Ship-to-ship transfer — whether reasonable to refuse permission

The parties entered into a voyage charter of the Falkonera, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), on BPVOY4 with amendments, which included:

‘Charterers shall have the option of transferring the whole or part of the cargo… to or from any other vessel including, but not limited to, an ocean-going vessel, barge and/or lighter…

‘If charterers require a ship-to-ship transfer operation or lightening by lightering barges to be performed, then all tankers and/or lightering barges to be used in the transhipment shall be subject to prior approval of owners, which is not to be unreasonably withheld, and all relevant certificates must be valid.’ …

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