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Terms & Conditions

  1. AGREEMENT TO LET AND HIRE

    The OWNER agrees to let the Vessel to the CHARTERER and not to enter into any other Agreement for the Charter to the vessel tor the same period.

    The CHARTERER agrees to hire the Vessel and shall pay the Charter Fee, the Advance Provisioning Allowance, the Delivery/Re-delivery Fee, the Security Deposit and any other agreed charges, in cleared funds, no later than the dates and to the Account specified in this Agreement

    The OWNER and BROKER will not trade with or provide Services to any OFAC sanctioned countries.

    EMPIRE YACHTS LLC maintains the www.empireyachts.com website (“site”).

    CHARTERERS booking through/ using the website who are minor/ under the age of 18 shall not register as a user of the website and shall not transact on or use the website.

  2. DELIVERY

    The OWNER shall at the beginning of the Charter Period deliver the Vessel free of encumbrance lo the Place of Delivery in compliance with its flag state requirements and the CHARTERER shall take delivery in full commission and working order. The Vessel shall be insured, seaworthy, clean, in good condition throughout and ready for service, with full equipment, including up-to-date safety and lifesaving equipment (including life-jackets for children if any are carried in the CHARTERER’S Party), as required by the Vessel’s registration authority and fitted out as appropriate for a Vessel of her size and type and enabling the CHARTERER lo use the Vessel as set out in Clause 13. The OWNER does not warrant her use and comfort in bad weather conditions for all cruises or passages within the Cruising Area.

  3. RE DELIVERY

    The CHARTERER shall re-deliver the Vessel to the OWNER at the Place of Re-Delivery free of any debts incurred for the CHARTERER’S account during the Charter Period and in as good a condition as when delivery was taken, except for fair wear and tear arising from ordinary use. The CHARTERER may, if he wishes, re-deliver the Vessel lo the Place of Re-Delivery and disembark prior to the end of the Charter Period but such early re-delivery shall not entitle the CHARTERER to any refund of the Charter Fee.

  4. CRUISING AREA
    1. The CHARTERER shall restrict the cruising of the Vessel to within the Cruising Area and to within regions In the Cruising Area in which the Vessel is legally permitted to cruise. The CHARTERER shall also restrict time under way to an average of six (6) hours per day, unless the Captain, at his sole discretion, agrees to exceed this time.
    2. While the Captain and/or Broker will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate the CHARTERER’S request for a berth; it is understood that the Captain and/or Owner and/or Broker and/or Stakeholder (if applicable) cannot be held liable for the non-allocation of the berth
  5. MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PERSONS – RESPONSIBILITY FOR CHILDREN – HEALTH OF THE CHARTERER’S PARTY
    1. The CHARTERER shall not at any time during the Charter Period permit more than the Maximum Number of Guests Sleeping or Cruising on Board plus, at the sole discretion of the Captain, a reasonable number of visitors whilst the Vessel is securely moored in port or at anchor, or as permitted by the appropriate authority.
    2. If children are taken on board, the CHARTERER shall be fully responsible for their conduct and entertainment and no member of the Crew shall be held responsible for their conduct or entertainment.
    3. The nature of a Charter may render it uncomfortable or unsuitable for anybody with physical disability or undergoing medical treatment and by signature of this Agreement the CHARTERER warrants the medical fitness of all members of the CHARTERER’S Party for the voyage contemplated by this Agreement. The CHARTERER and his party undertake to have all necessary visas and vaccinations for the countries to be visited.
  6. CREW
    1. The OWNER shall provide a Captain qualified in accordance with the Vessel’s flag state requirements and acceptable lo the insurers of the Vessel. He shall also provide a suitably qualified and properly trained Crew. No member of the Crew shall carry or use any illegal drugs on board the Vessel or keep any firearms on board (other than those declared on the manifest) and the Captain and Crew shall comply with the laws and regulations of any country into whose waters the Vessel shall enter during the course of this Agreement.
    2. It is understood that the Crew are entitled to a minimum amount of rest in accordance with the Vessel’s Code of Practice, which includes the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006.
    3. The Captain and Crew are bound at all limes to keep all information related to this Charter, the OWNER, the CHARTERER, and all Guests as confidential and no information is to be disclosed to any third party without prior permission of the CHARTERER in writing.
  7. CAPTAIN’S AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITIES
    1. The OWNER shall ensure that the Captain shows the CHARTERER the same attention as if the CHARTERER were the OWNER. The Captain shall comply with all reasonable orders given to him by the CHARTERER regarding the management, operation and movement of the Vessel, wind, weather and other circumstances permitting. The Captain shall not, however, be bound to comply with any order which might, in the reasonable opinion of the Captain, result in the Vessel moving to any port or place that is not safe and proper, or might result in the CHARTERER failing to re-deliver the Vessel upon the expiration of the Charter Period, or would, in the reasonable opinion of the Captain, cause a breach of Clause 13 and/or any other clause of this Agreement. Further, without prejudice lo any other remedy of the OWNER, if, in the reasonable opinion of the Captain, the CHARTERER or any of his Guests fail to observe any of the provisions in Clause 13 and if such failure continues alter the Captain has given due and specific warning lo the CHARTERER in writing in respect of the same, the Captain shall inform the OWNER, the Broker and the Stakeholder, and the OWNER may terminate the Charter forthwith or instruct the Captain to return the Vessel to the Place of Re-Delivery and upon such return the Charter Period shall be terminated. The CHARTERER and his Guests shall disembark, the CHARTERER having settled all outstanding expenses with the Captain beforehand and the CHARTERER shall not be entitled to any refund of the Charter Fee.
    2. With particular regard to the use of water sports equipment, the Captain shall have the authority to exclude the CHARTERER or any or all of his Guests from use of any particular water sports equipment if they are unsafe, or behaving in an irresponsible manner, or are under the influence of alcohol, or are failing to show due concern for other persons or properly when operating this equipment.

