The charterparty contract is at the heart of commercial shipping operations. Whether a time, voyage or bareboat charter, it sets out the terms under which the vessel can be used by the charterer, the obligations of the owner to provide a vessel as described and the price to be paid. Given the central role of the charterparty, it is the source of numerous enquiries and disputes. From time to time these disputes can result in litigation. In addition to being costly, such disputes require significant management resources and divert the focus of owners or charterers from their core business. This topic aims to help by highlighting charterparty issues commonly encountered by Gard.