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Standard Sales Terms & Conditions

Sinwa (Singapore) Pte Ltd

DEFINITIONS
“Vendor” shall mean Sinwa Singapore Pte Ltd or any of her related branches contracted to supply Goods or Services, unless separate Terms and Conditions exist for the contracted branch;
“Purchaser” shall mean the person placing an order in respect of Goods or Services and where such person acts as agent of or otherwise for a third party (“the Principal”), such person and the Principal and the Vessel to which Goods or Services are provided shall jointly and severally be the Purchaser;
“Goods” shall mean any and all items ordered by the Purchaser and/or supplied by the Vendor for use on board a Vessel or an offshore oil rig or similar, or incidental to the operation of the aforesaid;
“Services” shall mean any and all services ordered by the Purchaser and/or supplied by the Vendor to a Vessel or an offshore oil rig or similar, or incidental to the operation of the aforesaid;
“Vessel” shall mean the vessel or vessels to which Goods or Services are supplied or intended to be supplied by the Vendor. The Purchaser will declare the name of the Vessel to the Vendor;
“Contract” shall mean any agreement between a Vendor and a Purchaser pursuant to which Goods or Services are supplied or are intended to be supplied;
“SDR” shall mean Special Drawing Rights as established by the International Monetary Fund.
GENERAL
1. Unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing the following conditions shall apply to all contracts, orders and deliveries. Any conflicting purchasing conditions (or similar) of the Purchaser shall be deemed to have been rejected by the Vendor unless expressly accepted in writing.
ORDERS AND DELIVERIES
2.1 The Purchaser shall communicate as soon as reasonably practicable to the Vendor his order or orders.
2.2 Provided the prevailing circumstances reasonably permit, the Vendor shall supply and deliver to the Purchaser the Goods or Services as ordered at the time and place stipulated by the Purchaser insofar as the Vendor has agreed to do so and such Goods or Services are available at the agreed port or port-area.
3.1 The Vendor’s responsibility for transport of the Goods shall end at the nearest point to the Vessel that the delivery vehicle(s) may, with the necessary authority, reach (“the Point of Delivery”). The cost of transportation of Goods to the Point of Delivery shall be agreed in advance or otherwise charged at cost to the Vendor.
3.2 Should the Vendor expressly agree to transport/handle the Goods beyond the Point of Delivery as defined in paragraph 3a the costs of such additional delivery/handling shall be agreed in advance.
3.3 If delivery is requested outside the normal hours of the agreed port or port-area or on Saturdays, Sundays or religious or national or legal holidays, expenses incidental to such delivery shall be payable by the Purchaser as additional costs. Transport Costs shall be invoiced and payable by the Purchaser.
3.4 The Goods shall be deemed delivered on the arrival of the Goods at the stipulated time at the Point of Delivery. The responsibility, cost and risk of unloading the delivery vehicle(s) and delivering on board are for account of the Purchaser. Risk in the Goods (but not property therein) shall, in all respects, pass to the Purchaser upon delivery.
3.5 The Purchaser shall pay to the Vendor any costs or expenses incidental to any waiting period beyond a reasonable time.
3.6 All orders and receipt notes will be signed by the Captain or his authorised representative.
3.7 Where the Vendor is requested to deliver Goods other than to the Vessel responsibility rests with the Purchaser to ensure that the person responsible for accepting delivery gives a full and proper receipt for the Goods delivered. Signed receipt by that party shall constitute acceptance of delivery by and to the Purchaser.
PRICES
4.1 Subject to the following provisions of this Condition 4, in respect of the Goods or Services supplied by the Vendor, the Vendor shall charge to the Purchaser the prices current at the relative port or port-area at the time of delivery.
4.2 Where requested to do so the Vendor shall submit a quotation to the Purchaser. Where the Purchaser accepts that quotation, the Vendor shall charge the Purchaser the sum quoted, subject to any necessary adjustment for reasonable variations in the quantities actually delivered.
4.3 Where the Purchaser seeks to place an order for only some of the items for which Vendor has quoted, the Vendor shall be at liberty to decline the request to supply.
4.4 The Vendor may, if requested by the Purchaser, send to the Purchaser a list stating the prices of Goods and the period for which such prices are to apply. If such a list has expired and not been renewed, Condition 3a shall apply. Goods which cannot be offered at a price fixed in advance shall be clearly so marked on any such list and in this case Condition 4a shall apply.
4.5 Where the Vendor gives the benefit of a quantified discount (whether in percentage terms, in a stated sum or otherwise) then the Purchaser’s entitlement to such discount is strictly conditional upon payment of the Vendor’s invoice within the agreed payment period. Where payment is not made within the agreed period the Vendors invoices shall be deemed to be adjusted to exclude any such discount.
QUALITY AND PACKAGING
5. The Goods shall be of contracted quality as rated at the time and place of delivery. The Goods shall be supplied in the packing customary at the time and place of delivery. At the time of placing his order, the Purchaser shall inform the Vendor of any special packing requirements in view of the destination of the ship and/or Goods. Any additional expenditure incurred in complying with such requirements shall be chargeable to and payable by the Purchaser.
6.1 Returnable packing material and containers supplied by the Vendor shall be clearly marked as such on the receipt-note and shall be returned by the Purchaser to the Vendor as soon as reasonably practicable.
6.2 Returnable packing material and containers shall be charged separately at the prices current at the time and place of delivery. The amounts so charged shall be refunded by the Vendor to the Purchaser, provided such packing material and containers are returned undamaged within a reasonable period.
CLAIMS AND LIABILITY
7. Subject only to Condition 8 below, by taking delivery of the Goods and signing the accompanying receipt-note, the Purchaser shall be deemed to have approved and accepted the Goods in every respect. Signing the receipt-note with “Subject to check after sailing” shall not constitute an exception of this clause.
8. Any claims with regard to the conformity or quality of the delivered Goods must be notified in writing to the Vendor within three (3) days from delivery and in the absence of such notification the Purchaser shall be deemed to have approved and accepted the Goods in every respect. Exception is made in the case of fresh products and perishable Goods, for which claims must be notified in writing at the time of delivery or as soon as practicable thereafter. Where a claim is made in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph and where such claim is accepted by the Vendor the Purchaser shall be entitled to a refund of the price of the affected Goods upon inspection of said goods by the Vendor or as otherwise agreed in writing by the Parties.
9. In the event of a claim pursuant to paragraph 8, the Purchaser shall be required to prove that, since delivery, the Goods were continuously handled, treated and stored by the Purchaser as a prudent administrator in keeping with the nature of the Goods and their propensity to deteriorate and that any alleged deficiency is not attributable to the Purchaser’s fault or negligence. The Purchaser shall be required to make the Goods under claim available for inspection.
10. Save for claims for death or personal injury any damages/compensation shall be strictly limited to a refund of the price paid to or charged by the Vendor for the affected Goods or Services. The Vendor shall not under any circumstances whatsoever including the Vendor’s negligence be liable for any claim for consequential loss, damage or injury arising out of the supply, or late supply or failure to supply, of any Goods or Services. The Vendor shall not be liable for the financial consequences arising from any delay to the Vessel or any period that the Vessel may be off-hire or otherwise unable to earn.
11. Any complaint by the Purchaser with regard to the Vendor’s invoice will be absolutely barred unless lodged in writing by the Purchaser with the Vendor at the Vendor’s usual business address within 8 days of delivery of the invoice.
PAYMENT
12.1 The Purchaser shall pay, prior to the Vessel’s departure the invoiced amount or amounts in the currency stipulated, or by the express agreement of the Vendor at a later stipulated date.
12.2 Notwithstanding paragraphs 7 to 11 herein the Purchaser shall not be entitled to withhold payment of any sums after they have become due in the ordinary course for payment by reason of any claim, right of set-off or counterclaim which the Purchaser may allege or for any reason whatsoever.
12.3 If payment is not made within the stipulated period the Purchaser shall pay the Vendor interest on all overdue or unpaid sums at a rate of 1.5% per month or part thereof, or the equivalent to the commercial prime lending rate customarily charged at the time by the Vendor’s bank in the Vendor’s country, whichever may be the higher. Interest shall be calculated from the due date until actual date of payment.