      NOTIFICATIONS BY THE CAPTAIN

      The Captain shall immediately notify the Broker and Stakeholder of any breakdowns, disablements, crew changes, accidents, or other significant incidents that occur during the Charter Period.

  8. OPERATING COSTS

    The Charter Fee includes the charter of the Vessel with all its equipment in working order; tools; stores; cleaning materials and basic consumable stores for engine room, deck, galley and cabins; laundry of ship’s linen; the crew’s wages, uniforms and food, the Insurance of the Vessel and crew as per Clause 16. The CHARTERER will pay, at cost, for all other expenses. These include, but are not limited to, shore side transport; fuel for the main engines and generators; fuel for tenders and water sports equipment; food and all beverages for the Charter Period; berthing dues and other harbour charges including pilots’ fees, local taxes, divers’ fees, customs formalities and any charges for waste disposal, charges for water and electricity taken from shore; ships’ agents’ fees where applicable; personal laundry; Charter Party communications and internet use; and hire or purchase costs of any special equipment placed on board at the CHARTERER’S request.

    Payment for extraordinary expenses such as special requirements or equipment, shoreside transport or excursions or any other expenses not customarily considered part of the Vessel’s operating costs may be required to be paid, via the Broker’s account in advance or to the Captain on boarding, in addition to the Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA).

    Having paid the APA via the Broker’s Account, the CHARTERER shall be advised by the Captain, at intervals, as to the disbursement of the APA and shall, if the balance remaining becomes insufficient in the light of current expenditure as supported by receipts, pay to the Captain a sufficient sum to maintain an adequate credit balance. The OWNER shall ensure the Captain will exercise due diligence in the expenditure of the APA. Any charges or fees related to the transfer of the APA to the Vessel are for the CHARTERER’S account. Exchange rates, if applicable, cannot be guaranteed.

    Prior to disembarkation at the end of the Charter Period, the Captain shall present to the CHARTERER a detailed account of expenditure, with as many supporting receipts as possible, and the CHARTERER shall pay to the Captain the balance of the expenses or the Captain shall repay to the CHARTERER any balance overpaid, as the case may be.

