Astarea Yacht Center - Croatia Charter Company

Astarea Ltd. - Croatia yacht charter & brokerHR-AB-21-060215087 R.Boskovica 7, 21000 Split, Croatia

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GENERAL CHARTER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Basic stipulations:


  • Service Provider - Astarea Ltd. , Ruđera Boškovića 7 (office 123), 21000 Split , Croatia , PIN: 92329731442 , HR - B - 21-060215087, incorporated 
as a Charter company pursuant to the REGULATIONS ONCONDITIONS REQUIRED FOR ENGAGING IN CREWED OR BAREBOAT 
VESSEL RENTAL ACTIVITIES AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION SERVICES ONBOARD (Article 137 of the Act on Amendments to the 
Maritime Code (Official Gazette 56/ 13) with reference to Article 9, Paragraph 3 and Article 9a of the Maritime Code (Official 
Gazette 181/04, 76/07, 146/08 and 56/13) (hereinafter: Service Provider) 


  • Charter  activity  –  refers  to  vessel  rental  activities  or  to  providing  accommodation  on  the  vessel  in  internal  waters  and 
territorial sea of the Republic of Croatia pursuantto special legislation of services provision in nautical tourism. 


  • Charter  (charter  service)  –  refers  to  providing  accommodation  on  the  vessel  in  internal  waters  and  territorial  sea  of  the 
Republic of Croatia pursuant to special legislationregulating the provision of services in nautical tourism.


  • The vessel - a vessel which is defined as boat or yacht pursuantto the Maritime Code and used is for charter activity.


  • Charter company –refers to a natural or legal person, the owner or operator of the vessel, or a person possessing a written 
contract with the owner or the operator of the vessel which gives him the responsibility for the handling of the vessel and 
who, by assuming such responsibility, has taken over the rights and responsibilities as stipulated herein and by the applicable 
laws of the Republic of Croatia relating to navigation safety and protection of the sea from pollution


  • The recipient of services - the end charter services user (hereinafter: Recipient)  

  • Mediator - An Agent acting as an intermediary between the charter company (Service Provider) and the end user 
(Recipient) of the charter service 



I. The Service Provider hereby assumes the following duties towards the Recipient 


1. Hand over the contracted vessel in the agreed period  and following a full payment of the charter price. The vessel must be able to sail and at least in average condition for this type (respect the following: service information, especially regarding life-rafts and safety equipment).

2. Deliver the vessel documentation in accordance with the Croatian regulations on performing charter services, specifying the permitted and insurance covered area of navigation and sailing date.

3. Offer compensation for possible delays should the Recipient not be able to utilize (even partially) the vessel due to detected deficiencies. Refunds shall not made if the Recipient himself is responsible for the delay (e.g. due to damage caused by himself).

4. Throughout the charter duration the Service Provider shall be available to the Recipient via telephone or radio links, even if only during working hours.

 

II. Licenses for navigation, evidence of qualifications



Prior to the vessel handover, the Service Provider is entitled to verify skipper's abilities to operate the vessel. For this purpose, the Service Provider is entitled to require proof of previous navigation experience, presentation of license for navigation or evidence of qualifications required for operating the vessel or for navigationin the selected navigation in advance while entering into contract. Should there be obvious doubts regarding the ability of the skipper and the crew to operate the vessel safely, the Service Provider can make a skipper available to the Recipient at his expense or mediate in hiring askipper. If this is not possible, or if the Recipient does not agree with it, the Service Provider may refuse to hand over the vessel. In this case the Recipient shall be reimbursed for the paid charter price only if the vessel is successfully chartered to another Recipient for the original charter contract price. If further charter is possible onlyat a lower price, the Service Provider shall be entitled to an appropriate difference.



