The Astra: single hire default entitles owners to withdraw and claim loss of profit for remaining charter period
A Commercial Court judge has decided that a failure to pay hire under an NYPE charterparty amounts to a breach of condition, entitling a shipowner to terminate and seek damages. This goes against the previous view generally held in the market that the obligation to pay hire under a time charter as it falls due is not a condition such that, if an owner wants to recover its future losses following a termination, it must seek to bring the charter to an end for repudiatory breach of contract, the latter invariably involving a series of consecutive defaults by the charterers.
The Court also considered whether the arbitrators had correctly applied the law on repudiatory breach and whether an addendum to the charter, stating that if the time charter was terminated the owners would be entitled to recover future loss of earnings, constituted a penalty clause…
If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the Ince & Co briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.
Sign in or Register to continue reading this article
It's quick, easy and free!
It takes just 5 minutes to register. Answer a few simple questions and once completed you’ll have instant access.Register now
Why register to The Lawyer
In-depth, expert analysis into the stories behind the headlines from our leading team of journalists.
Identify the major players and business opportunities within a particular region through our series of free, special reports.
Receive your pick of The Lawyer's daily and weekly email newsletters, tailored by practice area, region and job function.
More relevant to you
To continue providing the best analysis, insight and news across the legal market we are collecting some information about who you are, what you do and where you work to improve The Lawyer and make it more relevant to you.
News from Ince & Co
News from The Lawyer
Briefings from Ince & Co
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has produced a draft Polar Code to cover all aspects of shipping in the Arctic and Antarctic areas.
Court of Appeal considers whether dishonouring LC bank has title to sue under indorsed bill of lading
The Court of Appeal has given judgment in a case that has implications for all traders who rely on letters of credit for payment security in their sale and purchase transactions.