Covid-19 FAQs from Shipowners’ Club

Shipowners’ Club has put together a Covid-19 Q&A, answering the questions:

  1. The crew onboard shows symptoms related to COVID-19. Is the vessel off-hire?
  2. The crew onboard shows symptoms related to COVID-19. Is the vessel seaworthy?
  3. Can the voyage be interrupted if the crew is infected by COVID-19?
  4. What is the effect of a force majeure clause in a charterparty (either voyage or time)?
  5. What does a party need to do to rely on force majeure?
  6. Can a shipowner refuse to accept orders to a port where there’s been an outbreak?
  7. Can COVID-19 turn the port unsafe?
  8. Can a party terminate the contract on the basis of frustration?
  9. Will time count as laytime/ demurrage when the vessel is delayed at the port due to COVID-19 issues?
  10. What is the effect of BIMCO’s ‘epidemics’ clause on owners and charterers?
  11. What happens to the cargo on board the vessel in the event there is a force majeure event?

https://www.shipownersclub.com/contractual-implications-of-covid-19-faqs/