III. Disorders in the charter contract implementation



1) The Recipient's rights

a)  Should  the  Service  Provider  fail  to  make  the  vessel available  no  later  than  six  hours  following  the  contract stipulated  time,  the  Recipient  shall  be  entitled  to proportionate  reduction  of  charter  rates  during  the ongoing delays by commenced day. The  same applies  for the necessary repairs, regardless of the Service Provider's fault. The Recipient can terminate the contract with a full refund of  payments  if  the  agreed  handover  period  exceeds  24 hours, this period being extended to 48 hours in cases of charters  of  at  least  10  days.  The  Service  Provider  has  a right to offer and make available an acceptable, objectively equally  worth  replacement  vessel  that  shall  meet  the needs of the Recipient. If it becomes clear that the charter vessel shall not be available within the specified  time and shall not be handed over, the Recipient shall be entitled to withdraw  from  the  contract  even  before  the commencement of the charter.

b)  In case of discrepancies (defects) detected on the vessel, its equipment or inventory in comparison with the contract stipulated ones, the Recipient shall be entitled to a fair price reduction of the charter. The Recipient shall be entitled to contract termination only if the vessel's ability of navigation by application of conventional navigation methods is reduced or objectively hindered due to which there is a considerable threat to the security of the vessel and its crew.

c) Should the Service Provider not be responsible  for the disorders  in  the  contract  implementation,  the  Recipient shall  not  be  entitled  to  claim  any  refund  of  additional expenses,  nor  of  consequential  costs  (additional  travel  / accommodation).  Should  the  Service  Provider  realize possible rights to compensation from a third party  in such cases, he hereby agrees to cede them to the Recipient. The Service  Provider  shall  notify  the  Recipient  of  such events and  possible  consequences  thereof  in  an  appropriate manner and without delay.

2) Cancellation terms

a)   Should the Recipient terminate the charter contract, contractual cancellation costs shall occur. Should the Recipient fail to implement the charter contract, he shall promptly notify the Provider thereof in writing or by fax, with the date of the Service Provider's notification receipt being taken into account. The Recipient can find a substitute Recipient to take over the charter contract only after receiving a written consent and approval of the  Service Provider. Should such a replacement charter be realized successfully and under the same conditions, the Recipient shall be entitled to a reimbursement of the realized payments minus the processing fee in the amount of € 150.00. Any possible differences in price shall be borne by the Recipient plus the costs. In case of untimely costs settlement the Service Provider is entitled to terminate the contract and retain the right to further claims to damages occurring due to failure to implement the contract. In other cases, the Service Provider shall be entitled to the contract charter price. Should the Recipient fail to find a substitute Recipient to
implement the contract, i.e. utilize the contracted accommodation on board the chartered vessel; the Agent representing the Recipient shall be entitled to find another person who shall be willing to use the contracted accommodation, but only after receiving a written consent
by the Service Provider. Should the Recipient and the Agent fail to find a person willing to utilize the contracted accommodation on board
the chartered vessel, the Service Provider shall be entitled to:

- € 150.00 processing fee due to contract cancellation

- 25%  of  the  amount  paid  for  cancellation  received  120 days prior to charter commencement date

- 50% of the amount paid for cancellation received 60 days prior to charter commencement date

- 100%  of  the  amount  paid  for  cancellation  received 30 days prior to charter commencement date

b) In case that Recipient fails to provide full payment of the charter price in contracted time, the Service Provider reserves the right to charter the boat to a third party and to make no refund of the total amount received from the Recipient.

3) Service Provider's rights

Should the chartered vessel not be returned no later than two hours following the contracted handover deadline, the Service  Provider  shall  be  entitled  to  require  continuation of payment of the charter price in the proportionate share per each commenced delay day and the related costs.The Recipient  shall  ensure  that  the  vessel  is  returned  as stipulated by the charter contract. The Recipient shall take into  account  all  the  local  weather  conditions  and  the situation  regarding  the  wind,  shall  plan  his  navigation including  weather  conditioned  difficulties  and  keep the vessel at a sufficient distance from the handover location. In  case  of  inadequate  handling  or  acting  on  his  own,  the Service  Provider  shall  be  entitled  to  claim  damages.  This provision shall not apply in case of poor weather and sea conditions (sudden worsening) endanger the safety of the vessel's  handover.  Should  the  Recipient  leave  the chartered  vessel  in  a  location  different  from  the contracted  one,  he  shall  bear  the  costs  of  returning  the vessel to the contracted handover location should he bear the  guilt  for  such  actions.  The  Service  Provider  shall  be immediately  notified  of  such  actions  and  the  Recipient shall  have  the  right  to  try  to  prove  that  no  damages occurred due to his actions or that the damages are slight.