12.4 Regardless of any allocation stipulated by the Purchaser upon making any payment, the Vendor shall be entitled to apply payments received from the Purchaser in any way that it considers appropriate, including allocation firstly to interest that has accrued in accordance with 12.3 or costs incurred in accordance with 12.5.
12.5 The Vendor shall be entitled to recover from the Purchaser any and all costs and/or expenses which may be incurred by the Vendor in recovering or seeking to recover from the Purchaser any overdue or unpaid sums whether or not formal legal steps (including but not limited to the arrest of a Vessel) have been undertaken. Such costs include both internal costs and costs and expenses incurred to external advisers, lawyers or debt collectors instructed for such purpose. Such costs shall be payable by the Purchaser to the Vendor upon demand on a full indemnity basis and may be included in the claim for which a Vessel is arrested.
12.6 Where the Vendor has granted credit to the Purchaser and the Purchaser is in default in payment of any sums due by the Purchaser the Vendor shall be entitled to give immediate notice of the withdrawal of credit, entitling the Vendor to treat all unpaid charges for Goods and Services provided to the Purchaser as due for immediate payment. Interest shall accrue on such sums from the date of the notice, and the Vendor shall be entitled to take immediate legal action to recover the sums due.
12.7 Notwithstanding delivery and the passing of risk, property in and title to the goods shall remain with the Vendor until the Vendor has received payment of the full price of
(a) all Goods and/or Services the subject of the Contract and
(b) all other Goods and/or Services supplied by the Vendor to the Purchaser under any contract whatsoever.
Payment of the full price shall include, without limitation, the amount of any interest or other sum payable under the terms of this and all other contracts between the seller and the buyer.
HANDLING OF THIRD PARTY GOODS
13.1 The Vendor may agree to handle Purchaser’s own goods (hereafter “Purchaser’s Goods”), including arranging custom’s clearance, inland or international carriage, storage and delivery to a nominated Vessel. In the absence of any contrary terms agreed between the Vendor and Purchaser in relation to such activity this Condition 13 sets-out the terms upon which such Services are provided.
13.2 When the Vendor instructs any third party in connection with the clearance, handling or movement of Purchaser’s Goods it does so strictly as agent for the Purchaser and the Purchaser authorises the Vendor to act as its agent and to contract on the usual terms of those third parties.
13.3 The Purchaser is responsible for fully and accurately declaring, describing and documenting the contents of any package or packages passed to the Vendor for handling, such declaration, description and documentation being appropriate for the place at which the Vendor is required to handle the Purchaser’s Goods.
13.4 All Purchaser’s Goods shall be properly and adequately packaged for the period of transit and storage envisaged. The Vendor shall not be responsible for inspecting said packaging, or taking any remedial steps in relation to deficiencies. The Vendor shall not be responsible for inspecting the condition of the contents of any packages for loss or damage. The Purchaser shall remain at all times responsible for compliance with the ISPS Code as concerns the acceptance of goods on board vessels.
13.5 Where the Purchaser’s Goods require particular handling or care the Vendor shall only be required to provide such handling and care if it has agreed in writing to do so, in advance of the Goods being consigned to them.
13.6 It is envisaged that the Vendors charges shall be agreed in advance of goods being consigned to them. Where no such agreement is in place the Vendor shall be entitled to charge a reasonable sum, consistent with similar work for similar clients.
13.7 The Purchaser shall insure the Purchaser’s Goods for all carriage and storage risks during the period that they are under the custody, care or control of the Vendor on terms that the insurer waives any rights of subrogation or recourse against the Vendor. The Vendor has no obligation or requirement to insure Purchaser’s Goods.
13.8 The Vendor shall not be liable for loss or damage to Purchaser’s Goods otherwise than by its own negligence or default. Any claims in respect of Purchaser’s Goods lost or damaged whilst in the custody of third parties instructed on behalf of the Purchaser by the Vendor shall be made directly to the relevant third party, who details the Vendor shall provide.
13.9 For clarity of clause 13.8 in case the Vendor organizes a supply boat on Vendors expense, and the Purchaser utilizes that supply boat to transfer Goods from third parties to or from the Vessel, the Purchaser indemnifies the Vendor from all liabilities in respect to loss or damage to the Goods, and consequential losses arising from said loss or damage.
13.10 Where the Vendor is liable in respect of Goods lost or damaged then its liability shall be strictly limited to 2 SDRs per kilo of the weight of the Purchaser’s Goods lost or damaged, and such limits shall apply in all cases including loss or damage caused by the Vendor’s breach of contract or negligence. The Vendor shall not be liable for any other losses, claims or damages and for the avoidance of doubt shall not be liable for losses arising from a failure to deliver or a delay in delivery of the Purchaser’s Goods, including losses arising from delay to the vessel, including detention, demurrage or periods off-hire.
13.11 The Vendor shall have a right of general lien over Purchaser’s Goods and any documents related thereto in respect of any sums due from the Purchaser, whether related to the Purchaser’s Goods under lien or any other Contract.
13.12 Where Purchaser’s Goods are
(a) held under lien; or
(b) held for a period of more than 60 days without instructions for their delivery or forwarding
the Purchaser shall be entitled to sell or dispose them, upon 5 days’ notice to the Purchaser of an intention to do so, and may apply the proceeds to any sums due from the Purchaser.
13.13 The Purchaser shall immediately upon written demand from the Vendor fully indemnify the Vendor for all costs, expenses, penalties, fines, taxes, duties or other dues arising from the handling and delivery of Purchaser’s Goods including those arising from the Purchaser’s incorrect or false declaration of the content of any package.
FORCE MAJEURE
14. If the Vendor is unable to make delivery, or to make delivery in good time, owing to force majeure (which shall include all or any circumstances or conditions for which the Vendor cannot be held responsible and as a consequence whereof it is not reasonably possible to make delivery in good time or at all) then the Vendor’s obligation to deliver shall cease or if appropriate be suspended for the duration of such force majeure.
MARITIME LIEN
15. Goods are sold and delivered on the credit of the Vessel supplied, as well as the credit of the Purchaser, and the Purchaser agrees and warrants on behalf of the Vessel and its owner that the Vendor shall have and may assert and maritime lien against the Vessel supplied in accordance with the laws of the Southern District of California, USA.
LAW AND JURISDICTION
16.1 Subject always to clause 16.4 any dispute arising out of or in connection with any Contract subject to these Conditions, including any question regarding its existence, validity or termination, shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration in Singapore. Any such arbitration proceedings shall be before a sole arbitrator who shall be appointed by the claimant, who shall be a shipping lawyer qualified to practice law in Singapore.
16.2 Notwithstanding the commencement of arbitration proceedings the Vendor shall be entitled to commence proceedings in any other jurisdiction or before any court in order to obtain security for its claim, including security for interest due and legal costs to be incurred.
16.3 Notice of arbitration shall be validly served if sent to one or more of the email addresses, fax numbers or physical addresses used or identified by the Party served during the course of their prior business dealings.
16.4 The Vendor shall be entitled at any time prior to the commencement of arbitration proceedings pursuant to clause 16.1 to commence substantive proceedings against the Purchaser, its assets including the Vessel or any sister or associated vessel in the court of any jurisdiction where the Purchaser may be located, domiciled or present or where any assets, including its Vessel or sister or associated vessel may be located. In the event that the Vendor exercises that option then neither Party shall be entitled to commence arbitration proceedings and any disputes must be submitted to the court at which the Vendor has commenced proceedings.
16.5 All contracts entered pursuant to these Conditions shall be subject to the laws of the Southern District of California, USA. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna UNCITRAL Convention on International Trade Law, also known as the Vienna Treaty) is excluded from application.
16.6 The Vendor shall not be held liable for compliance with laws and regulations initiated or enforced by foreign Goverments, Nations, States, Juridictions or Maritime Organisations that have not been ratified and adopted by the Vendor’s country of establishment. The Purchaser indemnifies the Vendor of all liability including but not limited to fines, arrest, prosecution and legal expenses as a consequence of breach of said laws and regulations.