    Payment by cheque, credit card or other negotiable instrument is not normally acceptable due to the itinerant nature of the Vessel’s seasonal schedule and the CHARTERER should therefore ensure that he has sufficient funds available to cover all foreseeable expenses or arrange to deposit additional funds with the Broker.

  9. DELAY IN DELIVERY
    1. If, by reason of force majeure as defined in Clause 18 (a)), the OWNER fails to deliver the Vessel to the CHARTERER at the Place of Delivery at the commencement of the Charter Period and delivery is made within forty-eight (48) hours of the scheduled commencement date, or within one tenth (1/10th) of the Charter Period, whichever period is the shorter, the OWNER shall pay to the CHARTERER a refund of the Charter Fee at a pro rata daily rate or if it be mutually agreed the OWNER shall allow a pro rata extension of the Charter Period

      FAILURE TO DELIVER

    2. If by reason of force majeure the OWNER fails to deliver the Vessel within forty-eight (48) hours or a period equivalent to one-tenth (1/10th) of the Charter Period, to the Place of Delivery, whichever period is the shorter from the due time of delivery the CHARTERER shall be entitled to treat this Agreement as terminated. The CHARTERER’S exclusive remedy will be to receive immediate repayment without interest of the full amount of all payments made by him under the terms of this Agreement Alternatively, if the parties mutually agree, the Charter Period shall be extended by a time equivalent to the delay or postponed to a mutually agreed time
    3. If the OWNER fails to deliver the Vessel at the Place of Delivery at the commencement of the Charier Period other than by reason of force majeure; the CHARTERER shall be entitled to treat this Agreement as repudiated by the OWNER. The CHARTERER will be entitled to immediate repayment without interest of the full amount of alt payments made by him under the terms of this Agreement and shall in addition be paid by the OWNER liquidated damages of an amount equivalent to fifty percent (50%) of the Charter Fee,

      CANCELLATION BY OWNER, REFUND POLICY

    4. If prior to the commencement of the Charter Period, the OWNER tenders notice of cancellation via the Broker and if the cancellation is by reason of force majeure, the remedy in (b) above shall apply.
    5. If the cancellation is for any reason, other than force majeure, the CHARTERER shall be entitled to immediate repayment/ refund without interest of the full amount of all payments made by him under the terms of this Agreement and shall in addition be entitled to liquidated damages from the OWNER to be calculated and paid forthwith on the following scale:
      1. thirty (30) days or more before commencement of the Charter Period, an amount equivalent to twenty five percent (25%) of the Charter Fee.
      2. more than fourteen (14) days but less than thirty (30) days before commencement of the Charter Period, an amount equivalent to thirty five percent (35%) of the Charter Fee.
      3. fourteen (14) days or less before commencement of the Charier Period, an amount equivalent to fifty percent (50%) of the Charter Fee.
      4. Refunds will be made only through the original mode of payment.
  10. DELAY IN RE DELIVERY
    1. If re-delivery of the Vessel is delayed by reason of force majeure, re-delivery shall be effected as soon as possible thereafter and in the meantime the conditions of this Agreement shall remain in force but without penalty or additional charge against the CHARTERER.
    2. If the CHARTERER fails to re-deliver the Vessel to the OWNER at the Place of Re-Delivery due to intentional delay or change of itinerary against the Captain’s advice, then the CHARTERER shall pay forthwith to the OWNER via the Broker/Stakeholder’s Account demurrage at the daily rate plus fifty percent (50%) of the daily rate. The CHARTERER shall be liable for all operating costs as per Clause 8 and indemnify the OWNER for any loss or damage which the OWNER shall suffer by reason of deprivation of use of the Vessel or cancellation of, or delay in delivery under any subsequent Charter of the Vessel.
  11. CLAUSE 11 CANCELLATION BY CHARTERER, NO-REFUND POLICY & CONSEQUENCES OF NON PAYMENT, DEFAULT OF PAYMENT OR FAILURE TO PAY
    1. In the event of cancellation by the CHARTERER, No Refunds will be made. Should the CHARTERER give notice of cancellation of this Agreement on or at any time before the commencement of the Charier Period, some or all of the Charter Fee may be retained by the OWNER determined as follows:

      § After this Agreement is signed but before the final instalment/deposit is due to be paid, the OWNER shall be entitled to retain the first instalment/deposit.

