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London Arbitration 27/22

Charterparty – Off-hire – Vessel quarantined by health authority at delivery port after one crew member tested positive for Covid-19 – Whether owners could rely on clause making charterers liable for time lost to procedures imposed by authorities to combat avian influenza or similar – Whether charterers could rely on an exception for procedures arising solely as a consequence of crew’s history prior to delivery

The claimant owners chartered the subject vessel to the respondent charterers in March 2020 by a time charterparty on an amended NYPE form for a time charter trip estimated for a duration of 65/70 days; loading in South America with discharge and redelivery in the Far East.

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