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Slow Steaming Clause for Time Charter Parties

(a) The Charterers may at their discretion provide, in writing to the Master, instructions to reduce speed or RPM (main engine Revolutions Per Minute) and/or instructions to adjust the Vessel’s speed to meet a specified time of arrival at a particular destination. 

(i) *Slow Steaming – Where the Charterers give instructions to the Master to adjust the speed or RPM, the Master shall, subject always to the Master’s obligations in respect of the safety of the Vessel, crew and cargo and the protection of the marine environment, comply with such written instructions, provided that the engine(s) continue(s) to operate above the cut-out point of the Vessel’s engine(s) auxiliary blower(s) and that such instructions will not result in the Vessel’s engine(s) and/or equipment operating outside the manufacturers’/designers’ recommendations as published from time to time.

(ii) *Ultra-Slow Steaming – Where the Charterers give instructions to the Master to adjust the speed or RPM, regardless of whether this results in the engine(s) operating above or below the cut-out point of the Vessel’s engine(s) auxiliary blower(s), the Master shall, subject always to the Master’s obligations in respect of the safety of the Vessel, crew and cargo and the protection of the marine environment, comply with such written instructions, provided that such instructions will not result in the Vessel’s engine(s) and/or equipment operating outside the manufacturers’/designers’ recommendations as published from time to time. If the manufacturers’/designers’ recommendations issued subsequent to the date of this Charter Party require additional physical modifications to the engine or related equipment or require the purchase of additional spares or equipment, the Master shall not be obliged to comply with these instructions.

* Sub-clauses (a)(i) and (a)(ii) are alternatives; delete whichever is not applicable. In the absence of deletions, alternative (a)(i) shall apply. 

(b) At all speeds the Owners shall exercise due diligence to ensure that the Vessel is operated in a manner which  minimises fuel consumption, always taking into account and subject to the following:

(i) The Owners’ warranties under this Charter Party relating to the Vessel’s speed and consumption;

(ii) The Charterers’ instructions as to the Vessel’s speed and/or RPM and/or specified time of arrival at a particular destination;

(iii) The safety of the Vessel, crew and cargo and the protection of the marine environment; and

(iv) The Owners’ obligations under any bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage issued by them or on their behalf.

(c) For the purposes of Sub-clause (b), the Owners shall exercise due diligence to minimise fuel consumption:

(i) when planning voyages, adjusting the Vessel’s trim and operating main engine(s) and auxiliary engine(s);

(ii) by making optimal use of the Vessel’s navigation equipment and any additional aids provided by the Charterers, such as weather routing, voyage optimization and performance monitoring systems; and

(iii) by directing the Master to report any data that the Charterers may reasonably request  to further improve the energy efficiency of the Vessel.

(d) The Owners and the Charterers shall share any findings and best practices that they may have identified on potential improvements to the Vessel’s energy efficiency.

(e) **For the avoidance of doubt, where the Vessel proceeds at a reduced speed or with reduced RPM pursuant to Sub-clause (a), then provided that the Master has exercised due diligence to comply with such instructions, this shall constitute compliance with, and there shall be no breach of, any obligation requiring the Vessel to proceed with utmost and/or due despatch (or any other such similar/equivalent expression). 

(f) **The Charterers shall ensure that the terms of the bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage issued by or on behalf of the Owners provide that compliance by Owners with this Clause does not constitute a breach of the contract of carriage. The Charterers shall indemnify the Owners against all consequences and liabilities that may arise from bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage being issued as presented to the extent that the terms of such bills of lading, waybills or other documents evidencing contracts of carriage impose or result in breach of the Owners’ obligation to proceed with due despatch or are to be held to be a deviation or the imposition of more onerous liabilities upon the Owners than those assumed by the Owners pursuant to this Clause.

 
 
 
 
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