This is the leading statement of the principles behind charterparties and bills of lading, which is the area of law covering parties to the hire and chartering of ships, and the carriage of goods at least partially by sea.
First published in 1886, Scrutton has provided a first port of call for research when drafting contracts or dealing with disputes for generations.
New in this edition
Case law covering key topics, including:
- The Pacific Champ  (the formation of charterparties)
- The Cenk Kaptanoglu  (duress)
- The Kyla  (frustration)
- Finmoon v. Baltic Reefers , The Saga Explorer , The Erin Schulte  (bills of lading)
- The DC Merwestone  (perils of the sea)
- The Falkonera , The Dolphina  (discharge and delivery of cargo)
- The Wren , The Aquafaith , The Kos , The Western Moscow , The Astra  (time charters)
- The Bulk Chile  (liens)
- The Glory Wealth  (Comm) and The New Flamenco  (Comm) – two important cases concerning the proper approach to the assessment of damages – the former concerning the application of the "compensatory principle" and the latter addressing the difficult question which often arises as to what, if any credit, should be given for a benefit received by the innocent party following the wrongdoer's breach
- The Athena  – concerning the scope and effect of a net loss of time clause in a time charter
- The Crudesky  and The Global Santosh  – two different cases considering whether third parties (a seller of goods in the context of a voyage charter and a receiver in the context of a time charter) might be regarded as the agent of the charterer for certain purposes
- The Superior Pescadores  (Comm) – concerning the scope and effect of a clause paramount
- The Falkonera  – dealing with the important topic of ship-to-ship transfers
- The Erin Schulte  – concerning the interpretation of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992 and, in particular, the meaning of the expression "completion, by delivery of the bill, of any endorsement of the bill" in section 5(2)(b) of the Act
- The book is the leading analysis of general principles in the fields of time charters, voyage charters and demise charters.
- The book is uniquely arranged as a series of articles, in which Scrutton pinpoints specific topics that a reader might need to research, within a compact and thorough structure, and interrogates each topic concisely
- It covers charterparties role as a key form of commercial contract, from the initial construction of the contract, through the rights and liabilities it confers, terms, agency and performance
- Analyzes and defines bills of lading as contracts in their own right, as a receipt or a docuzent of title, and examines general liability
- Addresses issues to do with loading, i.e., cancelling, safety, readiness to load, duties to furnish, broken stowage, ballast and dunnage
- Explores the limitations of liability for shipowners in the case of loss of, or damage to, goods carried
- Examines duties and potential losses consequent of the voyage and unloading
- Discusses demurrage in the context of charterparties and bills of lading – for example, who is liable for demurrage in each case
- Covers freight rights and payable parties, for example in cases of short delivery, or delivery short of place of destination
- Covers time charters, including their characteristics, duration, rights of withdrawal, owners and charterer's obligations, condition on redelivery and indemnity
- Discusses through bills of lading, where combined forms of transportation are used, particularly containers
- Includes the text and commentary on the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1971
- Appendices include statutes affecting the contract of affreightment; the York-Antwerp Rules, the Inter-Club New York Produce Exchange Agreement 1996 (as amended September 2011), as well as various foreign legislation from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.S.