By publishing BARECON , BIMCO hopes to bring the industry-standard bareboat charterparty terms fully up to date, reflecting commercial. BIMCO has recently published its new BARECON following a review of its being a timely intervention by BIMCO, required to bring the version into. One of BIMCO’s most widely used documents. › Revision scope; general update and modernisation. › Drafting committee;. – Ajay Hazari, Anglo-Eastern.

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Another new measure in BARECON is the inclusion of a clause permitting the charterers at delivery and the owners at redelivery to arrange for an underwater inspection, to be performed by a diver approved by Class and in the presence of a Class surveyor. The key changes to look out for are:. BDM is a specialist shipping law firm offering high quality legal advice and representation at a reasonable price.

Considering that the shipping and offshore industry is subject to an increasing number of regulatory requirements, in particular related to environmental issues, this change will likely be of significant practical importance. Click on the ‘menu’ button again and select “Bookmarks”. In summary, the widely used BARECON has been broadly revised based on various recent rulings from the English courts as well as changes in chartering practice adopted by the industry.

We will respond to your query shortly. No specific formula for the cost-sharing was ever included in the form, leading to uncertainty and potential disagreement. Laytime Definitions for Charter Parties Lines are open Parties should i agree the relevant period and document it in advance, having regard to the circumstances, and ii give thought to the terms of any such indemnity letter.

This represents an important update to one of the most commonly used maritime contracts — regularly applied for all types of maritime assets across all sectors in the shipping and offshore industries. Please either try again later, or use the contact form to let us know.


The war risk clause has been removed, and BARECON has thus eliminated the possibility for termination in case of outbreak of war between specified countries and also other flexibility extended by the clause.

Whilst the remedy period in case of late payment was left for the parties to specify in the previous form, it is now fixed at 3 banking days after the charterers received the owner’s notice before the owner is entitled to terminate the charter. In this issue of the Commercial Contracts Bulletin, we take a look at a number of recent court decisions; including topics relating to material breach and the right to terminate, the ability to vary an agreement orally, and exclusion of liability clauses.

Similar rights of familiarisation and surveys including underwater inspections are also extended to the owner prior to redelivery of the vessel. This is a significant tightening of the owners’ obligations on delivery.

Some important changes are however made in respect of the special circumstances that can lead to termination: This removes an element of uncertainty in the drafting.

The second alternative is based on a formula with three main scenarios:. For all the latest market analysis on global shipping including macro economics, tanker, container and dry bulk.

Delivery condition — owners should note that the obligation to exercise due diligence has been replaced by an absolute obligation on them to deliver the vessel in a seaworthy condition, ready for service and in the same condition fair wear and tear excepted as barecoon was at the time of inspection. Latent barecin — as before, the bbarecon are liable for the cost but not the time of repairs arising out of latent defects.

The optional Part V regarding bareboat registration remains, and now also includes a provision requiring the charterer to arrange for deletion of the bareboat registration upon termination of the bareboat charter.

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Charter period The form includes an option for the charterer to extend the charter period at a pre-agreed charter rate. The insurance and repair provisions are split out and made more easily accessible.


These amendments are helpful in striking a balance between the owners’ and charterers’ rights on, and after, delivery in relation to the condition of the vessel. For further assistance please contact any of the authors or your usual CMS contact.

If neither option is specified the first will barecoh, but this would generally only be appropriate where charterers are taking the vessel for its entire lifespan.

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The Bulletin is a digital quarterly magazine containing all the best comment, analysis and information digests from BIMCO. Delivery condition The shipowner now owes an absolute obligation to deliver the vessel in a seaworthy condition, as opposed to being obliged to exercise due diligence to make the vessel seaworthy on delivery.

The first alternative and default position if no selection is made is that all costs shall be for the charterer’s account. With respect to the time of delivery, the new form generally requires owners to keep the charterers informed of the vessel’s itinerary.

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BARECON maintains the position under the form that the charterers cannot claim against the owners for not meeting any conditions, representations or warranties in relation to the vessel once delivery has taken place.

Please follow us on social media by clicking below. This greater right of access to information should help to give owners comfort around vessel condition whilst on bmico.

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