Sherwin Alumina LP v. West Bulk Carriers – SMA No. 4230, 31 Mar 2014

CONTRACT OF AFFREIGHTMENT (COA) -- CONTRACT PRECEDENCE -- CHARTER CONSTRUCTION -- FREIGHT CALCULATION AND REIMBURSEMENT -- CARGO RELET -- Partial Owner Award Four years into an eight-year COA, Charterer started charging security and docking fees for vessels loading/discharging at their owned, nominated berth. In a previous award, the Panel held that Charterer had established a precedent which precluded them from charging Owner for these costs on time chartered vessels. This award covers the decis spot fixed relet voyages where these costs were factored into higher freight rates against and the calculation.
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