      § After any subsequent instalments/deposits are due to be paid, the OWNER shall be entitled to retain the first instalment/deposit and any subsequent instalments/deposits due.

      If any of the instalments/deposits are due to be paid but have not been paid at the time of notice of cancellation then the OWNER shall have a claim against the CHARTERER for the amount so due

    2. Should the CHARTERER fail to pay, after having been given written notice by the OWNER, any amount due under this Agreement, the OWNER reserves the right to treat this Agreement as having been repudiated by the CHARTERER and to retain the full amount of all payments and to recover all sums unpaid and due up to the date of the repudiation.
    3. DUTY TO MITIGATE FOLLOWING EITHER CANCELLATION OF THE CHARTER OR NON-PAYMENT OF THE CHARTER FEE
      1. Notwithstanding the OWNER’S right to receive or retain all payments referred to above, whether due to cancellation or non-payment, the OWNER shall be under a duty to mitigate the CHARTERER’S loss and in the event that the OWNER is able to re-let the Vessel for all or part of the Charter Period under this Agreement, the OWNER will give credit for the net amount of charter hire arising from such re-letting after deduction of all commissions and other consequential expenses arising from such re-letting. The intention is that the OWNER shall receive the same in net proceeds from any re-letting as would have been received under this Agreement had it not been cancelled or repudiated, so that the OWNER shall reimburse or forgive payments received or due from the CHARTERER only to the extent that the net proceeds from any re-letting which correspond to part or all of the Charter Period exceed the amounts which would have been received under this Agreement. The OWNER shall use his best endeavours to re-let the Vessel and shall not unreasonably withhold his agreement to re-let, although charters which may reasonably be considered detrimental to the Vessel, its reputation, its Crew or its schedule may be refused,
      2. If, prior to the date of cancellation, the Vessel has taken on provisions for the Charter, or has utilised the Delivery/Re-delivery Fee, then the CHARTERER shall pay for these expenses unless all or part can be either refunded by the supplier or transferred to the next Charter, in which case they shall be adjusted accordingly. The Captain and OWNER shall be under a duty to mitigate these expenses where possible,
    4. If, after signature of this Agreement, the OWNER is adjudged bankrupt or, in the case of a company, a liquidator, receiver or administrator is appointed over all or part of the OWNER’s assets, the CHARTERER shall be entitled to cancel the Charter and all monies paid to the OWNER, his agent or the Stakeholder pursuant to this Agreement shall be refunded without further deduction,
  12. CLAUSE 12 BREAKDOWN OR DISABLEMENT

    If after delivery the Vessel shall at any time be disabled by breakdown of machinery, grounding, collision or other cause so as to prevent reasonable use of the Vessel by the CHARTERER for a period between twelve (12) and forty-eight (48) consecutive hours or one tenth (1/10th) of the Charter Period, whichever is the shorter (and the disablement has not been brought about by any act or default of the CHARTERER) the OWNER shall make a pro rata refund of the Charter Fee for the period of the disablement or, if mutually agreed, allow a pro rata extension of the Charter Period corresponding with the period of disablement. If the CHARTERER wishes to invoke this clause he shall give immediate notice to the Captain directly, (or via the Broker). The CHARTERER shall not be liable for extra costs relating to the immobilisation of the Vessel but will remain liable for normal expenses during the period of disablement.