IV. Vessel handover



The  Recipient  shall  take  over  the  vessel  at  his  own risk. The Service Provider or his authorized representative shall hand the chartered vessel over to the Recipient ready for departure  and  in  good  condition,  cleaned  inside  and outside, with a connected gas bottle (+ a spare bottle) and with  a  full  tank  of  fuel.  The  condition  of  the  vessel,  all technical  functions  (especially  sails,  lights  and  engine), completeness  of  the  equipment  and  inventory  shall  be thoroughly  checked  and  explained  with  reference  to  the equipment list and the check list by both parties during the handover  process.  The  Service  Provider  guarantees  that the  vessel  and  the  equipment  meet  the  requirements stipulated  by  laws  and  regulations  applicable  to  the contracted navigation area. The sailing ability andcorrect navigation equipment shall be confirmed in the check list by  both  contractual  parties.  No  complaints  shall  be effectively  raised  following  that  act.  This  provision  shall not apply if and when possible hidden defects existed prior to the check list signing, even if the Service Provider bears no fault for such defects. The Recipient shall be entitled to refuse to take over the vessel only in case the sailing ability is  significantly  reduced,  not  in  cases  of  only  minor discrepancies or defects. Pursuant to Article X hereof the Service Provider shall be required to present the evidence of insurance against third party liability.



V. Recipient's duties



The Recipient shall have the following duties towards the Service Provider:

1.  Appoint  all  crew  members  at  least  two  weeks  prior  to the charter commencement date (compiling the Crew list)

2. Return the vessel to the appointed handover location at least 2 hours before the expiration of the contractin order  to successfully perform the check-out procedure.

3. Not extend the contracted charter duration voluntarily without obtaining consent by the Service Provider.

4. Keep the chartered vessel at a sufficient distance from the appointed handover location within the last 24  hours prior to the termination of the charter so that, incase of unfavorable  circumstances  (poor  weather  conditions, impossibility  for  departure  from  the  port  or  mooring  due to  strong  winds,  etc.),  a  timely  return  is  guaranteed. Weather conditions shall not affect the obligation of timely return  of  the  vessel,  unless  in  cases  of  force  majeure.  In case the delay of the timely return of the vessel is evident, the Service Provider shall be immediately notified thereof.

5.  Notify  the  Service  Provider  without  delay  should the voyage  be  terminated  in  a  port  different  from  the appointed  handover  port.  In  this  case  the  Recipient shall be  required  to  take  care  of  the  vessel  or  appoint  a sufficiently  qualified  crew  member  to  perform  the  task until  the  Service  Provider  takes  over  the  vessel.  The charter  ends  following  the  vessel  handover  and  the Recipient shall bear the costs incurred.

6.  The  chartered  vessel  and  equipment  shall  be  handled carefully  and  according  to  the  rules  and  customs  of navigation.

7.  Prior  to  navigation  the  Recipient  shall  be  acquainted with the technical and all other vessel devices, follow the instructions  for  use  present  on  board  and  inform  himself extensively  of  the  specifics  of  navigation  area  (electricity, variability of water level in strong wind, down winds, etc.).

8. Perform shift control and maintenance, especially daily oil level and engine cooling water check, daily bilge water control and, if necessary, discharge the latter.

9.  Report  any  touching  of  the  sea  bottom  to  the  Service Provider  and,  in  the  case  of  suspected  damage  to  the vessel, immediately sail to the nearest port, ordera diver inspection  and,  following  consultations  with  the  Service Provider and at his instruction order possible crane lifting or slipway pulling to the mainland.