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Standard Logistics Terms & Conditions

Seafirst Marine Services Pte Ltd

PART I - DEFINITIONS AND APPLICATION
1.1 In these Conditions:

"Authority" means a duly constituted legal or administrative person acting within its legal powers and exercising jurisdiction within any nation, state, municipality, port or airport;

"Company" means a Singapore Logistics Association ("SLA") member who provides any Services upon and subject to the provisions of these Conditions;

"Container" means freight container (including without limitation any container, flexitank, trailer, transportable tank, flat, pallet or any article used to consolidate goods) which may carry unique identification numbers and markings, as well as any equipment (including devices which permit its ready handling) forming part thereof or connected thereto;

"Customer" means any person at whose request or on whose behalf the Company provides any Services;

"Dangerous Goods" includes:
(A) Dangerous goods as defined in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives) Regulations 1997;
(B) Goods specified in the Third Schedule to the Road Traffic (Expressway Traffic) Rules (1990 Ed.);
(C) Goods which are or may become of a dangerous, inflammable or radioactive character or damaging to itself or other property, or goods so dangerously packed, or goods likely to harbour or encourage vermin or other pests, or goods which owing to legal, administrative or other obstacles as to their carriage, discharge or otherwise may be detained or cause any other property or person to be detained;
(D) Empty receptacles which were previously used for the carriage of Dangerous Goods unless such receptacles have been rendered safe; and
(E) Goods which are considered to be dangerous or hazardous by any authority