    In the event of the actual or constructive total loss of the Vessel or if the Vessel is disabled as aforesaid for a consecutive period of more than forty-eight (48) hours or one tenth (1/10th) of the Charter Period, whichever is shorter, the CHARTERER may terminate this Agreement by notice in writing to the OWNER via the Brokers or to the Captain if no means of communication is available. Within two (2) working days after such termination, the Charter Fee shall be repaid by the OWNER pro rata without interest for that proportion of the Charter Period outstanding after the date and time on which the loss or disablement occurred. In the event of such termination the CHARTERER may effect re delivery by giving up possession of the Vessel where she lies. The CHARTERER shall be entitled to recover from the OWNER the reasonable cost of returning the CHARTERER and his Guests to the Place of Re-Delivery together with reasonable accommodation expenses incurred.

    Alternatively, after a consecutive period of disablement of more than forty-eight (48) hours or one tenth (1/10th) of the Charter Period, whichever the shorter, and dependent on the nature and seriousness of the disablement, by mutual agreement the CHARTERER may elect to remain on board for the duration of the Charter Period and the CHARTERER will then have no further or additional claim against the OWNER.

  13. USE OF THE VESSEL

    The CHARTERER shall comply, and shall ensure that the Guests comply, with the laws and regulations of any country into whose waters the Vessel shall enter during the course of this Agreement

    The CHARTERER shall ensure that no pets or other animals are brought on board the Vessel without the consent in writing of the OWNER. The CHARTERER shall ensure that the behaviour of the CHARTERER and his Guests shall not cause a nuisance to any person or bring the Vessel into disrepute The Vessel is not to be used for commercial photo or film shoots of any nature, unless by written permission from the OWNER.

    The CHARTERER and Guests shall afford the Crew due respect at all times. No Crew member shall be subjected to any type of harassment, sexual or otherwise, by the CHARTERER or Guests at any time during the Charter Period.

    Unless otherwise agreed, smoking shall be restricted to the exterior areas of the Vessel designated by the Captain.

    Rendezvous diving only unless otherwise noted under special conditions.

    The Captain shall promptly draw the CHARTERER’S attention to any infringement of these terms by himself or his Guests, and if such behaviour continues after this warning, the Captain shall inform the OWNER or Stakeholder, and the OWNER may, by notice in writing given to the CHARTERER, terminate this Agreement in accordance with Clause 7.

    If the CHARTERER or any of the Guests shall commit any offence contrary to the laws and regulations of any country which results in any member of the Crew of the Vessel being detained, fined or imprisoned, or the Vessel being detained, arrested, seized or fined, the CHARTERER shall indemnify the OWNER against all loss, damage and expense incurred by the OWNER as a result, and the OWNER may, by notice to the CHARTERER, terminate this Agreement forthwith.

    The Vessel operates a zero tolerance policy and the possession or use of any illegal drugs or any weapons (including firearms) is strictly prohibited on board the Vessel. Failure to comply shall be sufficient reason for the OWNER to terminate the Charter forthwith without refund or recourse against the OWNER, Stakeholder or Broker.

  14. NON-ASSIGNMENT

    The CHARTERER shall not assign this Agreement, sub let the Vessel or part with control of the Vessel without the consent in writing of the OWNER, such consent may be on such terms as the OWNER at his sole discretion considers appropriate.

