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Nautical mile. This is the unit of distance used at sea. It is the length of one minute of latitude and this varies from the equator to the poles. For convenience a standard nautical mile is assumed to be 1,852 metres or 6,080 feet, which is the true length of a nautical mile in about latitude 52 degrees.


Notices. During a voyage charter various notices may be required to be given by the shipowner (or the master, on his behalf) to the charterer.

Not before. If the charterparty stipulates that", . . . time for loading not to commence before 0800 hours on . . ." (the "laycan clause") but the vessel is ready to load earlier, the charterer is not bound to use the ship before the laydays commencement date.

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