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Bunker spec compliance (MARPOL)

There is usually a provision in time charters that charterers are responsible for the standard and quality of bunkers.

In many cases it is a matter of relying upon the Owner's connections to arrange the bunkers without having the opportunity to be involved in this decision and necessary testing.

MARPOL Annex VI makes it important for charterers to now take a greater responsibility and activity in bunker management to ensure compliance. If there is no compliance and a prosecution results under MARPOL then it may be the case that an indemnity could be sought from the time charterer.