Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is a port or place?
  • The port or place of destination is defined in 33 CFR 160.202 as "any port or place where a vessel is bound to anchor or will be moored." A list of ports to choose from is available on the forms once the state or territory is selected.

  • What is a charterer?
  • Definitions from 33 CFR 160.202:

    Charterer means the person or organization that contract for the majority of the carrying capacity of a ship for the transportation of cargo to a stated port for a specified period. This includes “time charterers” and “voyage charterers”.

    Time charterer means the party who hires a vessel for a specific amount of time.

    Voyage charterer means the party who hires a vessel for a single voyage.

    A bareboat charterer  means the party who has made an arrangement for the hiring of a vessel whereby no administration or technical maintenance is included as part of the agreement. The charterer pays for all operating expenses, including fuel, crew, port expenses and hull insurance. Usually, the charter period (normally years) ends with the charterer obtaining title (ownership) in the hull. Effectively, the owners finance the purchase of the vessel.

    A demise charterer means the party has shifted control and possession of the vessel; the charterer takes full control of the vessel along with the legal and financial responsibility for it.

  • What is a Supernumerary?
  • A Supernumerary is a person in addition to the regular complement of crew, but having no shipboard responsibilities.

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