chapter  12
12 Pages

Charterers to Provide and Pay For

Quantity 12.4 Of necessity, the ability of the charterers to provide the ship with the correct quantity of

at page 367, Ackner, J., said: ‘‘The provision [to provide and pay for fuel] does not relieve the shipowners from the obligation of seeing that the vessel is in a seaworthy condition in respect of the supply of fuel . . . Thus it is the duty of the master to give the charterers correct information, to enable them to provide the requisite quantity of fuel . . . ’’. It is suggested that the owners’ responsibility for providing information is not confined to matters of seaworthiness. Under the owners’ general duty of co-operation they must not unreasonably fail to provide the charterers with information about the needs and characteristics of their ship that may reasonably be required to enable the charterers to perform their duty to provide what the ship needs.