Liberty and Deviation Clause for Contracts of Carriage

(a) The Vessel shall have liberty to sail with or without pilots, to tow or go to the assistance of vessels in distress, to deviate for the purposes of saving life or property, and for any other reasonable purpose, which term shall include but not be limited to calling at any port or place for bunkers; taking on board spares, stores or supplies; repairs to the vessel necessary for the safe continuation of the voyage; crew changes; landing of stowaways; medical emergencies and ballast water exchange.
(b) If the Charterer requests any deviation for the Charterer’s purposes and the Owners consent, such consent to be at the absolute discretion of the Owners, the Charterer shall indemnify the Owners against any and all claims whatsoever brought by the owners of the cargo and/or the holders of Bills of Lading against the Owners by reason of such deviation.
(c) Prior to giving any such consent the Owners may, at their option, require to be satisfied amongst other things that the Charterer has sufficient and appropriate P&I Club cover and/or if necessary, other additional insurance cover, in respect of such a requested deviation,
(d) This Clause shall be incorporated into any sub-charter and any bill of lading issued pursuant hereto.


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