  15. SALE OF THE VESSEL
    1. The OWNER agrees not to sell the Vessel during the Charter Period.
    2. Should the OWNER agree to sell the Vessel after the signing of this Charter Agreement, but before delivery to the CHARTERER, the OWNER shall immediately, upon entering into an agreement for the sale of the Vessel, give notice of such sale in writing to the CHARTERER via the Broker. This information shall be kept in strict confidence by all parties to the Agreements.
    3. Should the Vessel be sold one of the following provisions will apply:
      1. The OWNER shall arrange for the Buyer to perform the Charter on the same terms and conditions by signature of a tri-partite Novation Agreement. Where the Charter is taken over by the Buyer on the same terms and conditions there shall be no penalty against the OWNER and no additional commission due to the Broker.
      2. If the Buyer is unwilling or unable to fulfil the Charter Agreement then this Charter Agreement shall be considered as having been cancelled by the OWNER in accordance with Clause 9. All payments made by the CHARTERER shall be promptly repaid in full to him without deduction, and in addition liquidated damages calculated in accordance with Clauses 9.5.1, 9.5.2 or 9.5.3, as appropriate, shall be paid. The Broker and Stakeholder shall be paid by the OWNER the full commission due on this original Agreement no later than seventy-two (72) hours after formal cancellation.
  16. INSURANCE
    1. Throughout the period of this Agreement the OWNER shall insure the Vessel with first-class insurers against all customary risks for a Vessel of her size, value, and type on cover no less than is provided under Institute Yacht Clauses 1.11.85 or other recognised terms extended to provide Permission to Charter and to cover Third Party liability, Water Skiers liabilities together with liabilities arising from the use by the CHARTERER and other competent person(s) authorised by him of personal water craft, including jet skis, wave runners and other similar powered craft as well as windsurfers, dinghies, catamarans or other water sports equipment carried by the Vessel. The insurance shall also cover War, Strikes, Pollution and include insurance of Crew against injuries and/or Third Party liabilities incurred during the course of their employment. The CHARTERER shall remain liable for any loss, damage or liabilities arising from any act of negligence of the CHARTERER or his Guests and not recoverable by the OWNER under his insurance.
    2. All such insurances shall be on such terms and subject to such excess (deductible) as are customary tor a vessel of this size, value, and type. Copies of all relevant insurance documentation shall be available on request for inspection by the CHARTERER prior to the Charter on reasonable notice to the OWNER, and shall be carried on board the Vessel
    3. The CHARTERER should carry independent insurance for Personal Effects whilst on board or ashore and for any Medical or Accident expenses (including emergency transport evacuation) incurred.
    4. The CHARTERER should be aware that neither Charterer’s Liability Insurance nor Cancellation and Curtailment Insurance are included in this Agreement.
  17. SECURITY DEPOSIT

    Unless otherwise provided, the Security Deposit shall be held by the Stakeholder on the OWNER’s behalf and may be used in, or towards, discharging any damage or liability that the CHARTERER may incur under any of the provisions of this Agreement. If not required, as confirmed by the Captain in writing to the Stakeholder, the Security Deposit shall be refunded without interest to the CHARTERER on the first working day after the end of the Charter Period, or after settlement of all outstanding questions, whichever is the later.

  18. DEFINITIONS
    1. FORCE MAJEURE

      In this Agreement ‘force majeure’ means any cause directly attributable to acts, events, non-happenings, omissions, accidents or Acts of God beyond the reasonable control of the OWNER, the Crew, or the CHARTERER (including, but not limited to, strikes, lock-outs or other labour disputes, civil commotion, riots, acts of terrorism, blockade, invasion, war, fire, explosion, sabotage, storm, collision, grounding, fog, governmental act or regulation, contaminated fuel, major mechanical or electrical breakdown beyond the Crew’s control and not caused by lack of maintenance and/or OWNER’S or Crew’s negligence). Crew changes and shipyard delays not attributable to the aforementioned causes, do not constitute force majeure.

    2. OWNER, CHARTERER, BROKER AND STAKEHOLDER

      Throughout this Agreement, the terms OWNER, CHARTERER, Broker, and Stakeholder and corresponding pronouns shall be construed to apply whether the OWNER, CHARTERER, Broker or Stakeholder is male, female, corporate, singular or plural, as the case may be.

    3. VAT

      In this Agreement VAT means Value Added Tax levied by any applicable jurisdiction.

    4. WORKING DAY

      In Clause 20 Working Day is defined as a day when the banks are open for business in the country where a stakeholder is situated.

  19. SALVAGE

    During the period of the Charter, the benefits, if any, from any derelicts, salvages and towages, after paying the Crew’s proportion, and a proportion of the Charter Fee during the time when the Vessel is engaged in providing salvage assistance, and expenses during this time directly related to the salvage, shall be shared equally between the OWNER and the CHARTERER.

