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BIMCO SUPPLYTIME 2017- New “Special Task” annexes published

News / / BIMCO SUPPLYTIME 2017- New “Special Task” annexes published

The SUPPLYTIME 2017 contract introduced significant changes to its preceding SUPPLYTIME 2005 charter, particularly in relation to the overall liability regime. Recognising that users may draft their own special provisions to accommodate for tasks that cover activities outside of the main agreement, BIMCO has introduced a catalogue of optional annexes to prevent omissions or conflicting provisions by its users. 

The SUPPLYTIME form currently has two optional annexes Annex A (which deals with Vessel Specifications) and Annex B (which deals with insurance). The new optional annexes allow users to make amendments appropriate to their individual projects. The recently published annexes are summarised as follows:

(Annex C) Helicopter and Helideck Operations

This annex details the legal, regulatory and certification requirements for operating a helideck. This includes ensuring that the helideck is certified by the UK Civil Aviation Authority or its equivalent. The annex also calls for safety related requirements for personnel on board a ship, including the requirement to have a minimum of one helicopter landing officer and two heli-deck assistants on board a vessel who are available for the arrival and departure of any helicopter at all given times. 

(Annex D) Extended Offshore Operations 

This annex addresses the impact on the vessel’s regular activities (such as crew changes, fuel and stores, inspections) when the charterers’ instructions require the ship to remain at sea. The costs and responsibility of the owners and charterers in specific circumstances are set out in the annex. If mandatory inspections of the vessel cannot be undertaken whilst the vessel remains offshore, the owners shall give the charterers not less than 10 days’ notice in writing for the vessel to be at an agreed port for the inspection to take place and shall remain on hire throughout.

(Annex E) Crew Qualifications

Although there is no specific reference to the qualification of crew-information in SUPPLYTIME, the owners may provide a list of the crew members which details their ranks, nationalities and specific qualifications, taking into account the requirements arising from the employment of the ship. This annex provides that if the charterer requires the vessel’s crew to have additional training then costs incurred (documented and specified) in complying with the additional requirement shall be borne by the charterer.

(Annex F) Walk to Work

This annex is designed to be used whenever the charterers’ instructions require the vessel to operate a motion compensating gangway system and deals with the legal and safety requirements of operating a gangway. The provider of the gangway must meet all legal requirements applied by the vessel’s flag state, and/or classification Society, and/or country of operation. 

We understand that BIMCO plans to continue developing annexes to cover other aspects such as those relating to 1) use of dynamic positioning (DP) systems, 2) charterers’ personnel on board, 3) ROV support – remotely operated underwater vehicles, 4) crane operations – surface and subsea, 5) cable laying; 6) use of diving systems and 7) hybrid propulsion systems. In the meantime, should you require more detailed information on or assistance with SUPPLYTIME or the new annexes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Amaka Edomobi

Amaka Edomobi Managing Associate

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