How can the owners of a time- chartered ship ensure that they will have the opportunity to carry out proper maintenance during a lengthy period time charter?

A Drydocking Clause will usually be included in the charter party providing for the vessel to be made available to owners free of cargo after a stated period of notice for cleaning, painting, survey, routine repairs and maintenance. During this period she will be off-hire.

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A ship on time charter has to divert to a nearby port. What is the legal position with respect to the continuation of hire?

While a time chartered ro-ro freight, ferry is loading cargo, her hydraulics fail making the stern ramp unusable. What provisions in the charter party will usually cover this and other failures of ship’s equipment?