CSSA Chartering and Shipping Services SA v Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd

Shipping – Charterparty. If the owner had wanted to make the beginning of the chartered service contingent on the conclusion of the previous voyage, much clearer words than the parties had chosen would be required. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, so held in dismissing the owners appeal against a decision of the High Court that the owners had given an estimate of the expected commencement of the approach voyage. In any event, there was an absolute duty on the owners to commence the approach voyage at a particular point of time.

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