10.  Pay  attention  to  special  conditions  of  wind  and weather; proceed with caution at night sailing.

11. In case the chartered vessel is a sailboat, depart from and enter into ports only propelled by the engine and sail with the engine only if and as needed (not if the slope is 10 degrees or more).

12. Board the vessel only in suitable, clean boat shoes that do not color leak.

13.  Offer  tow  aid  to  third  parties  only  in  emergency situations, tow vessels only in cases of legitimateneed, use own  ropes/cords,  bind  only  to   cleats,  windlass  or  mast base,  not  enter  into  any  towing  and  rescue  agreements unless  the  person  offering  aid  refuses  to  provide assistance.

14.  Comply  with  the  legal  provisions  of  stay  and  transit countries  or  host  countries;  make  prior  acquirements about any required licenses or sailing permits.

15.  Conduct  formalities  regarding  entry  and  exit  in an orderly manner and settle port taxes properly.

16. Notify the nearest Police Administration, as well as the Service  Provider,  of  possible  theft  of  the  vessel  or  its equipment.

17.  Not  cede  or  sublet  the  chartered  vessel  to  third parties.

18.  Not  board  more  persons  than  it  is  allowed  or contracted  and  not  board  animals  unless  specifically agreed upon with the Service Provider.

19. Not make any changes to the vessel and equipment.

20.  The  following  is  strictly  prohibited  unless  a  written consent by the Service Provider is obtained:

a)  load  and  transport  undeclared  dutiable  goods  or hazardous  substances, 

b)  to  participate  in  regattas, 

c) leave protected ports at upcoming wind speeds 7Bft,

d) to use  the  vessel  for  the  purpose  of  training,  feed transportation and the like.

21.  In  cases  of  unsafe/unusual  sailing  conditions  the Service Provider shall be entitled to restrict the  navigation area  or  issue  a  ban  on  night  navigation.  The  Croatian territorial waters can only be left with the express consent by the Service Provider. The Recipient or the vessel skipper and crew are responsible for the handling of the vessel to the  Service  Provider,  i.e.  the  insurer  and  shall  be held liable  for  damages  resulting  from  failure  to  comply with the  set  rules  of  conduct.  Crew  members  are  considered assistants  in  the  execution  of  the  Recipient's /vessel skipper's order under this Contract.


 

VI. Return of the vessel



The  Recipient  shall  submit  the  chartered  vessel  to  the Service Provider or to his authorized representative in the state  ready  for  sail,  in  the  condition  determined  by  the check  list,  cleaned  inside  and  out,  with  a  connected  gas bottle (+ spare bottle) and with a full fuel tank. The Service Provider  shall  be  entitled  to  compensation  for consumables (e.g. fuel) not supplemented by the Recipient at  the  Recipient's  cost,  determine  lump-sum  costs  and have  the  vessel  cleaned  at  the  Recipient's  expense  if  so  agreed.  Cleaning  can  be  arranged  in  advance  for  a surcharge. The  Recipient  shall  bring  the  vessel  to  the  appointed mooring place in a timely manner (at least 1-2 hours prior to handover time) in order to enable a detailed check-out and cleaning. Both contracting parties shall jointly inspect the  condition  of  the  vessel  and  the  completeness  of the equipment. In the case of suspected damage to the vessel the  Recipient  shall  be  required  to  notify  the  Service Provider  of  the  fact  and  report  the  lost,  damaged  or defective  equipment  items  immediately  on  return.  The Recipient  and  the  Service  Provider  shall  compile  a  list  of  deficiencies  and  lost  items  and  thereafter,  aided  by  the compiled  list,  draft  a  log  which  shall  become  binding following  its  signing  by  both  contracting  parties.  Should the  Service  Provider  refuse  to  compile  the  handover log, the  vessel  shall  be  considered  as  returned  without  flaws. Following  that  moment  no  additional  claims  shall  be possible,  this  shall  not  be  applicable  should  there be  any hidden flaws present on the vessel at handover familiar to the  Recipient  and  resulting  from  his  voluntary  or  grossly negligent  conduct.  The  Service  Provider  shall  not  be entitled  to  keep  the  safety  deposit  for  subsequently determined  damages.  The  type,  scope  and  amount  of damages whose elimination can or should be done only at a  later  time  and  possibly  after  further  use  of  the  vessel must  be  accurately  documented  and  shall  be  binding  to both contracting parties.



