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Just in Time Arrival Clause for Voyage Charter Parties 2021

05 March 2021

The Just in Time Arrival Clause 2021 is for use in voyage charter parties where owners and charterers have agreed to operate a just in time arrival scheme that permits charterers to ask owners to optimise the speed of the ship to arrive at a destination at an agreed time. The clause takes a generic approach so that it can also form part of different vessel and port management schemes around the world. It may also be used together with the BIMCO Port Call Data Exchange Clause 2021 which has been designed to encourage wider application and use of the IMO data model framework for the harmonised exchange of ship/port information.

SmartCon information and available contracts

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.

ROPAXTIME

17 October 2016

ROPAXTIME is a standard time charter party for the RoPax trade. It can be amended to be used for RoRo ships as well. The charter party contains the latest standard time charter clauses and includes detailed provisions covering trade specific issues such as hotel, restaurant and passenger related issues. The latest edition of this contract is ROPAXTIME, issued in 2015. Copyright in ROPAXTIME is held by BIMCO.

General Average: York-Antwerp Rules 2016

23 May 2016

BIMCO documents currently contain general average clauses that refer either to the York-Antwerp Rules (YAR) 1994 or, to a lesser extent, the YAR 1974. BIMCO’s recommendation in respect of new and revised charter parties, bills of lading and waybills has so far been that general average should be adjusted in accordance with the YAR 1994. A new set of YAR 2016 was adopted by the Assembly of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) at its 42nd International Conference held from 3rd to 6th May 2016 in New York. As the YAR 2016 are considered to represent a set of Rules that BIMCO could refer to in its standard documents, BIMCO’s Documentary Committee decided, at its meeting on 10th May 2016, that all new and revised BIMCO charter parties, bills of lading and waybills will now refer to general average being adjusted in accordance with the York-Antwerp Rules 2016. References to earlier versions of the YAR in existing BIMCO documents will gradually be replaced by a reference to the YAR 2016 in the online versions of these documents.

Sanctions Clause for Voyage Charter Parties 2020

31 May 2019

The sanctions landscape has grown increasingly complex since BIMCO published its Sanctions Clause for Time Charter Parties in 2010 and the Designated Entities Clause for Charter Parties in 2013. International sanctions regimes are constantly changing with new restrictions being added and new persons and entities being listed. A violation of sanctions restrictions can have severe consequences and in the worst cases can lead to parties being listed as sanctioned parties. Therefore, carefully worded sanctions clauses in charter parties and other contracts are vital for internationally trading companies to help them manage and mitigate their sanctions risk and to enable them to continue to do business while remaining compliant with the various sanctions regimes. The absence of a standard BIMCO sanctions clause for voyage charter parties has resulted in owners and charterers amending the BIMCO Sanctions Clause for Time Charter Parties or drafting bespoke clauses. BIMCO has therefore developed this sanctions clause for use in voyage charter parties so that there is an industry standard clause. It is intended to provide a balanced allocation of the risks posed by sanctions as between owners and charterers. This clause is intended for use in all trades except for container trades. A separate sanctions clause for the container trades is under development. This clause was published on 19 December 2019. It is a sanctions clause that also covers issues related to designated entities previously found in BIMCO’s Designated Entities Clause for Charter Parties 2013. This new sanctions clause should be used instead of the old Designated Entities Clause.