Category: English Maritime Cases
SHELLVOY 6 – DEMURRAGE – TIME BAR – COMPLETION DATE – WHETHER CLAIM TIME-BARRED
On October 23, 2019, The Maria vessel was chartered on a Shellvoy 6 form to carry crude oil from Brazil to different US west coast ports, including Long Beach, California. The issue was if the owners’ claim for US$487K plus interest was time-barred.
NYPE FORM – TIME CHARTER – HOLD CLEANING – OFF HIRE DURING EXTENDED HOLD CLEANING – COVID-19 PANDEMIC – COVID-19 PROTOCOLS – OFF HIRE DUE TO ALLEGED CREW SICKNESS
Two disputes for off-hire developed on a one time, time charter trip from India to China relating to extended hold cleaning and alleged crew sickness.
NYPE FORM – TIME CHARTER – PANDEMIC – COVID-19 PROTOCOLS – OFF HIRE – PUT BACK – DELAY – DEFAULT OF MASTER – BREACH OF CHARTER
A standoff between a vessel and pilot company over owners’ Covid-19 protocols and pilots boarding resulted in a delay to berth of almost nine days. The owners added the lost time to their final account and the charterers filed a counterclaim, citing off-hire and put back.
DEMURRAGE – DETENTION – DAMAGES – BUNKERS – QUANTUM MERUIT
The vessel arrived at the port and tendered NOR. Charterers declared discharging was not allowed until berthing. Owner initially claimed demurrage then revised it by way of quantum meruit to include the cost of bunkers consumed.
SHELLTIME 4 – NON-PAYMENT OF DAILY HIRE – REPUDIATORY BREACH –DAMAGES – MITIGATION OF HIRE VS DAMAGES
When charterer failed to pay hire owner considered this a repudiatory breach of the charter and claimed for this hire and also damages covering delays incurred after the breach.
BIMCO HEAVYCON 2007 – NOR VALIDITY – NON PAYMENT OF DEMURRAGE, FREIGHT, BUNKERS, PORT COSTS WAR RISKS – COVID – DETENTION – FRUSTRATION OF CHARTER PARTY – LIEN
After non payment of sums by Charterer , Owner exercised a lien on the cargo and drifted the Vessel for 272 days. Owner claimed for the non-payment plus detention whilst Vessel drifted.
TIME CHARTER – FUEL CONSUMPTION – REPUDIATORY BREACH
When the Vessel over consumed bunkers during a voyage, Charterer claimed Owner to be in repudiatory breach of the charter party.
CHARTERPARTY – ADDITIONAL FREIGHT – DEMURRAGE – LAYTIME – PREMATURE – NOTICE OF READINESS – DELAYS IN CARGO OPERATIONS – SLOW DISCHARGE – “ONCE ON DEMURRAGE, ALWAYS ON DEMURRAGE”
The discharge port for a ship carrying logs was changed after a mutual agreement between the shipowner and charterers. Charges were filed against the charterer for lost time which charterer partially contested basis an alleged premature NOR. The court that oversaw this case awarded the shipowner financial compensation based off of a reduced time that the court saw as fair.
NYPE FORM – INTER-CLUB NYPE AGREEMENT (ICA) – CARGO CLAIM – TIME BAR
The tribunal was left to decide if proper notification of an impending cargo claim had been made to meet the requirements of the time bar clause.
TIME BAR - WHETHER OWNERS PROVIDED CONTRACTUAL DOCUMENTS - SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS - SIGNED DOCUMENTS - EQUIVALENT DOCUMENTS
Charterer argued Owner’s demurrage claim was time-barred for lack of containing the contractually required documents.