VII. Damages on the chartered vessel, consequential damages, obligations regarding behavior, liabilities



The Recipient shall immediately notify the Service Provider of  any  possible  damages,  collisions,  breakdowns,  inability to maneuver, engine disturbances, vessel seizure orother events.  The  Recipient  and  the  Service  Provider  shall maintain  open  communication  channels  at  any  time.  The Recipient  shall  be  entitled  to  have  all  damages  resulting from  normal  wear  or  material  fatigue  removed  without prior  consultation  with  the  Service  Provider  in  case  the costs  do  not  exceed  €  70.00  and  shall  be  entitled  to reimbursement from the Service Provider for the amount spent  following  the  presentation  of  invoices  for  repair works  or  material  used.  In  case  the  costs  exceed  this amount, the Recipient shall, except in cases of emergency or danger due to repairs delay, notify the Service  Provider of  the  damages  and  agree  upon  the  repair  works,  have them performed, documented and monitored, and shall, if necessary,  financially  settle  them  instead  of  the  Service Provider. Replaced parts must be preserved. The Recipient shall  take  all  the  necessary  steps  to  reduce  the  damage costs  and  its  consequences.  If  a  damage  cannot  be removed on the spot, the Recipient may be requestedby the  Service  Provider  to  return  the  vessel  early  (no later than  24  hours  prior  to  handover)  if  such  action  is applicable under the circumstances and can objectively be expected  from  the  Recipient.  If  the  Service  Provider  is responsible  for  the  damages,  the  charter  costs  shall  be reimbursed to the  Recipient  per each commenced day  of not  utilizing  the  chartered  vessel  in  proportion  to the number of days. If the Service Provider is not responsible for  the  defect,  the  Recipient  shall  not  be  entitled to  any claims.  The  Recipient  shall  bear  the  costs  of  defects  or damage removal and repair on the vessel or its equipment resulting  from  his  own,  skipper's  or  crew's  negligent behavior  to  the  sum  of  the  deposit  paid.  Damages exceeding  the  amount  covered  by  the  deposit  shall  be covered  by  the  Service  Provider  and  his  insurance company, except when the skipper and / or the crew  act intentionally  or  with  gross  negligence  in  violation of  the stipulations of the charter contract, and which aredirectly related  to  the  adverse  event.  This  shall  not  apply  to damages  caused  by  wear  and  tear  (e.g.  cracked  stitching on  the  sails)  and  to  damages  occurring  without  the skipper's or crew's fault.



VIII. Remaining Recipient's liabilities



The Recipient shall be responsible for all damages  to third parties and the vessel, its equipment or devices caused by him or his crew. The Recipient shall also be responsible for the  damages  related  to  incorrect  handling  or  faulty maintenance (if and when it is the task of the Recipient) of the  equipment  and  the  devices  that  are  on  board  and in the  amount  of  the  deposit  paid.  Casco  insurer  shall be entitled  to  seek  reimbursement  to  cover  the  costs  of incurred  damages  if  it  is  possible  to  prove  that  the Recipient  intentionally  damaged  the  vessel  or  acted in gross  negligence.  If  liable,  the  Recipient  shall  be held responsible  for  all  consequential  damages  and  damages caused by the inability to reuse the vessel due to  the loss of profit, during seizure by the state for violating its laws. When  the  Service  Provider  makes  a  professional  skipper available, the skipper shall be held liable for thehandling of  the  vessel  and  shall  be  held  liable  for  the  damages caused  by  himself,  but  not  for  those  damages  caused by the  guests  onboard  (himself  included).  Intentional damages  or  damages  resulting  from  gross  negligence  by the Recipient or his crew, for which the Service Provider is held accountable by third parties while he himself bears no complicity, the Recipient shall free the Service Provider of all private and criminal consequences, of all costsand legal persecution  at  home  and  abroad.  In  cases  of  multiple Recipients, all the Recipients shall have joint  liability. The Recipient  shall  have  full  liability  for  the  damages causally related to false allegations regarding sailing qualifications.