"Electronic Data Interchange" means the electronic transfer from computer to computer of commercial or administrative transactions using agreed standard to structure the transaction or message data;

"Goods" means the cargo in relation to which the Services are provided by the Company and includes any Container, packaging or pallet supplied by or on behalf of the Customer;

"Hague-Visby Rules" means the provisions of the International Convention for the unification of certain rules relating to bills of lading signed at Brussels on 25 August 1924, as amended by the Protocol made at Brussels on 23 February 1968;

"Multimodal Transport Operator" shall have the same meaning as set out in the bylaws of the Singapore Registry of Accredited Multimodal Transport Operators;

"Owner" means the owner of the Goods and includes any other person who is or may become interested in the Goods;

"Services" means any business undertaken or any advice, information or services provided by the Company; and

"Warsaw Convention" means the Convention for the unification of certain rules relating to international carriage by air opened for signature at Warsaw on 12 October 1929, as amended by the Hague Protocol of 1955 and the Montreal Protocol of 1995.

"Conditions" means the provisions set out herein including the "Rules Governing Electronic Data Interchange"

1.2 Where applicable, words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa; words importing a gender includes every gender and references to persons include bodies corporate and unincorporate.
1.3 Clause headings are inserted for convenience of reference only and shall be ignored in the interpretation of these Conditions.
1.4 Any reference to any statute shall be deemed also to refer to any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof or any statutory instrument, order or regulation made thereunder or under such re-enactment.
   
2.1 Any Services or activities provided by the Company, whether gratuitously or otherwise, shall be subject to these conditions which are deemed to be incorporated into any agreement or arrangement between the Company and its Customer, and which are also deemed to prevail over any conditions of contract of the Customer.
2.2 In respect of any agreement or arrangement between the Company and its Customer for the provision of any Services to which these Conditions apply that is effected by means of Electronic Data Interchange, the provisions set out in the "Rules Governing Electronic Data Interchange" annexed to these Conditions shall, unless otherwise expressly agreed, apply and shall be deemed to form part of these Conditions.
2.3 Without prejudice to Clause 2.1 above,

(i) the provisions of Part II hereunder shall apply to all Services provided by the Company whether as agent or principal;
(ii) the provisions of Part III shall apply only to the extent that the Services are provided by the Company as agent. In the event of any inconsistencies between any provisions in Part III and those in Part II, the provisions in Part II shall apply to the extent that they are not inconsistent with those in Part III; and
(iii) the provisions of Part IV shall apply only to the extent that the Services are provided by the Company as principal. In the event of any inconsistencies between any provisions in Part IV and those in Part II, the provisions in Part II shall apply to the extent that they are not inconsistent with those in Part IV.
2.4 If any legislation is compulsorily applicable to any Services, these conditions shall as regards such Services be read as subject to such legislation and nothing in these Conditions shall be construed as a surrender by the Company of any of its rights or immunities or as an increase of any of its responsibilities or liabilities under such legislation. If any part of these Conditions is repugnant to such legislation to any extent such part shall as regards such Services be void to that extent but no further.
2.5 Subject to clause 2.4 above, where a "bill of lading" or "waybill" is issued by or on behalf of the Company and provides that the Company contracts as carrier, the provisions set out in such document shall be paramount in so far as such provisions are inconsistent with these Conditions.
2.6 Every variation, cancellation or waiver of these Conditions or any part thereof must be in writing signed by a Director of the Company. Notice is hereby given that no other person has or will be given any authority whatsoever to agree to any variation, cancellation or waiver of these Conditions.
   
3 All Services are provided by the Company as agents except in one or more of the following circumstances where the Company acts as principal:
3.1 where the Company performs any carriage, handling or storage of Goods but only to the extent that the carriage is performed by the Company itself or its servants and the Goods are in the actual custody and control of the Company or its servants;
3.2 where the Company contracts with its Customers as a Multimodal Transport Operator; or
3.3 to the extent that the Company expressly agrees in writing to act as a principal.
   
4 Without prejudice to the generality of Clause 3,
4.1 the charging by the Company of an inclusive price for any Services shall not in itself determine that the Company is acting as an agent or a principal in respect of such Services;
4.2 the supplying by the Company of their own or leased equipment and/or facilities, shall not in itself determine that the Company is acting as an agent or a principal in respect of such Services;
4.3 the Company acts as an agent where the Company procures the issue of a bill of lading or other document evidencing a contract of carriage between a person, other than the Company, and the Customer or Owner; and
4.4 the Company acts as an agent and never as a principal when providing Services in respect of or relating to customs requirements, taxes, licences, consular documents, certificates of origin, inspection, certificates and other services similar or incidental thereto.
   
PART II - GENERAL CONDITIONS
  Obligations of the Customer
5 The Customer warrants that he is either the Owner or the authorised agent of the Owner of the Goods, and that he is authorised to accept and is accepting these Conditions not only for himself butalso as agent for and on behalf of the Owner of the Goods.
6 The Customer warrants that he has reasonable knowledge of matters affecting the conduct of his business, including but not limited to the terms of sale and purchase of the Goods and all other matters relating thereto.
7 The Customer shall give to the Company sufficient and executable instructions.
8 The Customer warrants that the description and particulars of the Goods are complete, accurate and correct.
9 Unless the Company has agreed in writing to pack the Goods, the Customer warrants that the Goods are properly and sufficiently prepared, packed, stowed, labelled and/or marked, and that the preparation, packing, stowage, labelling and marking are appropriate to any operations or transactions affecting the Goods and in particular to withstand the ordinary risks of handling, storage and carriage.
10 The Customer warrants that where the Company receives the Goods from the Customer already stowed in or on a Container or any other device constructed for the carriage of goods (each hereafter individually referred to as "the transport unit"), the transport unit is in good condition, and is suitable for the carriage of the Goods to the intended destination.
11 The Customer warrants that it has complied with all laws and regulations relating to the nature, condition, packing, handling, storage and carriage of the Goods.
   
