By John Schofield
"Laytime and demurrage is a favourite topic of maritime lawyers everywhere. It is a complex subject that has been the subject of legal dispute from time immemorial. In particular, the last one and one half centuries have seen massive development of this branch of the law. This book describes those developments clearly. Another vital reference book for all those involved directly in the maritime industry or who are marine lawyers." - Asia Pacific Shipping on Laytime and Demurrage, 5th Edition
Laytime and Demurrage is the leading authority for all queries pertaining to this vital aspect of maritime law. It has continued to offer reliable, authoritative, and in-depth analysis since the first edition published in 1986.
Praised for its unrivalled coverage and lucid writing style, this book provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of laytime and demurrage, tracing the development of the law from its origins in the nineteenth century right up to the present day. The author delivers an in-depth analysis of both fixed and customary laytime clauses, the rules relating to commencement of laytime in berth, dock and port charters, and discusses under which circumstances laytime can be suspended. Furthermore, it analyses demurrage rules and vital issues such as despatch, detention and frustration.
This seventh edition includes all key judicial and arbitral decisions reported since the sixth edition published in 2011. It also covers suffixes in connection with laytime measured in terms of Working days and Weather Working Days, and disputes arising from tender of NORs at the end of the sea passage.
Laytime and Demurrage is an invaluable guide for both legal practitioners and maritime professionals worldwide, including commodity traders and brokers, shipping companies, P&I Clubs, shipowners, charterers, and arbitrators.
1. General Principles
2. Laytime Clauses - Fixed and Customary Laytime
3. Commencement of Laytime
4. Interruptions and Exceptions to Laytime
5. Other Laytime Matters