IX. Service Provider’s liability



The  Service  Provider  shall  be  held  liable  for  loss   or  damages  to  the  Recipient’s  or  crew’s  property  or   in  accidents occurring under the Charter Contract onlyif he himself  is  charged  with  intent  or  negligence,  but  not resulting from measures taken by state authorities,natural disasters, etc. the Service Provider shall be held  liable for the  claims  caused  by  inaccuracies,  changes  or  errors  on nautical equipment placed at the Recipient’s disposal, such as marine charts, handbooks, compass, etc. and onlyif the Recipient  or  a  responsible  skipper  was  not  explicitly warned of this possibility and the Recipient’s obligation to participate  actively  in  inspection  process  at  handover. Nothing can rule out the claims for damages arising from liability for damages occurring to violation of life, body or health  due  to  intent  or  negligence  on  the  part  of  the Service  Provider,  as  well  as  for  other  damages  caused  by the Service Provider’s intent or gross negligence.



X. Rented vessel insurance



The  vessel  possesses  full  Casco  insurance  for  property damage  to  the  vessel  and  items  of  equipment,  liability insurance towards third parties without the franchise, for damages  to  persons  and  material  damage  up  to  the amount  of  collateral  in  accordance  with  the  vessel insurance  policy.  Damages  to  persons  occurring  due  to accidents on the vessel, damage to objects taken onboard by  the  skipper  and  his  crew,  as  well  as  damages  caused intentionally  or  resulting  from  gross  negligence  are  not covered  by  this  insurance  and  shall  be  covered  by  the Recipient  himself  if  liable  for  the  damages,  and  not  the Service  Provider.  The  existence  of  the  Casco  vessel insurance  does  not  exclude  the  responsibility  of  the Recipient  towards  the  Service  Provider  for  the  damages caused. Should the Recipient cause damages intentionally or  should  they  result  from  his  gross  negligence  or  his failure  to  comply  with  the  provisions  of  the  charter contract  (e.g.  exceeding  the  agreed  navigation  area),  the insurer shall hold the right to issue reimbursementclaims against  him.  Vessel  chartering  is  done  according  to legal regulations  in  force  for  the  area  of  charter  sailing.  The Service  Provider  shall  determine  the  amount  of  security deposit  for  each  individual  vessel  in  accordance  with  the Service Provider's valid price list.



XI. Security deposit (regulations, particularities)



The Recipient shall leave the security deposit at the base  at  check-in  in  pursuance  to  Article  X.  hereof  unless otherwise agreed. The adverse event the Recipient shall be held  liable  to  the  maximum  amount  of  security  deposit only for property damage to the vessel and its equipment, for lost or plundered equipment and inventory, for  which he  himself  or  his  crew  were  responsible,  exception  being value  reductions  due  to  wear  and  tear.  The  security deposit is realized in cash or by credit card at check-in and is refundable immediately on charter expiration when the vessel is handed over without damages. If possible  repairs can or should be done only at a later time, and if  the cost estimate  for  the  damages  indicate  costs  lower  than  the deposited amount, the undisputed portion of the deposit shall be immediately reimbursed.



XII. Check-in and check-out procedure



At handover the Recipient shall fill in the check-in list that the Service Provider delivers to the vessel.

