Why is it often important to tender notice as soon as possible at weekends?

Some charter parties state that if notice is not given before Saturday noon or 1pm, it may not be tendered again until the start of office hours on the next office working day, which will usually be Monday.Β 

It may also be stated that laytime will commence on the morning after notice of readiness is given, which would mean Tuesday. Even so, charterers may start cargo operations during the weekend, i. e. before laytime starts. Thus, a few minutes delay in tendering on a Saturday morning could mean that charterers get the benefit of three days’ free time at owners’ expense.


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What happens if notice of readiness is tendered whilst at anchor, before a required hold survey is made, and the ship then fails the survey?

Assuming that notice of readiness is acknowledged by charterers or their agent, when will laytime commence?