Laytime, Demurrage & Despatch
A practical seminar complete with a "hands-on" full-day Workshop
The Law Relating to Laytime and Demurrage
The shipping adventure, namely the voyage performed for the carriage of cargo, involves four separate parts: the loading voyage (ie the passage in ballast to the port of loading); the loading operation; the carrying voyage; and the discharging operation. The two voyage stages require acts of performance by the shipowner alone and do not concern the charterer — it is the shipowner that bears the primary risk. The other two stages in the loading and discharging ports require acts of performance by both the shipowner and the charterer, and it is the interplay of these which has given rise to so many disputes under the general heading of laytime and demurrage.
As the introduction to the topic of the seminar, this session will consider the four key questions associated with laytime and, by inference, demurrage:
- How is laytime calculated?
- When does the (lay)time start to run?
- What suspends the laytime from running?
- When does laytime stop running?
Laytime is a very practical subject but it also causes many legal disputes. Thus it is essential to keep up-to-date with the relevant law cases which will be presented during this session and the following ones during the seminar.
Commencement of Laytime
Laytime Definitions & Voylay Rules
What Stops the Clock? – Laytime Exceptions
Practical Laytime Problems
Comparison of Key Charter Party Laytime & Demurrage Clauses
Laytime & Demurrage Sampler
Practical Laytime Calculating Workshop (29th November)
Tanker & Dry-Cargo Options
Each group will study the following important issues:
- commencement of laytime
- valid Notice of Readiness
- "arrived ship" laytime
- duration and its variations
Further Building Blocks
Having set the scene, groups will further develop their understanding of:
- interruptions to laytime
- the difference between demurrage and detention
- interruptions to demurrage
- charter party demurrage versus sales contract demurrage
Practical examples now help to put the morning's advice to good use. Groups will work through several exercises supervised by the team of tutors.
Along the way, more details will be filled in:
- reversible / non-reversible laytime
- all time saved versus working timed saved
- reachable on arrival
- documents on board, then what?
- pumping warranties
- key clauses of the Asbatankvoy charter parties
- statements of fact
Laytime Clinic and Conclusion
The following form the core of the Faculty who have lectured on this seminar in recent years.
- Jeffrey Blum FICS, FCIArb, Director & Maritime Commercial Claims Consultant, Interlink International Trading (UK) Ltd
- David Cross, Former Director OSG Ship Management Ltd and Member, Baltic Exchange
- Dr John M Doviak, Director, Cambridge Academy of Transport
- Robert Gay, Assistant Solicitor, Hill Dickinson LLP
- Stephen Kirkpatrick, Partner, Reed Smith
- Phil Stalley, Demurrage Consuiltant and Former Manager – Demurrage, BP Oil International
- Charles Williams, Thomas Cooper & Stibbard
27-29 November 2017
Hotel Novotel, London Paddington
The cost of the three days is £1800 per person, fully inclusive of UK Value Added Tax, tuition, refreshments, and lunch each day. Accommodation is NOT included but is available at the venue hotel at a discounted rate to our delegates.
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