Days. When a charterparty provides for laytime to be fixed or calculable this can be referred to a number of “days”.
The number of days is sometimes called “laydays” but this term is better used for the “Laydays and Cancelling” clause. Laytime can also be described in such a manner that it is neither fixed nor calculable, such as that the cargo is to be loaded “as fast as the ship can receive”. This has less certainty than the use of “days” (or hours). Under this heading in this chapter, different varieties of “days” will be discussed.
The word “day” is defined “in the Charterparty Laytime Definitions” as: “a continuous period of 24 hours, which, unless the context otherwise requires, runs from midnight to midnight”.