The Recipient shall:

- Submit  all  the  necessary  permits  required  for  the handling of the chartered vessel to the Service Provider

- Check the entire vessel inventory present on the check-in list

- Check  the  functionality  of  all  equipment  on  board (particularly relating to the safety of the equipment)

- Report all the flaws and defects noticed at handover to the Service Provider and note them in the check-in list

- Fill in the check-in list and verify it with his signature

- Arrive  for  check-out  at  least  2  hours  prior  the  charter expiration time in the Service Provider's base

- In  the  event  of  damages  caused  by  the  Recipient  notify the  Service  Provider  thereof  and  compile  a  written  note detailing the damage

- In  case  of  defects  on  the  vessel  caused  by  the  Service Provider's fault (due to malfunctioning of certain  parts of the vessel, failure of equipment , etc.) :

a) Notify the Service Provider of any defects at check-out in the base

b) Notify the Service Provider's authorized representative of any defects (take the representative physically on board and point to the defects) at check-out in the base

c) In  the  case  of  defects  on  the  vessel  or  its  equipment occurring during the charter, the Recipient shall notify the Service  Provider  (contact  him  on  the  telephone  number listed  on  the  check-in  and –out  list  for  emergency situations  and  possible  repairs)  at  least  4  hours  after detecting the malfunction of the vessel or its equipment

d) Having  completed  all  the  steps  listed  herein,  the Recipient shall report all defects in written form,i.e. enter them  into  the  check-out  list  and  verify  them  with  his signature.

The Service Provider shall inform the Recipient in  detail of the vessel's inventory, additional equipment, as well as of the  use  of  the  vessel  and  its  equipment  at  check-in. Particular  attention  shall  be  paid  to  the  vessel  operation and security issues. In case of the Recipient's complaints regarding defects on the  vessel  resulting  from  the  Service  Provider's  faulty behavior  (malfunctioning  of  certain  vessel  parts, equipment  failure,  etc.),  the  Service  Provider  shall  be acquainted with the allegations in detail, inspect the vessel physically and check the indicated defects, followed by his signature  on  the  check-out  list  containing  detailed information  regarding  the  deficiencies  according  to the Recipient's allegations. Should  the  Recipient  fail  to  comply  with  the  specified check-out  procedure,  relating  to  vessel  defects  and malfunction, the Service Provider shall not be heldliable to reimburse the Recipient in any way. In exceptional cases, the Service Provider may examine the received complaints issued by the Recipient but notafter the 21 days' period following the charter end date. The Service Provider shall respond to all complaints within no more than 21 days.



XIII. Remaining agreements, general provisions, remarks



1) Rates, variations, modifications

In questionable situations and in cases of ambiguity the price shall be settled pursuant to the current valid Service Provider's Price List. In the event of increase or decrease of taxes, fees or charges that are legally incorporated in the charter price, and over which the contracting parties have no influence, the Service Provider and the Recipient state to agree with the corresponding contract harmonization.

2) Charter contracts deviating / other contracts to be signed on the spot.

All contracts between the Service Provider and the Recipient can be drafted in the language of the host country or in English.

3) Legal inclusion / responsibility of the involvedparties (agent / provider / organizer):

If the charter contract is concluded with an Agent's mediation, the Agent shall assume the role of an intermediary between the Service Provider and the Recipient. Agent's accountability arises solely within the tasks and responsibilities of an intermediary from the contractual relationship existing with the Recipient. The intermediary in this contract, as well as in any possible future revisions hereof and in any unilateral statements issued by the Recipient towards the Service shall act as a proxy on behalf of and for the account of the respective Service Provider and is authorized to collect payables.


 

XIV. Final stipulations



With  the  intermediary's  consent,  the  Recipient  and  the Service  Provider  hereby  mutually  declare  that  no  further contracts signed by the Recipient and the Service Provider shall  have  any  legal  effect  for  and  against  the intermediary,  regarding  his  responsibilities  in  relation  to the specific use of the chartered vessel. Verbal promises or additional  shall  be  valid  for  both  contracting  parties  only after written confirmation thereof. If any provision hereof proves to be null, void or unenforceable, it shall not affect the validity of the remainder hereof.





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