Shipping companies involved in the transportation of passengers, vehicles and cargo are often required to charter a vessel to offer this service.
When entering into a charter party contract for the carriage of passengers and their luggage the Charterer may be exposed to a variety of risks connected with this type of trade.
For example, under a standard time charter party for RoPax vessels the Charterer remains liable towards the Owners of the vessel for, among others:
- Damage to hull arising from Charterers instructing the vessel into an unsafe port or place, cargo operations or caused by cargo itself, the supply of unsuitable fuels and/or fuels which do not comply with the specifications and/or grades set out in the charter party;
- - Damage to cargo resulting from loading/unloading, stowage, lashing/unlashing or other handling of cargo;
- - Passengers on board the vessel and any claims made as a result of the carriage of passengers and other persons acting on behalf of the Charterers;
- - Charterers’ Personnel or Crew;
- - Payment of hire;
- - Delays