  Special Instructions, Goods and Services
12.1 Unless otherwise previously agreed in writing, the Customer shall not deliver to the Company or cause the Company to deal with or handle Dangerous Goods.
12.2 If the Customer delivers to the Company or causes the Company to deal with or handle Dangerous Goods in breach of Clause 12.1 above, the Company shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever caused by or to the Dangerous Goods and the Customer shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Company against all penalties, claims, liabilities (whether civil, criminal or otherwise), damages, costs and expenses whatsoever arising in connection with or incidental to such loss or damage, and the Dangerous Goods may without notice be destroyed or otherwise dealt with at the sole discretion of the Company or any other person in whose custody they may be at the relevant time without compensation to and at the cost of the Customer.
12.3 If the Company agrees in writing to accept Dangerous Goods and subsequently, in the sole opinion of the Company,

(i) they are deemed to constitute a risk to other goods, property, life or health or
(ii) owing to legal, administrative or other obstacles whether as to their carriage, discharge or otherwise they may be detained or cause any other property or person to be detained,

they may without notice be destroyed or otherwise dealt with at the expense of the Customer or Owner without compensation or any liability whatsoever attaching to the Company.
13 No insurance will be effected except upon express instructions given in writing by the Customer and all such insurances effected by the Company are subject to the usual exceptions and conditions of the policies of the insurance company or underwriters taking the risk. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the Company shall not be under any obligation to effect a separate insurance on each consignment but may declare it on any open or general policy held by the Company. Should the insurers dispute their liability for any reason whatsoever the insured shall have recourse against the insurers only and the Company shall not be under any responsibility or liability whatsoever in relation thereto notwithstanding that the premium upon the policy may not be at the same rate as that charged by the Company or paid to the Company by its Customers. The Company acts solely as agent for the Customer in effecting insurance and does so subject to the limits of liability contained in clauses 29 and 30 herein notwithstanding that loss or damage was caused by the Company's negligence or default including any failure to place any insurance or the appropriate insurance.
14 Except in accordance with express instructions previously received in writing and accepted in writing by the Company, the Company shall not be obliged to make any declaration for the purposes of any statute, convention or contract as to the nature or value of any Goods or as to any special interest in delivery.
15.1 Unless otherwise previously agreed in writing by the Company, instructions relating to the delivery or release of goods in specified circumstances only (including without limitation against payment or against surrender of a particular document) are accepted by the Company as agents for the Customer where third parties are engaged to effect compliance with these instructions.
15.2 Notwithstanding the neglect or default of the Company, the Company shall not be under any liability in respect of such arrangements referred to in sub-clause (15.1) above.
15.3 In any event and notwithstanding the Company's negligence, the Company's liability in respect of the performance and arranging the performance of such instruction referred to sub-clause (15.1) above shall not exceed that provided under clause 29 herein.
16 The Company does not undertake that the goods shall depart or arrive by any particular date.
   
  General Indemnities
17 The Customer undertakes that no claim shall be made against any director, servant or employee of the Company which imposes or seek to impose upon them any liability in connection with any Services undertaken by the Company and if any such claim is made, to indemnify the Company and the said director, servant or employee against all consequences thereof.
18 The Customer and the Owner shall hold harmless, defend and keep the company indemnified from and against:
18.1 All liability, loss, damage, costs and expenses whatsoever including without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, all duties, taxes, imports, levies, deposits and outlays of whatsoever nature levied by any Authority in relation to the Goods and for all payments and fines arising out of the Company acting in accordance with the Customer's instructions or arising from any breach by the Customer or Owner of any Warranty or obligation contained in these Conditions or from the negligence of the Customer or Owner; and
18.2 Without derogation from sub-clause (a) above, any liability assumed or incurred by the Company when by reason of carrying out the Customer's instructions the Company has reasonably become liable or may become liable to any other party; and
18.3 All claims, costs and demands whatsoever and by whomsoever made or preferred in excess of the liability of the Company under the terms of these Conditions regardless whether such claims, costs and demands arise from or in connection with the negligence or breach of duty of the Company its servants, sub-contractors or agents.
18.4 Advice and information, in whatever form as may be given, are provided by the Company for the Customer only and the Customer shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Company for all liability, loss, damage, costs and expenses arising out of any other person relying on such advice or information. Except under special arrangements, advice and information which are not related to instructions accepted by the Company are provided gratuitously and without liability.
18.5 (i) The Customer and Owner expressly agrees that no servant, agent or other person (including any independent contractor) shall in any circumstances be under any liability to the Customer or Owner for any loss or damage or delay of whatsoever kind arising or resulting directly or indirectly from any act, neglect or default on his part while acting in the course of or in connection with his employment or as agent of the Company or otherwise. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing every exemption, limitation, condition and liberty herein contained and every right, exemption from liability, defence and immunity applicable to the Company shall also be available and shall extend to protect every such servant, agent or other person (including any independent contractor) and for the purpose of this condition, the Company is or shall be deemed to be acting as agent or trustee on behalf of and for the benefit of all such servants, agents or other persons (including any independent contractors) and all such persons shall to this extent be or deemed to be parties to the contract between the Company and the Customer or Owner.

(ii) In this Clause 18, "contractor" and "contractors" include direct and indirect sub-contractors and their respective servants and agents.
18.6 The Customer and Owner shall solely be liable for demurrage or loss, damage, contamination, soiling or detention before during or after the carriage of property (including but not limited to Containers) of the Company or any person or vessel referred to herein caused directly or indirectly by the Customer or Owner or any person acting as servants, agents or independent contractors for or on behalf of either of them.
   
