Shearwater Law regularly advises on issues arising under the industry standard charterparties and bespoke contracts covering:

  • Freight
  • Laytime and demurrage.
  • Speed and performance disputes.
  • Off-hire claims.
  • Hire and withdrawal.
  • Hull fouling and damage to hull (DTH) claims.
  • Cargo damage and/or spoilage claims.
  • Ship arrest and release.
  • Salvage and general average issues.
  • Cancellation and termination claims.
  • Arrest of vessels.

And, we have handled charterparty disputes across a wide range of vessel types, including (but not limited to):

  • Tankers.
  • LNG carriers.
  • Bulk carriers.
  • Container ships (including reefer).
  • Offshore support vessels (e.g. crew transfer vessels, platform supply vessels etc).
  • Yachts and superyachts.
  • Workboats e.g. tugs.

We advise on all types of contracts for the use of vessels, including bare boat charters, time charters, voyage charters, contracts of affreightment and management agreements.

Shearwater Law is often called upon to draft and/or review standard and specialist charterparty agreements or specific clauses for inclusion in charterparty agreements.

Our approach to charterparty disputes

We operate in a direct, straightforward manner and seek to minimise the cost and time involved in resolving disputes. We pay close attention to commercial factors, such as relationships between the parties and the quantum involved, and determine dispute resolution strategies appropriate to the individual case.

It is thanks to this approach that our team is called upon by vessel owners, operators, charterers, insurers and other stakeholders from across the globe for their charterparty legal requirements.

Speak to Shearwater Law today

Regardless of what charterparty issue you are facing, Shearwater Law can help.

If you’d like us to handle your charterparty case, contact us now.

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