  20. PAYMENT OF CHARTER FEES AND OTHER MONIES TO THE OWNERS

    Unless otherwise provided, all funds received by the Broker against this Agreement shall be transferred immediately upon receipt to the Stakeholder (if the Broker is not the Stakeholder) and then held by the Stakeholder in a designated Account in the currency of this Agreement. Fifty percent (S0%) of the Charter Fee shall be paid to the OWNER by the Stakeholder after deduction of the full commission by Bank Transfer or Credit Card Payment on the date of commencement of the Charter Period or on the first working day thereafter. Visa and MasterCard Debit or Credit Card in AED will be accepted for Payment. Cardholder must retain a copy of transaction records and merchant policies and rules. The CHARTERER/ Site User/ Cardholder is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their own account. The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) shall be paid by the Stakeholder, to the Captain, or to the OWNER for onward transmission to the Captain prior to embarkation, by Bank Transfer or Credit Card Payment. Once the payment is made, the confirmation notice will be sent to the client via email within 24 hours of receipt of payment. The Delivery and/or Re-delivery fees (if applicable) and any extraordinary expenses shall either be paid with the first payment to the OWNER or directly to the Captain The balance of the Charter Fee shall be paid to the OWNER on the first working day following completion of the Charter Period unless the Stakeholder shall have received written notice of a complaint by or on behalf of the Charterer. Once such notice of complaint has been received by the Stakeholder, the Stakeholder shall be obliged to retain the balance of the Charter Fee for a period of 14 days If during such 14 day period the Charterer’s complaint is resolved by agreement with the Owner then the Stakeholder shall pay the balance of the Charter Fee to the Owner or as otherwise directed in an Arbitration Award. If after 14 days neither party shall have appointed an arbitrator then the balance of the Charter Fee shall be paid by the Stakeholder to the Owner on the first working day after the 14 day period referred to above. If either party shall have appointed an arbitrator then the Stakeholder shall retain the balance of the Charter Fee in a designated account until an Arbitration Award has been published or the matter settled by mutual agreement between the parties.

  21. COMPLAINTS

    The CHARTERER shall give notice of any complaint in the first instance to the Captain on board and note shall be taken of the time, date and nature of the complaint. The Captain shall inform the Broker and Stakeholder as soon as practicable

    If, however, this complaint cannot be resolved on board the Vessel then the CHARTERER shall give notice to the OWNER or to the Broker within twenty four (24) hours of the event or occurrence unless it is impracticable due to failure or non-availability of communications equipment. The complaint may be made verbally in the first instance, but shall be confirmed as soon as possible in writing specifying the precise nature of the complaint

  22. FORCE MAJEURE

    When force majeure is invoked in relation to breakdown or disablement, the Owner will instruct the Captain or Owner’s representative to submit a detailed technical report, a copy of the vessel’s maintenance log, if applicable, and all relevant supporting documentation to the Charterer or Charterer’s representative,