  Charges, etc.
19.1 The Customer shall pay to the Company in cash or in such manner as the Company may agree all sums immediately when due without deduction or deferment on account of any claim, counterclaims or set-off and the Customer agrees to waive the right of set-off, if any, as against the company.
19.2 When the Company is instructed to collect freight, duties, charges or other expenses from any person other than the Customer, the Customer shall remain responsible and shall make payment of the same to the Company on receipt of evidence of demand and in the absence of evidence of payment for whatever reason by such other person.
19.3 On all amounts overdue to the Company, the Customer shall pay to the Company interest, calculated from the date such amounts are overdue until payment thereof, at the rate of two (2) per cent per month.
19.4 Notwithstanding and without prejudice to Clause 19(c), in the event that the Customer fails to pay any sum due to the Company within five (5) days from the date any such sum is due, the Company shall be entitled at any time thereafter by written notice to the Customer declare that:

(i) all credit terms in respect of all or any part of the Services rendered pursuant to these Conditions shall be cancelled, whereupon the same shall be cancelled; and

(ii) all sums payable by the Customer to the Company in respect of all or any part of the Services rendered pursuant to these Conditions have become due and payable, whereupon the same shall immediately or in accordance with the terms of such notice become due and payable.
19.5 Any dispute as to the amount or accuracy of any invoice issued by the Company shall be raised by the Customer within 30 days from the date of the invoice, failing which, the Customer is deemed to have conclusively accepted that the invoice is complete and accurate.
19.6 Unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing, all invoices rendered by the Company are payable immediately on sight
19.7 Quotations are given on the basis of immediate acceptance and are subject to withdrawal or revision. Unless otherwise agreed in writing the Company shall be, after acceptance, at liberty to revise quotations or charges with or without notice in the event of changes outside the Company's control including but not limited to charges in currency exchange rates, rates of freight, insurance premiums or any changes applicable to the "Goods".
   
  Liberties and Rights of the Company
20 Except insofar as has otherwise been agreed in writing, the Company shall be entitled and the Customer hereby authorises the Company to enter into contracts on behalf of itself or the Customer and without notice to the Customer,
20.1 for the carriage of Goods by any route, means or person;
20.2 for the carriage of Goods of any description whether containerised or not on or under the deck of any vessel;
20.3 for the storage, packing, transhipment, loading, unloading or handling of Goods by any person at any place whether on shore or afloat and for any length of time;
20.4 for the carriage or storage of Goods in Containers or with other Goods of whatever nature; or
20.5 for the performance of any of its own obligations, and to do such acts as in the sole opinion of the Company may be necessary or incidental to the performance of the Company's obligations.
21.1 The Company shall be entitled but under no obligation to depart from the Customer's instructions in any respect if in the sole opinion of the Company there is good reason to do so in the Customer's interest and the Company shall not thereby incur any additional liability whatsoever, other than its liability (if any) hereunder.
21.2 The Company may at any time comply with the orders or recommendations given by any Authority. The responsibility of the Company in respect of the Goods shall cease on the delivery or other disposition of the Goods in accordance with such orders or recommendations.
22 If at any time the performance of the Company's obligations, in the sole opinion of the Company or any person whose services the Company makes use of, is or is likely to be affected by any hindrance, risk, delay, difficulty or disadvantage whatsoever and which cannot be avoided by reasonable endeavours by the Company or such other person, the Company may, on giving notice in writing to the Customer or Owner or without notice where it is not reasonably possible to give such notice, treat the performance of its obligations as terminated and place the Goods or any part of them at the Customer's or Owner's disposal at any place which the Company may deem in its sole opinion safe and convenient, whereupon the responsibility of the Company in respect of the Goods shall wholly cease. The Customer shall pay on demand any additional costs of carriage and delivery to and storage at such places and all other expenses incurred by the Company.
23 If delivery of the Goods or any part thereof is not taken by the Customer or Owner at the time and place when and where the Company or any person whose services the Company makes use of calls upon the Customer or Owner to take delivery thereof, the Company shall be entitled to store the Goods or any part thereof at the sole risk of the Customer, whereupon the liability of the Company in respect of such Goods shall wholly cease and the cost of such storage and all other expenses and liability whatsoever paid or payable or incurred or which may be incurred by the Company shall be paid by the Customer on demand.
24 Without prejudice to Clauses 22 and 23, the Company shall be entitled but under no obligation, at the expense of the Customer payable on demand and without any liability on the part of the Company to the Customer or the Owner, to sell or dispose:
24.1 on giving 7 days' notice in writing to the Customer of Goods or any part thereof which in the sole opinion of the Company cannot be delivered as instructed; or
24.2 without notice to the Customer, of Goods which have perished, deteriorated or altered, or are in immediate prospect of doing so or which has caused or may reasonably be expected to cause loss or damage to any person or property or to contravene any applicable laws or regulations.
25.1 All Goods and documents in the possession, custody and control of the Company or its Agents shall be subject to a general lien and right of detention for all sums (including without limitation all costs and charges payable by the Customer) due to the Company at any time and from time to time whether in respect of Services provided or in respect of such Goods or other goods or otherwise. If the sums due as aforesaid are not satisfied within 7 days of a notice in writing by the Company to the Customer, the Company shall be entitled to sell or dispose of the Goods or documents whether by public auction, private treaty or otherwise, and the proceeds of sale shall be applied in satisfaction of firstly, the costs and expenses of the sale or disposal and secondly, the sums due to the Company without any liability whatsoever on the part of the Company to the Customer. In the event that the proceeds of sale are insufficient to satisfy all sums due to the Company, the Company shall be entitled to recover from the Customer all sums which remain outstanding.
25.2 Notwithstanding Clause 25(a) above, when the Goods are liable to perish or deteriorate, the Company's right to sell or dispose of the Goods shall arise immediately upon any sum becoming due to the Company subject only to the Company taking reasonable steps to bring to the Customer's attention its intention of selling or disposing of the Goods before doing so.
26 The Company shall have the right to enforce against the Customer and Owner jointly and severally any liability of the Customer under these Conditions or to recover from them any sums to be paid by the Customer which upon demand have not been paid.
   
