What do charterers – especially time charterers – sometimes do to protect their interests when the ship is at sea?

The charter party may provide for a supercargo to be carried to oversee charterers’ interests during the voyage. The usual agreement is that his meals will be paid for by charterers, so records should be kept of supercargo’s meals provided.

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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?

Where there is doubt over who the carrier is, what should the master do?