By publishing BARECON , BIMCO hopes to bring the industry-standard bareboat charterparty terms fully up to date, reflecting commercial. BIMCO has recently published its new BARECON following a review of its being a timely intervention by BIMCO, required to bring the version into. One of BIMCO’s most widely used documents. › Revision scope; general update and modernisation. › Drafting committee;. – Ajay Hazari, Anglo-Eastern.

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While it is expected that parties will continue to adapt and amend BARECON to reflect their specific circumstances, the contract is now much clearer and easier to read and remains relevant for a wide range of bareboat charter situations. The owners will be liable for the cost of but not the time for repairs or renewals arising out of “latent defects” in the vessel which existed at the time of delivery. Namely, the changes enacted No specific formula for the cost-sharing was ever included in the form, leading to uncertainty and potential disagreement.

Underwater inspections Another new measure in BARECON is the inclusion of a clause permitting the charterers at delivery and the owners at redelivery to arrange for an underwater inspection, to be performed by a diver approved by Class and in the presence of a Class surveyor.

Redelivery — charterers should take note of the financial implications of late redelivery, namely payment of an enhanced hire rate. Jonathan Page Partner jpa wrco. Read the latest edition now Read previous digital issues. Contracts of afreightment 4. These amendments are helpful in striking a balance between the owners’ and charterers’ rights on, and after, delivery in relation to the condition of the vessel.

The war risk clause has been removed, and BARECON has thus eliminated the possibility for termination in case of outbreak of war between specified countries and also other flexibility extended by the clause.

Rather than catering only for a single fixed charter period, BARECON envisages the parties agreeing an extra period on top, exercisable at the charterers’ option.

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Standard Statement of Facts. If neither option is specified the first will apply, but this would generally only be appropriate where charterers are taking the vessel for its entire lifespan.

Priority news Press release Braecon story Contract. Payment of hire is of course the key obligation for the charterer. Contact Singapore Office on: The key changes to look out for are:. Some important changes are however made in respect of the special circumstances that can lead to termination: To find out more about how to change your cookies settings or how we use cookies please click here. To further protect the charterers’ interests, BARECON provides that, if the charterers have inspected the vessel prior to delivery, it shall be delivered in the same condition as at the time of the inspection, fair wear and tear excepted.

The latent defects must, however, manifest themselves within a fixed period after delivery if they are to form the basis of a claim bmco the owners. The operational and safety benefits of ensuring that the barevon representatives are familiar with the vessel are clear, and so this new clause has been welcomed; but there is scope for dispute between the parties as to how long the ” reasonable period prior to delivery” should be, or whether the letter of indemnity that the charterers must sign is fair and reasonable.

The second alternative is based on a formula with three main scenarios:. Whilst several new features are included, the basic structure of the form remains the same and it should still be suitable for bareboat charters for a variety of transactions and assets.

Otherwise the principles are largely unchanged except that the war risk provisions found at Clause 26 f in BARECON have been deleted, meaning that the parties no longer bbarecon the gimco to cancel the charter in the event of war between the nations specified.

Barecon – Ringing in the Changes

Press release Priority news Contract Bunkers. Latent defects — as before, the owners are liable for the cost but not the time of repairs arising out of latent defects.

If the costs exceed the agreed amount and the required modification is expected to last for the remaining life of the vessel, the charterer’s portion shall be based on a formula where the costs of the required modification is divided by the vessel’s expected remaining life in years and multiplied by the remaining charter period in years.


Termination of the building contract is still a trigger for termination of the bareboat narecon, but in the new form it is the owner bimcco not the charterer who makes the decisions regarding such termination.

Charter period The form includes an option for the charterer to extend the charter period at a pre-agreed charter rate. Lines are open The revised optional Part III regarding newbuilding vessels also includes some important amendments. This is a significant tightening of the owners’ obligations on delivery. In this issue of the Commercial Contracts Bulletin, we take a look at a number of recent court decisions; including topics relating to material breach and the right to terminate, the ability to vary an agreement orally, and exclusion of liability clauses.

A requirement for the charterer to gross-up its payments in case of withholdings was previously often included in rider clauses, but is now expressly set out in the standard text.

BARECON maintains the position under the form that the charterers cannot claim against the owners for not meeting any conditions, representations or bmico in relation to the vessel once delivery has taken place. The starting point is that the costs of the required modification up to an agreed amount shall be for the charterer’s account.

Barecon 2017 – Ringing in the Changes

Comment The revisions made by BARECON to the earlier iteration of the form are helpful in clarifying the basis on which the parties are contracting and in reducing the potential for dispute.

This removes an element of uncertainty in the drafting. The parties are now required to expressly state the number of day’s approximate and definite notices to be given bjmco the standard fall-back position in BARECON of 30 days’ preliminary and 14 days’ definite notice have been removed in this latest iteration of the form. The charter will still be terminated however in cases of total loss or requisition of title but not requisition for hire.

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