When the owners let their vessel to the time charterers in consideration of the payment of hire the later entitled to the use of the vessel during contracted period of time. Express provision for punctual advanced payment of hire usually followed by relevant withdrawal wording in time charterparty. Thus being under strict obligation to pay for services rendered by the owners, the charterers are obviously concerned over uninterrupted employment of the vessel. On the other hand, unpredictable factors such as weather, navigation or management errors, political unrest and instability, etc., peculiar to shipping business make delays inevitable. To deal with consequences of such delays parties insert certain provisions into the time charter contract, which are primarily collected in an ‘off-hire’ clause. Such a clause suspends the running of hire on occurrence of some specific events mentioned in the clause.
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