  Containers
27.1 If a Container has not been packed nor stuffed by the Company, the Company shall not be liable for loss of or damage to the contents thereof if caused by:

(i) the manner in which the Container has been packed or stuffed;

(ii) the unsuitability of the contents for carriage in Containers;

(iii) the unsuitability or defective condition of the Container provided that where the Container has been supplied by or on behalf of the Company, this paragraph shall apply only if the unsuitability or defective condition

(a) arose without any negligence on the part of the Company or
(b) would have been apparent upon reasonable inspection by the Customer or Owner or person acting on behalf of either of them or
(c) arose as a result of the peculiarity of the Goods and such peculiarity is not made known to the Company; or

(iv) the Container not being sealed at the commencement of any carriage.
27.2 The Customer shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Company against all liability, loss, damage, costs and expenses arising from one or more of the matters provided for in (27.1) above.
27.3 Where the Company is instructed to provide a Container, in the absence of any specific request in writing, the Company is not under an obligation to provide a Container of any particular type or quality.
   
  General Liability
28.1 The Company shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from:

(i) the act or omission of the Customer or Owner or any person acting on their behalf;
(ii) compliance with the instructions given to the Company by the Customer, Owner or any other person entitled to give them;
(iii) insufficiency of the preparation, packing, storage, labelling or marking of the Goods except where such service has been provided by the Company;
(iv) handling, loading, stowage or unloading of the Goods by the Customer or Owner or any person acting on their behalf;
(v) inherent vice of the Goods;
(vi) riots, civil commotion, strikes, lockouts, stoppage or restrain of labour from whatsoever cause; or
(vii) any cause or event which the Company could not avoid and the consequences whereof it could not prevent by the exercise of reasonable diligence.
28.2 The Company shall not in any circumstances whatsoever and howsoever arising, including without limitation any negligence on the part of the Company, its servants and/or agents be liable for loss or damage howsoever caused to property other than the Goods themselves, indirect or consequential loss or damage, loss of profits, loss of market or the consequences of any delay or deviation.
   
  Amount of Compensation
29 Except in so far as otherwise provided by these Conditions, the liability of the Company howsoever arising and notwithstanding that such liability shall have arisen from the neglect or default of the Company, shall not exceed:
29.1 in respect of all claims other than those subject to the provisions of Clause 31 below, the lesser of

(i) the value of the Goods lost, damaged, misdirected, misdelivered or in respect of which a claim arises; or
(ii) S$5.00 per gross kilogram of the said Goods, and shall not exceed S$100,000.00 in any event whatsoever in respect of any one claim; and
29.2 in respect of claims for delay where not excluded by the provisions of these Conditions, the amount of the Company's charges for the services in respect of the Goods delayed.
30 For the purposes of Clause 29 and Clause 31, the value of the Goods:
30.1 shall be calculated by reference to the invoice value of the Goods plus freight and insurance if paid; and
30.2 if there is no invoice value for the Goods, shall be calculated by reference to the value of such Goods at the place and time when they are delivered to the Customer or Owner, their assignees or such persons as instructed by the Customer or should have been so delivered. The value of the Goods shall be fixed according to the current market value or commodity exchange price or if there is no current market value or commodity exchange price, by reference to the normal value of Goods of the same kind and quality.
31 By special agreement in writing and on payment of additional charges, higher compensation may be claimed from the Company not exceeding the value of the Goods or the agreed value, whichever is the lesser.
32.1 The Company shall be discharged of any liability whatsoever unless:

(i) notice of any claim, such notice being a condition precedent to any liability on the part of the Company, is received in writing by the Company or its agent within 7 days after the date specified in 32.2 below; and
(ii) The Company shall be discharged of any liability whatsoever unless suit is brought in the proper forum within 9 months after the date specified in 32.2 below.
32.2 The date referred to in Clause 32.1 above shall:

(i) in the case of damage to Goods, the date of delivery of the Goods, and in the case of loss of the Goods, the date the Goods should have been delivered;
(ii) in the case of delay or non-delivery of the Goods, the date that the Goods should have been delivered; and
(iii) in any other case, the event giving rise to the claim.
   
  General Average
33 The Customer shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Company in respect of any general average or any claims of a general average nature which may be made on the Company and the Customer shall provide such security as may be required by the Company in this connection.
   
  Miscellaneous
34 Any notice served by post in relation to or in connection with the Agreement or the Services hereunder shall be conclusively deemed to have been received on the second day following the day on which it was posted to the address of the recipient last known to the Company. Any notice sent by facsimile transmission by the Customer or the Owner to the Company shall be conclusively deemed to have been received at the time of actual receipt by the Company. This clause shall be without prejudice to any other agreement or arrangement between the Company and the Customer or Owner relating to communications by means of Electronic Data Interchange.
35 The waiver by the Company of a breach or default of any of the provisions set out in these Conditions shall not be construed as a waiver of any succeeding breach of the same or other provisions herein nor shall any delay or omission on the part of the Company to exercise or avail itself of any right power or privilege that it has or may have hereunder operate as a waiver of any breach or default by the Customer.
36 The rights and remedies conferred on the Company under these Conditions shall be cumulative and shall be in addition to and without prejudice to any rights or remedies otherwise available (whether at law or in equity) to the Company.
37.1 The defences and limits of liability provided for by these Conditions shall apply in any action against the Company whether such action be founded in contract or tort or in whatsoever form.
37.2 Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary contained herein, Services in relation to goods of a fragile nature such as glass or china; antiques, works of art and pictures; bullion, precious metal objects and jewellery, precious stones; bank notes, coins, travellers cheques, drafts, credit and charge cards, any cards and documents entitling the holder to receive cash, goods or services, accounts, bills, deeds, evidence of debt; computer data on any medium, bonds, negotiable instruments or securities of any kind; goods of a perishable nature such as plants, foodstuffs or provisions; human remains; special goods such as live animals, birds, reptiles, fish and the like and radioactive cargoes are only rendered by the company solely at the Customer's risk without any liability whatsoever to the Company, including without limitation any liability arising from the negligence of the Company.
37.3 The rates published herewith are for the conveyance to all parts of the world of goods consisting of ordinary merchandise; the Customer is responsible for the payment of any increase in rates, freights, premiums or other charges which may be imposed after the commencement of the transit. Works of art and other goods of high value, goods out of proportion in bulk to their weight such as bicycles, perambulators, feathers, bamboo-furniture or hollow glass, may be accepted at rates which are available from the Company on request. Customs duties, local taxes and charges, porterage and local delivery expenses are additional to the rates for carriage unless otherwise stated. All rates and charges when payable abroad are liable to be slightly increased.
37.4 The Company shall have the option of charging by value, weight or measurement.
   
