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COVID-19: The impact on charter-party clauses and other operational implications

COVID-19: The impact on charter-party clauses and other operational implications

Michael Orfanidis

Covid-19 was declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11th March 2020, with nations all over the world taking extreme measures to contain or delay the spread of the virus.  

Countries around the world are strengthening their border control measures in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and port authorities continue to be in a heightened state of alert in order to identify crew members or passengers displaying symptoms compatible with the disease.

COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global health and economic emergency. As the economic impact of Covid-19 deepens globally and builds by the day, shipping businesses' rights and obligations under contracts are coming into sharp focus. The COVID-19 pandemic has, among other issues, led to uncertainty as to the enforceability of certain commercial contracts. The full impact of COVID-19 remains to be seen.
A guide to most significant charter-party clauses that may be affected by the outbreak of the pandemic is provided for general guidance to the shipping industry and presents the potential implications that could adversely affect the Ship-owners.

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