Seatrade Group N.V. v Hakan Agro D.M.C.C

Shipping – Charterparty. The phrase 'always accessible', as used by the parties on a modified GENCON 1994 form in connection with the berth of a vessel, referred to both arrival and departure to and from the berth, and not just arrival. The Commercial Court held that an umpire had erred in finding for the respondent charterers following the delay to a vessel leaving its berth, and allowed the appellant owners' appeal.

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