BIMCO has adopted revised standard terms to be used in bunker contracts – BIMCO Bunker Terms 2018
Adopted by the BIMCO Documentary Committee Meeting in New York on 2 May 2018, the new version came about as a result of a review started in September 2016 in light of the OW Bunker Bankruptcy in November 2014.
The goal of the revised terms was to create a balanced set of terms that could be adopted by both suppliers and buyers of bunkers with minimal changes and to replace or cut down the large number of supplier’s terms and conditions used in the industry. As such, the new terms provide comprehensive provisions regarding claims management for quantity, quality and delay claims. They also provide a liability cap which sets a default limit of liability for the other party at either the invoice value or US$500,000, whichever is higher. The parties can, however, increase that figure by mutual agreement.
The new terms include an innovative “election sheet” which forms part of the contract for the supply of bunkers in which the parties can make certain agreed changes to the terms. These include, amongst other changes, choice of law and forum, liability cap and place of delivery.
It is hoped that since the new bunker terms have been created by representatives on both sides of the bunker transaction that the document will be widely taken up by the industry.