Charter Party - Laytime

What are some factors to consider when negotiating laytime terms in a charter party agreement? Any tips for a first-time charterer?

Hi @chingiz ! Negotiating laytime terms in a charter party agreement requires careful consideration of several factors. Here are some key points to keep in mind and tips for a first-time charterer:

  • Laytime Definition: Clearly define laytime in the agreement to avoid any ambiguity.
  • Calculation Method: Specify the method for calculating laytime, such as “arrival to departure” or “working hours.”
  • Demurrage and Despatch: Understand the demurrage and despatch clauses and their impact on compensation.
  • Exceptions and Off-Hire Clauses: Consider including clauses that define exceptions to laytime calculations, such as adverse weather conditions or breakdowns. Understand off-hire clauses.
  • Notice and Documentation: Establish clear procedures for giving laytime notices and ensure proper documentation is in place.
  • Laytime Disputes and Resolution: Determine the mechanism for resolving laytime disputes.
  • Market Conditions and Industry Standards: Consider prevailing market conditions, industry standards, and common practices.
  • Seek Legal Advice: Engage legal professionals experienced in maritime law to review and provide guidance.

Remember to strike a balance between your commercial interests and the vessel owner’s expectations, and seek expert advice when necessary. Building strong relationships with industry professionals and continuously learning about chartering practices will contribute to your success as a charterer.