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Shipping Term of The Day: AAAA

The shipping term AAAA ( Always Accessible Always Afloat) used in charter parties and indicates the charterer should always utilize the vessel at terminals or ports where the vessel can arrive and depart from the port and perform cargo operation regardless of port congestion, tidal variation. (Always Accessible) this shipping term affects detention clause of charter party.(i.e. the owner of the vessel can trigger the detention clause if the port is not always accessible). Also the charterer should guarantee that the port’s anchorage, channel, and berth has sufficient depth of water which the vessel is always afloat when arrives, berths and sail from the port(Always Afloat).

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