The Inter-Club Agreement (ICA) was formulated in in order to promote amicable and equitable settlements for cargo claims under the. The Inter-Club Agreement (ICA) first came into force on 20 February It was revised in , in. and again in See 24 August , Standard. CIRCULAR REF: / CIRCULATED TO ALL MEMBERS, BROKERS AND DIRECTORS. The Inter-Club New York Produce Exchange Agreement, which.

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Some of these amendments may introduce changes to the manner in which liability for cargo claims is apportioned between owners and charterers. Interest The ICA expressly allows the apportionment of interest “claimed” by the original cargo claimant. This was implied in the form.

Any form of document authorised under the charterparty or which would have been authorised under the charterparty except for the inclusion of through or combined multimodal transport provisions, incorporating the Hamburg Rules or any national law giving effect thereto, where these Rules are compulsorily applicable by operation of law to the contract of carriage.

Claims in fact arising out of error or fault in navigation or management of the vessel, are to be apportioned per cent to owners. As will be seen, it has also been necessary to intercclub a number of additional consequential but not substantive amendments to the Agreement. This Agreement replaces the Inter-Club Agreement in respect of all charterparties specified in Clause 1 hereof and shall continue in force until varied or terminated.

Inter-Club Agreement – Comparison Between and F – GARD

Accordingly, the above-mentioned items would be considered as set out in Table II. He advises on “dry” shipping disputes such as charterparty and bill of lading disputes and is also experienced in “wet” shipping issues.

In particular, the time bar in the Agreement contained in Intercub 6, which will be discussed in detail later should prevail over any contractual or statutory time bar. The version continues to include “costs” in the apportionment, and clarifies that “costs” means the following: In fact the change is more subtle than mere semantics.

Inter-Club Agreement – Comparison Between 1984 and 1996 Forms

Otherwise, we’ll assume you’re OK to continue. This Ship Finder is updated on a daily basis. However, these words are superfluous because the Agreement is between the Clubs, who do not have authority to bind their Members to it, so the Agreement is not binding on the Members in any event. If the contractual carrier pays the claim in any event, the claim will not have been properly settled and therefore no recovery can be made under the ICA.


However, the reference to ex-gratia payments has been dropped since it was considered that the words were superfluous. Any variation to be effective must be approved in writing by all the Clubs but it is open to any Club to withdraw from the Agreement on giving to all the other Clubs not less than three months’ written notice thereof, such withdrawal to take effect at the expiration of that period.

However, the Agreement will also apply where the claim is made under a document other than a bill of lading. You can change your cookie settings at any time. For the last 12 years the version ICA has been in operation. Instead, an alternative apportionment formula is to be applied.

Since the ICA extends to claims arising under through or combined transport bills of lading, a question arises as to how “stowage” should be interpreted in respect of containerised cargo: That claim was settled and the owners then brought a recourse action against charterers under the terms of the time charterparty.

The ICA, since its inception, has been amended on two occasions. Members who need to advise the Club of updates to their recorded ships’ details should advise their usual underwriting contact.

The full text of the Agreement is printed on pages 17 and If you need to call our offices out of hours and at weekends, click After Office hours for a up to date list of the names of the Duty Executives and their mobile phone numbers.

As with the proviso in Clause 8 ait is considered that the new words merely state expressly what was onterclub in the Agreement. This article is filed under: As explained above, by virtue of Clause 4 a iiithe ICA only applies where charterers can show the loss, damage, shortage, overcarriage or delay occurred after commencement of the loading of the cargo onto the chartered vessel and prior to completion of discharge from that vessel.

Scope of application 1 This Agreement applies to any charterparty which is entered into after the date hereof on the New York Produce Exchange Form or or Asbatime Form or any subsequent amendment of such forms.

Accordingly, application of the two forms of the Agreement to claims brought underdifferent types of documents will be as shown in Table Jnterclub. The apparent more generous time bar for Hamburg Rules cases is necessary due to the fact that under the Hamburg Rules there is a two year limitation period 14 compared to the one year under the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules.


As stated above this was 1st September The rationale behind this is that many charterparties incorporate the Hague or Hague-Visby Rules thus giving owners a complete defence to agreemeng of this kind. It would seem that the phrase intecrlub stowage of the container on board the chartered vessel.

As a result, the new form says clearly that the addition of the words “and responsibility” in Clause 8 is not a material amendment even though the inclusion of such words will affect the manner in which liability is apportioned – see comments to “Apportionments” belowbut that the addition of the agrrement “cargo claims” to Clause 26 renders the Agreement inoperative even if it is expressly incorporated into the charterparty.

This provision although worded differently gives the same effect as its counterpart in the Agreement. However, this is now subject to the express proviso that where owners can prove that the unseaworthiness was caused by the argeement, stowage etc. However, this is subject to the proviso that where charterers can prove that the failure to properly load, stow or handle etc.

From time to time the Agreement has been amended in order to keep it in line with legal developments. Accordingly, claims settled under through or multimodal bills of lading will be outside the scope of the version of the Agreement, unless expressly allowed under the charterparty.

Mr Justice Teare noted that the meaning of clause 8 d must depend on its agreemebt and it must be construed having regard to the interclbu of the ICA as a whole. Inter-Club Agreement as amended 1 September As can be seen, despite the absence of any express reference to condensation claims, it is believed that these claims will continue to be treated in the same way as before.

Accordingly in the absence of payment, no accrued cause of action iinterclub and there is therefore no right, prior to payment, for the party sued in respect of a Cargo Claim to require that the other party to the charterparty, provide security which could be sought, by, for example, arresting or threatening to agreeement a vessel or other property. Bills of Lading authorised under the charterparty and incorporating the Hague or Hague-Visby Rules or containing terms no less favourable.

The dispute concerned a vessel that was fixed on a time charter trip basis to carry soya bean meal from South America to Iran.