  23. ARBITRATION & LAW
    1. United Arab Emirates is our country of Domicile. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with UAE law and any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, or the breach, termination or invalidity of it, shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the Rules of the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC). The seat of the arbitration shall be the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), United Arab Emirates.  The arbitration shall be before a sole arbitrator selected by the Executive Committee of EMAC in the event the parties are unable to agree a sole arbitrator within 14 days of a request by one party for an arbitrator to be agreed. The language to be used in the arbitral proceedings shall be English. The Award rendered by the arbitration shall be final and binding upon both parties.
    2. Notwithstanding the reference to EMAC arbitration in Clause 23.1 above, OWNER may elect at their sole discretion to commence proceedings in any jurisdiction for the purpose of obtaining security, commencing and conducting Court proceedings, or enforcing a claim under the Agreement.
    3. The parties may agree at any time to refer to mediation (in accordance with EMAC mediation rules currently in force) any difference and/or dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement.
    4. If notice of a claim or arbitration proceedings is given by either party, the Stakeholder, after receiving notification of such proceedings, shall not deal with those monies held by them without the agreement of both parties or in accordance with an order of the Arbitrator or the final Arbitration Award.  The monies should be held in a designated client account. This account should be interest bearing where national banking rules permit. The Stakeholder may with the agreement of both parties, pay the monies into an Escrow Account jointly controlled by the accredited legal representatives of both parties pending the result of the arbitration.
  24. BROKERS
    1. The commission shall be deemed to be earned by the Broker and the Stakeholder upon the signature of this Agreement by the OWNER and CHARTERER and payment of deposit funds by CHARTERER and be payable by the OWNER on the full Charter Fee plus the Delivery/ Re-delivery Fee, if applicable, but excluding running expenses, according to Clause 20 of this Agreement, whether or not he defaults for any reason including force majeure. In the event of cancellation by the CHARTERER, the commission shall be deducted as an expense from the deposit.
    2. If the CHARTERER should extend this Charter, the OWNER shall pay commission on the gross Charter Fee for the extension, on the same basis as provided in 24.1 above.
    3. If the CHARTERER should sign an agreement for the Re-Charter of the Vessel from the OWNER, his Agent or the Stakeholder, within two (2) years from the date of completion of the Charter Period, whether or not on the same terms, then the Broker shall be entitled to, and shall be paid by the OWNER, commission on the gross Charter Fee paid for that further Charter upon the same basis as provided herein.

      However, if the CHARTERER should choose to sign an agreement for the re-charter of the Vessel within this two-year period via another Broker to whom the commission is being paid, the OWNER shall pay a commission once only on the first Charter within that period of one-third (1/3rd) of the full rate to the original Broker and two-thirds (2/3rds) to the new Broker.

      1. If any agreement should be reached directly between the CHARTERER and the OWNER for the purchase of the Vessel within two (2) years from the date of completion of the Charter period, then the Broker shall be entitled to and be paid by the OWNER an industry acceptable sales commission.
      2. However, should the CHARTERER purchase the Vessel from the OWNER via a Sales Broker to whom the commission is being paid, then the OWNER shall pay, or shall ensure that the Sales Broker shall pay, to the Broker a sum equivalent to not less than fifteen (15%) percent of the gross sales commission. It is the responsibility of the OWNER to advise any future Sales Broker of this liability
      3. Sub clause 24.3.1 above only applies following the free choice of the CHARTERER and is not relevant if the appointment of a Sales Broker different from the Broker is suggested or solicited by the OWNER, his Agent, Captain or Representative. If the appointment of a different Sales Broker is suggested or solicited by the OWNER, his Agent, Captain or Representative, then Clause 24.3.1 above shall apply, as if the CHARTERER had reached the agreement to purchase the Vessel from the OWNER directly.
    4. The Broker and Stakeholder in this Agreement shall have no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury to the person or property of the OWNER or CHARTERER or any of their Guests, servants or agents, and further the Broker and Stakeholder shall be under no liability for any errors of judgement or description or otherwise, of whatsoever nature and howsoever arising, and shall be under no further obligation, duly or responsibility to the OWNER or the CHARTERER save as set out herein. The OWNER and the CHARTERER shall jointly and severally indemnify and hold harmless the Broker and Stakeholder for any loss or damage sustained by them as a result of any liability by the Broker and Stakeholder to any Third Party (person, firm, company or authority) arising from promoting or introducing this Charter, assisting in the performance of this Agreement or performing the duty of Stakeholder.
    5. For the purposes of this Clause, the terms OWNER and CHARTERER shall be understood to mean the named company or individual, or any company owned or controlled by them including companies owned indirectly or via Trustees, any Director of such a company, Beneficial Owner, Nominee, Agent or Charterer’s Guest.
  25. NOTICES

    Any notice given or required to be given by either party to this Agreement shall be communicated in any form of writing and shall be deemed to have been properly given if proved to have been dispatched pre-paid and properly addressed by mail or courier service or email or by facsimile in the case of the OWNER, to him or to the Broker at their addresses as per this Agreement or, in the case of the CHARTERER, to his address as per this Agreement or, where appropriate, to him on board the Vessel.

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