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Force Majeure Clauses – Charterparties

Recently we have observed, particularly with additional clauses to printed forms of Charterparties the very wide effect of the Force Majeure or similar clauses. This is particularly so with voyage charters with the consequent, usually unintended effect on the Owner/disponent owners ability to claim demurrage. Owners/disponent owners are advised to check these provisions particularly if trading to ports likely to suffer congestion, weather, delays etc.