  Jurisdiction and Law
38 These Conditions and any claim or dispute arising out of or in connection with the Services of the Company shall be subject to Singapore law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Singapore courts.
   
PART III - COMPANY ACTING AS AGENTS
39.1 To the extent that the Company acts as an agent, the Company does not make or purport to make any contract with the Customer for the carriage, storage or handling of the Goods nor for any other physical service in relation to them and acts solely on behalf of the Customer in securing such services by establishing contracts with third parties so that direct contractual relationships are established between the Customer and such third parties.
39.2 The Company shall not be liable for the acts or omissions of such third parties referred to in sub clause 39.2 above.
39.3 The Company shall not be responsible for any accident or for any act neglect or default howsoever arising whether wilful or otherwise on the part of its agents or those with whom it contracts in respect of the Goods to be forwarded, whether they are carriers by land, sea or air (whether ship owners, lighter men, canal, railway or aircraft operators or others) or warehouse keepers or other persons. The Company shall not be responsible for any money paid or remitted by it on behalf of the senders to any persons in respect of the Goods to be forwarded, whether for the purpose of paying duties or charges in respect of the Goods or otherwise. All the general and special exemptions stated in this condition shall apply although the particular rates or charges made by the Company to the senders or persons forwarding the Goods may not be identical with the amounts paid by it to such agents, contractors or other persons.
40.1 Without prejudice to Clause 20, the Company when acting as an agent has the authority of the Customer to enter into contracts on the Customer's behalf and to do such acts so as to bind the Customer by such contracts and acts in all respects notwithstanding any departure from the Customer's instructions.
40.2 The Company only forwards Goods subject to the contracts, terms, conditions, and regulations of the various persons, companies or Authorities into whose possession the Goods may pass.
40.3 The Customer shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Company in respect of all liability, loss, damage, costs or expenses arising out of any contracts made in the procurement of the satisfaction of the Customer's requirements.
   
  Choice of Rates
41 Where there is a choice of rates according to the extent or degree of liability assumed by persons carrying, storing or handling the Goods, no declaration of value where optional will be made unless otherwise agreed in writing.
   
PART IV - COMPANY ACTING AS PRINCIPAL
42 To the extent that the Company contracts as principal for the performance of the Customer's instructions, the Company undertakes to perform or in its own name to procure the performance of the Customer's instructions and subject to the provisions of these Conditions shall be liable for the loss of or damage to the Goods occurring from the time that the Goods are taken into its charge until the time of delivery.
43 Notwithstanding any other provision in these Conditions, except for the provisions in clauses 29, 30, 31 and 32 herein, if it is proven that loss of or damage to the Goods occurred, the Company's liability shall be determined by the provisions contained in any international convention or national law, the provisions of which:
43.1 cannot be departed from by private contract, to the detriment of the claimant; and
43.2 would have applied if the claimant had made a separate and direct contract with the actual provider of the particular service in respect of that service or stage of carriage where the loss or damage occurred and received as evidence thereof any particular document which must be issued if such international convention or national law shall apply.
44 Notwithstanding any provision in these Conditions but subject to Clauses 43 and 45, if it can be proved that the loss of or damage to the Goods occurred at sea or inland waterway and the provisions of Clause 43 do not apply, the Company's liability shall be limited to those set out in the Hague-Visby Rules and the Company shall be entitled to rely on all defences, exemptions or limitations provided to carriers by the Hague-Visby Rules. Reference in the Hague-Visby Rules to carriage by sea shall be deemed to include reference to carriage by inland waterways and the Hague-Visby Rules shall be construed accordingly.
45 Notwithstanding the provisions of Clause 44, if the loss of or damage to the Goods occurred at sea or on inland waterways, and the Owner, Charterer or operator of the vessel establishes a limitation fund, the liability of the Company shall be limited to the proportion of the said limitation fund allocated to the Goods.
   
  Air Carriage
46 If the Company acts as a principal in respect of a carriage of Goods by air, the following notice is hereby given:

If the carriage involves an ultimate destination or stop in a country other than the country of departure, the Warsaw Convention may be applicable and the Convention governs and in most cases limits the liability of carriers in respect of loss of or damage to cargo. Agreed stopping places are those places (other than the places of departure and destination) shown under requested routing and/or those places shown in carrier’s timetable as scheduled stopping places for the route. The address of the first carrier is the airport of departure
   
  Both-To-Blame Collision Clause
47 The current Both-to-Blame Collision Clause as adopted by BIMCO is incorporated in and deemed to form part of these Conditions. If the vessel comes into collision with another vessel as a result of the negligence of the other vessel and any act of negligence of default of the Master, Marines, Pilot or the servant of the carrier in the navigation or in the management of the vessel, the merchant will indemnify the carrier against all loss or liability to the other or non-carrying vessel or her Owner insofar as such loss or liability represents loss of or damage to or any claim whatsoever of the owner of the said goods paid or payable by the carrying vessel or her Owner as part of his claim against the carrying vessel or carrier. The foregoing provisions shall also apply where the Owner operator or those in charge of any vessels or objects other than or in addition to the colliding vessels or objects are at fault in respect of a collision or contract.
   
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