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Gard Guidance Masters


The vessel is frequently let out on charter. The relationship between the Company and the charterer will be governed by the terms of a charterparty. The Master should

  • be familiar with the identity and communication details of the charterer or – if provided – the sub-charterer
  • be familiar with the terms and conditions of the charterparty and the letter of instructions issued by the charterer, as any misunderstandings may cause delay or have a detrimental affect on the Company legally and/or commercially
  • seek input from the Chief Officer and Chief Engineer as to the ability of the vessel to perform to the charterer’s requirements
  • clarify with the Company any doubts about the ability to perform the charterer’s requirements or about the meaning of the instructions prior to commencement of the voyage as well as during the voyage
  • record in writing any additional instructions received from charterer and, if possible, for the instructions to be countersigned by the person giving them. For special requirements under a charterparty, please see section 2.11.3 Cargo precautions under charterparty provisions.

    If the charterers

  • withhold essential information, e.g. the cargo manifest or the cargo details as required to be provided under the ISPS Code, or
  • if they give instructions which contradict the terms of the charterparty and the charterers’ letter of instruction, the Master should record it and immediately seek instructions from the Company.