly used words and phrases. The objective is to help reduce disputes about party intentions in a market where fixtures are often concluded on the basis of a recap message and listed amendments, without the exchange or return of draft contracts. These provisions have been developed for incorporation into charter parties. The latest edition of these definitions is the Laytime Definitions for Charter Parties 2013.