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Chris Hart

17 September 2019

Chris is Of Counsel at the Houston office of international law firm HFW.  His practice focuses on shipping, marine, and energy companies, including litigation and commercial transactions.  He is an experienced trial lawyer, resolving disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitration.  He advises clients in transactions involving charter parties, maritime contracts, offshore energy and master service agreements, and infrastructure projects with maritime law concerns.  Chris also advises on regulatory compliance, including Jones Act coastwise trade and shipping regulations. Chris has over 25 years of experience with charter parties, sale of goods and transport contracts, maritime liens, ship arrests and maritime attachment remedies, shipping casualties, bunker and cargo disputes, marine pollution, and many issues in the shipping industry.  In the energy sector, Chris has experience in upstream and midstream commercial disputes and casualties, onshore and offshore.  He has been a speaker and author on topics including bunker contracts, OSV charter parties, coastwise trade laws, offshore drilling, and many maritime law issues. Before practicing law, Chris sailed as a professional mariner on chemical tanker, crude oil tanker, and general cargo ships.

SUPPLYTIME 2017

20 September 2016

SUPPLYTIME is a time charter party for offshore support vessels. It operates on a knock for knock liability regime, which means that each party agrees to bear responsibility for and indemnify the other in respect of loss of or damage to their own property, and injury to or death of their own personnel, regardless of fault. The latest edition of this contract is SUPPLYTIME 2017. Copyright in SUPPLYTIME 2017 is held by BIMCO.

ASVTIME

29 January 2021

ASVTIME is a time charter party for accommodation support vessels (ASVs) engaged in the offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors. The charter party is based on SUPPLYTIME 2017 and operates on a knock for knock liability regime, which means that each party agrees to bear responsibility for and indemnify the other in respect of loss of or damage to their own property, and injury to or death of their own personnel, regardless of fault. ASVTIME incorporates several features from WINDTIME, including a contractual limitation of liability. Tailormade provisions have been introduced catering for the specificities of the ASV sector, such as provisions dealing with optional equipment, parallel operations and offshore bunkering of crew transfer vessels. The latest edition of this contract is ASVTIME, issued in 2021.  Copyright in ASVTIME is held by BIMCO.

POOLCON B

20 September 2016

POOLCON B is designed for use by tramp pools operating in the dry and liquid bulk trades under contracts of affreightment, spot or time charters to third parties. It governs the relationship between owners entering their ships into the pool and the pool managers and regulates administrative and procedural matters covering pool operations together with the allocation of respective party liabilities and obligations. As an agency agreement, there is no time charter relationship between participants and pool managers. The latest edition of this contract is POOLCON B, issued in 2014. Copyright in POOLCON B is held by BIMCO.

POOLCON A

20 September 2016

POOLCON A is designed for use by tramp pools operating in the dry and liquid bulk trades under contracts of affreightment, spot or time charters to third parties. The purpose of the agreement is to achieve the benefits of efficiency for users and their customers without creating restrictions on trade. Pool members’ ships are time-chartered to the pool and it is the underlying time charter that provides the basis of the trading relationship between the ship owner and the pool. The latest edition of this contract is POOLCON A, issued in 2012. Copyright in POOLCON A is held by BIMCO.

WINDTIME

20 September 2016

WINDTIME is a standard time charter party for the transfer of wind farm personnel and equipment to and from offshore wind farm installations. The latest edition of this contract is WINDTIME, issued in 2013. Copyright in WINDTIME is held by BIMCO.